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Brown defends taxi driver after tracker dust-up

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Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown wants to make peace with a Martha’s Vineyard cab driver who was videotaped this week confronting a Republican tracker who attempted to film Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Mr. Brown, a Republican, sent a letter Thursday to the Oak Bluffs, Mass., Board of Selectmen asking them not to revoke the taxi license of Morgan Reitzas, the cab driver who was preparing to transport Ms. Warren on Sunday when he took issue with the tracker who was videotaping her.

The incident, which was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, showed Mr. Reitzas attempting to block the camera with his hand before exchanging words with the tracker.

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The state GOP, which erroneously referred to the cab driver as a Warren aide, demanded an apology from the Democrat’s campaign. The Warren campaign pointed out that he had no contention to the candidate, but acknowledged that the tracker had the right to film in public.

Lawyers for Mr. Reitzas said at a Wednesday news conference that he regrets the altercation but was acting out of concern for the privacy of his young daughter, who was inside the taxi. They added that he has received anonymous threats since the incident.

In his letter, Mr. Brown said he had heard reports that the board was considering revoking Mr. Reitzas’ taxi license. The senator asked the board for leniency, writing that Mr. Reitzas “seems like a regular guy” who was simply caught in an unfamiliar situation.

“Mr. Reitzas was put into a situation that is foreign to most people, he did not understand what was going on and he let his emotions get the better of him,” Mr. Brown wrote.

The Senate race between Mr. Brown and Mrs. Warren figures to be one of the tightest in the country, as recent polls have showed both candidates leading by slight margins.

A poll last week by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling showed Mr. Brown with a five-point lead.

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