A self-described lifelong Democrat, Medford City Councilor Rick Caraviello announced his support for the re-election of Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown Monday.
Brown and Caraviello spent Monday morning touring businesses and shaking hands with passersby in West Medford and Medford Square. Caraviello, owner and founder of R.C. Limo Service, said he's supporting Brown because he is tired of federal regulations and taxes on small businesses.
"It makes it hard for us to do business," Caraviello said inside Magnificent Muffin and Bagel Shoppe Monday morning.
Although Caraviello is a registered Democrat, he isn't exactly dyed blue. He said has voted for Republicans in the past, and his political ideology has an Independent ring to it.
"I vote for the person, not the party," he said.
Still, it's support Brown will gladly take.
"We'll take his vote. A very influential, hard working, longtime resident, city councilor, Democrat - we'll take that," Brown said during a stop at West Medford Auto and Hardware Supply. "I don't care if he's a Democrat or an Independent, bottom line is, I'm out here fighting for jobs and the economy, working to protect the middle class."
Brown also took the opportunity to draw a line between himself and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law professor and Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
"There are two different philosophies between Professor Warren and me," Brown said. "She's a jobs destroyer. She wants to raise your taxes, more regulations, more money out of your pocket books and wallets and into the federal government's."