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Don’t underestimate Scott Brown

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Dino Teppara
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      Dino Teppara

      Dino Teppara is an attorney and former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC). He is the first Indian American to ever serve as Chief of Staff and Counsel to a Member of Congress. He served on congressional staff for seven years and previously served as a law clerk to a well-respected state appellate judge.

      He serves as Chairman of the Indian American Republican Council, a national nonprofit organization consisting of Americans who trace their heritage to India and Americans who seek to promote center-right policies in the Indian American community. He has worked on 10 high-profile political campaigns around the country including both of Governor Bobby Jindal’s statewide campaigns in Louisiana. His writings have been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Roll Call, The Hill and he has appeared on several local newscasts and CNN International. He is the first Indian American to ever address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in a speech opposing illegal immigration to more than 4,000 people that was nationally televised.

      He attended the University of Nebraska on a tennis scholarship and received his B.A. in 1997 with a major in Philosophy and minor in English. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington in 2000. He will also receive an Officer Commission later this year, making him the only Indian American Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy.

The tea party movement continues to sweep across the United States, and the center-right community is coalescing and gaining strength.  In an election year, emboldened by strong electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, conservatives and independents are slowly building a viable coalition that may result in a political wave this fall.

With that being said, much of the spotlight continues to fall on superstars like Sarah Palin and Scott Brown.  Of the former, no one questions her star power or conservative bona fides.  But of the latter, there are some conservatives now questioning whether Scott Brown is truly “one of us” throughout the blogosphere.  Relax, I say.  He is.

First of all, remember what he did.  He took on a very experienced Democrat opponent in a state where Democrats largely outnumber Republicans.  Sensing the overreaching by liberals on Capitol Hill, he tapped into intense voter angst, making his opposition to the health care reform process the foundation of his campaign.  He did not say he was opposed to health care reform.  Rather, he was opposed, like the majority of Americans, with the ram-it-through-at-any-cost mentality espoused by the liberal majorities in Congress.

He ran a smart, principled campaign, and he was a polished, effective speaker and candidate.  He is a lawyer with a military background and is a family man.  He is, like Sarah Palin, a legitimate political superstar.

Is he a conservative?  YES.  He is speaking to the Massachusetts Republican Party State Convention on Saturday and to the Republican National Lawyers Association.  He spoke on the very first day of this year’s historic Conservative Political Action Conference, which drew the largest gathering in history, with more than 10,000 attendees.

Despite the fact that’s been to virtually every tea party meeting in Massachusetts, liberal reporters are now trying to stir up trouble by acting as if he is snubbing tea party activists.  Don’t be foolish and fall for this liberal trap.  The reason why he wasn’t in Boston on Wednesday was because Congress was in session for the first time in more than two weeks, and he has to vote on Capitol Hill.  Have people already forgotten that he is an elected official and that he has to cast votes for his constituents like every other Member of Congress?  As soon as he’s done voting, he’ll be back with state party activists on Saturday.

  • libertyatstake

    Brown is positioning himself to be McCain’s heir apparent wearing the Senate “maverick” tiara. Let’s just recognize that and move on. I like my drama queen centrists from MA a lot better than from AZ. It’s an improvement.

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    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • thesauce

    As far as Scott Brown being a Republican, I’m sold. He seems as conservative as any other Republican and it’s hard to imagine anyone much more conservative getting elected in Massachusetts. But, “Scott Brown is one of us, and he and all of our conservative fighters need our support more than ever to fight both the liberals in Congress and in the media.”

    I have trouble buying this. The health care bill is a massive expansion of government and a huge new entitlement. Assuming that the fight you’re talking about involves (at least in part) undoing the health care bill, then I think conservatives have a lot to be anxious about. As far as I know, no one has ever gotten rid of an entitlement. In fact it’s really hard to think of any expansion of government power, over the last fifty years, that Republicans have actually put the breaks on.

    I’m sure there are liberals in the media who want to split up Brown from the teaparty constituency in MA, but I think teapartiers have every right to be skeptical of an alliance with the GOP.