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Republican Senator Scott Brown says he is not a Tea Partier

The surprise victory of Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts was thought of at the time as one of the Tea Party’s first big victories. But as he prepares for a tough reelection fight in one of the country’s bluest states, Brown tells USA Today that he is not a Tea Partier.

“No, I am a Republican from Massachusetts,” Brown told the paper when asked if he was a member of the Tea Party. He also referred to himself as a “Scott Brown Republican” concerned primarily with fiscal issues.

“I’m somebody who keeps an open mind on all the other issues,” Brown said before adding: “I’m not a social crusader.”

The paper notes that, in his new book, Brown refers to the Tea Party just once. “I think a lot of different entities played big roles,” he said when asked about the Tea Party’s contribution to his victory. “There’s no one particular group that did more than the others.”

Brown’s poll numbers in Massachusetts are solid. A recent survey conducted by Public Policy Polling showed that his approval rating is 53 percent, against only 29 percent disapproving of the Senator.

Still, despite his strong showing in the polls, some disillusioned conservative groups that backed the moderate Senator in his election last year are now looking to back a more conservative primary challenger to Brown. “We would support someone to run against him in the primary,” National Republican Trust executive director Scott Wheeler told the Washington Examiner last month. “If voters in Massachusetts had not seen how people across the nation rose up and supported him, he would not have been elected.”

  • kingfish

    It’s OBVIOUS Scott Brown has not respect for those who put this WIMP in office. He’s voted with the Dems on all the outrageous unconstitutional bills. The Tea Party has already told him they want their money back, as he’s misrepresented himself.

    If he THINKS he’s going to survive this next election, he’s got a BIG WAKE-UP CALL coming! These aren’t the old days when, once elected, you’re in like flint for LIFE. THIS JERK WILL BE OUSTED. THE PRETTY BOY IS GOING DOWN!

  • bigdave

    BROWN ALSO SAID HE AGREES WITH THEIR POSITION!!

  • robb32

    Typical republican…he simply USED the Tea Party’s organizational fervor for his own political gain and quickly dissed them after winning. He should also remember, the Tea Party is NOT a member of the “Squat Brown party for life” either, and what is given can also be taken away… Rino’s, Dino’s ..they all suck butt. Be true to who you are and don’t misrepresent it.

  • krjohnson

    If anyone thinks that they can get a more conservative Senator elected in Massachusetts I guess they can go ahead and try. I’m not going to predict much success. We’re quite privileged to have someone like Scott Brown in that seat, who will at least stand up to the most egregious fiscal abuses of the Dems.

  • http://twitter.com/CommieJuice CommieJuice

    He’s the biggest disappointment in the GOP in recent memory. He has taken his place as the packer leader of the Rinos. His voting record actually put Arlen Spectacle’s to shame even when he was a Dimocrat. It’s Republicans like him that allow people the opportunity to say there isn’t any difference between Dims and GOP.

    @SargeH – Still on the meds in that nervous hospital, I see. I don’t see how they allow you around dangerous objects like a computer with internet access. A full-time walking subsidy from your mother’s basement to the white padded room. Give it a rest son!

    • SargeH

      Don’t call me, son, butt head. I’m 68. From ’65 to ’69 I was in the U.S. military. Do you remember what was going on then? What were you doing then? You mentioned my mother; she died two weeks ago. As far as the basement; my wheelchair doesn’t make it down the stairs.

      You are probably one of the more obnoxious cretins to ever appear in this forum. I’m as conservative as anyone here, but to non-conservatives, you’re a caricature of what those on the left like to portray us as.

  • MerryJ1

    I don’t think Scott Brown ever claimed to be conservative, so I don’t understand the kerfuffle. As a Massachusetts Republican, he’s presumably less liberal than most Massachusetts Democrats and was seen as a lesser evil (than his Democratic-Party-backed opponent), but those who feel “betrayed” by his post-election stance were just kidding themselves.

    His election to the “Kennedy seat” was still a victory for the Republican Party (and thus indirectly for the TEA Party movement), but you just can’t expect to get a conservative out of a sow’s ear. It’s Massachusetts, for crying out loud.

  • virginiagentleman

    And maybe not a member of the senate next election? This poor guy doesn’t seem to be pleasing to many in Mass., sort of d*mned if I do and d*mned if I don’t! But then again, it is Mass.!

    • SargeH

      He doesn’t please very many in Mass.? Obviously you didn’t read the article. Please check out his approval vs. disapproval ratings. Maybe you can find someone to help you understand the numbers.

  • pitboss711

    He’s a member of the RINO party.

  • SargeH

    Where have you people been since last fall? Scott Brown campaigned as a Republican not a Tea Partier. He never claimed allegiance to the Tea Party. He pulled off an upset in an extremely liberal state, which the Tea Party is trying to claim credit for to cover up their debacles with Angle, Miller, O’Donnell, et al. A Tea Partier would have had his head handed to him in Mass.

    Many of you using your own litmus test on everyone won’t be satisfied til you’ve brought the Democrats back to power and installed the Thug in Chief for a second term.

    In tactics, with your purity tests, many of you Tea Partiers are acting just like far-left liberals.

    • bigdave

      Scott Brown’s win is EXACTLY attributable to the TEA PARTY!! He may not belong but he certainly AGREES with them as he said!! He is in fact a CONSERVATIVE and the only reason the others mentioned LOST is because of the MERCILESS ATTACK BY THE LEFTSTREAM MEDIA AND COMMUNIST HOLLYWOOD…WHO ALSO GAVE US OBAMA THE IGNORANT MUSLIM SOCIALIST WITHOUT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE OR COLLEGE RECORDS. THE MORON-IN-CHIEF ALWAYS SIDES WITH THOSE WHO ARE ANTI-AMERICAN, ANTI-TAXPAYER, ANTI-CHRISTIAN, ANTI-RESPONSIBILITY AND HE IS PRO-UNION BECAUSE THEY TOOK $100,000,000 IN PENSION FUNDS AND DIVERTED THOSE FUNDS TO ELECT HIS ASS…THATS WHY. AND THE RESON ALL UNIONS ARE CORRUPT….AND BROKE…AND THE US TAXPAYERS WILL NOT BAIL THEM OUT, OR YOU HAVE NOT EVEN SEEN ANY RIOT AS YET!

      • SargeH

        I couldn’t force myself to read through all your demi=literate screaming. But try to understand this. I’ll pit in caps so you can understand:

        ALL CONSERVATIVES ARE NOT TEA PARTIERS. Most of us prefer to think and speak for ourselves.

  • teapartypatriot

    In the underbelly of the US Senate (specifically, at the end of the lower intestine) is where we find THE SLIMEBAG SIX despicable, rino traitors who will continue to support d-crat socialist issues, and everybody knows who they are: AMNESTY-JOHN mccain, scott brown, collins, snowe, murCOWski and graham.

    That’s part of the “hit list” for all American patriots to follow in future elections.

    RINO TRAITOR brown, whose irresponsible lunatic-left d-crat socialist supporting votes have lost him ALL support from the Tea Party, conservatives and responsible Americans, will now play the sympathy card to try to keep onto his seat (the former TedKennedySeat™ ).

    IT WON’T WORK.

    Q: What’s the ONLY difference between RINO TRAITOR brown and a lunatic-left d-crat socialist?
    A: One of them has an old pick-up truck.