By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Nothing's changed for Scott Brown when he drives to work, even though it's now in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol. The newly elected Massachusetts Republican senator still drives his 2005 green GMC Canyon pickup truck to the job.
Aides say that Brown has no plans to trade the truck in for a more senatorial ride. What's more, when he travels around town to events, he shoves his aides into the cluttered back seat of the mid-size truck.
Whispers was on the Hill this week when we saw Brown's pickup truck parked beside the Russell Senate Office Building across the street from the Capitol. Brown's truck still carried his Massachusetts Senate license tag No. 28 and was decorated with his state and U.S. Senate bumper stickers and another for the National Guard, in which he serves.
The parking lot is home to lots of other cars of Senate members, the most notable a 1974 VW Thing driven by North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr. The weathered Jeep-like vehicle is seemingly held together with bumper stickers that read "Cap and Trade Dumb and Dumber," and "Honk if I'm Paying Your Mortgage."