Brown frequently found himself at odds with the more conservative members of Congress during the recent budget fights. While they called for drastic spending cuts, Brown oftentimes opposed them, saying the cuts unfairly hurt low-income families and the elderly.
He also supports expanding alternative energy sources, and was one of the few Republicans to vote for the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
But so far for the 2012 election cycle, FreedomWorks is sticking to its targeting of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The Tea Party Express is doing the same thing. According to spokesperson Shawn Callahan, the Tea Party Express is going to focus on replacing Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
“As you know, Tea Party Express worked hard to help get Sen. Scott Brown elected and his re-election and campaign against the progressive economic policies of Elizabeth Warren are important to us,” Callahan told TheDC. “There will, no doubt, be other races that we will get involved in, but they have not been announced at this time.”
When contacted by TheDC, Tim Buckley, communications director for the Massachusetts GOP, offered support for Brown’s re-election.
“Scott Brown agrees with voters across the political spectrum that advancing pro-jobs policies are reining in excessive government spending should be our top priorities right now,” Buckley told TheDC. “He will continue working tirelessly to get people back to work.”
Yet, as the 2012 campaign season heats up, the tea party movement is collectively washing its hands of Scott Brown, though its keeping his race well within peripheral vision.
“[Brown] will only be the senator we need him to be if we can win these other fights,” FreedomWorks’ Brandon explained, pointing to races in states like Ohio, Texas and Nebraska and suggesting that a more conservative Senate will drive Brown farther to the right.
“You can make Scott Brown.”