By Edward Mason | Monday, April 12, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Local Politics
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a massive rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.
Brown’s decision to skip the first big rally in Boston by the group whose members are credited with helping him win election has some experts saying he’s tossed the Tea Party overboard, as he prepares for re-election in 2012.
“He wants to mainstream himself before the election,” said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist.
Brown, who took heat for the alleged misbehavior of some of his supporters at campaign events, may be trying to distance himself from what could be a volatile event, said political analyst Lou DiNatale.
“You’re worried at a rally that there’s a sign, a statement, an incident that’s certifiably cuckoo occurs,” DiNatale said.
“To win re-election, Scott Brown floating to the right is a serious problem.
“And showing up at a Sarah Palin, Tea Party event is not the way to the middle.”
This won’t be the first time Brown has appeared to distance himself from Palin.
Shortly after his triumph, Brown denied receiving a congratulatory call from Palin, only to remember the exchange when pressed.
Palin is a possible 2012 presidential rival to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whose aides were the architects of Brown’s Senate win
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