Scott Brown to skip Tea Party rally in Boston

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April 12, 2010, 5:32 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Scott Brown and Sarah Palin are the stars of the Republican Party, but you won't be seeing them together anytime soon.

Brown is passing on the opportunity to appear at a Tea Party rally this week in Boston along side the former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Michael Graham: show some courage, Scott Brown.  Come to the Tea pParty.

An earful of criticism from Boston conservative talk radio host Michael Graham and his supporters aimed at Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown following word that Brown will not be attending Wednesday's Tea Party rally on Boston Common - featuring Sarah Palin and expected to draw thousands of people.

Peter on Cape Cod: I'm going to harbor a guess that Scott Brown isn't going to be there because Sarah Palin is going to be there.

The Tea Party is a populist protest movement that promotes fiscal conservatism --national attention grew last year as members became vocal opponents of health care reform at rallies around the country.

Mass. Republican convention delegate: I'm not afraid to ask his people, what is this all about. These are the very same people who got you elected Mr. Brown.

Brown, just back from an overseas trip to Asia, was listening to Graham's show and called in to defend himself.
Scott Brown: I have spoken at Tea Party rallies before, I have - I'm in Washington voting, in committee hearings.
Brown says he is busy Wednesday - doing the job he was sent to Washington to do: Vote on important issues.

Scott Brown: Because I am either the 41st vote or the 60th vote depending on what the issue is.  We have some Supreme Court justice issues coming up, we've got unemployment insurance, and we've got appropriations bills.

Whether to openly support the Tea Party movement or not has presented a complicated problem for many elected officials here in Massachusetts, who feel the tea party is too conservative for most Massachusetts voters, but at the same time, recognize it is a political force to be reckoned with.

Another of the state's prominent republican who will not be at the event is gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. His schedule shows campaign events in western Mass that day. His primary opponent, Christy Mihos, will be at the event.

Christy Mihos: This thing out there with the Tea Party protests, I call them the Citizen Patriot Group -- it is real folks... It is real.   I know big media basically tries to downgrade it and give you all the negatives on it, but it's real. I've been out there since April 30th of last year traveling this state and people are angry they're fed up they can't deal with it anymore. 

 Independent candidate Tim Cahill also says he will be there - though not in an official capacity.

Paul Watanabe: Tim Cahill in some way, the message of the tea partiers, the notion that they stand outside of the ordinary system, that the system is broken - this is very much the Tim Cahill mantra.

State Senator Stephen Baddour, a moderate democrat says he hopes to make the event -- for a number of reasons

Sen. Stephen Baddour/Methuen: Curiosity, but also to listen to people. I mean, this is a time for Democrats to really step up our game and begin to listen to those voters who are frustrated and feel like they haven't been listened to.

Tags: Boston, Scott Brown, Tim Cahill, tea party, Sarah Palin, Christy Mihos
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