Tea Party to Scott Brown: Good luck with that election, buddy
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He may have been the first major victory of the Tea Party on a national level, but Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown may wind up looking a bit lonely in that regard has he prepares to run for his first full term in the upper chamber. The Daily Caller is reporting that Tea Party activists are feeling rather lukewarm toward Brown at best.

…Scott Brown was the tea party movement’s first electoral victory. But now that he’s up for re-election for a full six-year term in 2012, tea party activists tell The Daily Caller they’re not going to bother putting together the same operation that swept him into office the first time.

That’s not to say tea partiers will not vote for Brown, or even put up much of an effort to oppose him since a serious primary challenger has yet to be found. The movement has matured into realizing that sometimes the “least of two evils” — as one activist put it — is necessary in a traditionally blue state like Massachusetts.

But don’t expect tea partiers to be happy about it.

“Scott Brown has disappointed us a few times,” Carlos Hernandez, state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, told TheDC. “So are we going to go out there and hold signs for him everyday? I don’t think so.”

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Can the Tea Party gain an edge?
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Can the Tea Party anti-tax activists overcome last year’s dismal showing in California? Will it be the state’s “Scott Brown” moment? These are the questions in today’s run-off election for the 36th U.S. Congressional District, which covers much of southwestern Los Angeles County along the coast. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat, and businessman Craig Huey, a Republican face off. The winner will fill Jane Harman’s seat, who resigned the post in February.

Democrats have a large, 18-point advantage in registration in the 36th District. That’s a big plus for Ms. Hahn. But the endlessly stagnating economy is supercharging Mr. Huey’s campaign. Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate for May was 11.9 percent. That was even higher than California’s 11.7 percent, the second highest rate in the nation after Nevada’s.

Last November, the Tea Party swept many anti-tax Republicans into office across America. But it largely was absent as a factor in California’s elections, in which Republicans actually lost to Democrats one statewide office, that of controller and two seats in the Legislature. Analysts said California was too large and diffuse a state for the Tea Party to have much influence. This time around, the Tea Party is focused on this single special election.

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GOP candidates in the Tea Party crosshairs
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Orrin Hatch is conservative by almost any measure, but these days that’s not enough to shield him from the right. There’s a credible challenger in the wings and a real possibility that the Utah senator could become the first establishment casualty of the 2012 season.

The Tea Party movement first demonstrated its clout last year by knocking off Hatch’s Utah colleague, Bob Bennett. Now the movement’s activists have served notice that they are displeased with several big-name Republican senators. Hatch, like most of them, is cultivating the grassroots, moving rightward, and hoping to fend off a serious primary challenger.

It’s already too late for that in Indiana, where state treasurer Richard Mourdock is taking on Richard Lugar. And it may be too late for Hatch, who could well face Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a self-described “definite maybe” who will decide after Labor Day whether to run. Others drawing conservative scrutiny and complaints are Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, and Bob Corker of Tennessee.

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Tea party leader lashes out at Sen Brown
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Sen. Scott Brown has thrown his tea party supporters “under the bus” with his recent critiques of some Republican budget cut proposals, a movement leader said Friday.

Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, on Thursday denounced GOP suggestions to cut social and cultural programs as “irresponsible,” and Judson Phillips, a leader of Tea Party Nation, is steamed.

Brown has downplayed his connection to the movement, saying in February that he is “a Republican, period” and that while he respects the tea party, he isn’t part of it.

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