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Our honeymoon with Scott Brown just ended

Feb 4, 2013 I hate to speak ill of fellow Republicans, but there is no good way to spin that the GOP has been left in the lurch by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s backing out of the special election. With less than 23 days to get 10,000 certified signatures for the ballot, the timing of his decision is like leaving a bride at the altar. Republicans already face a well-known uphill battle because of voter registration, finance and organizational deficits along with a media bias. Declining to run would have been perfectly acceptable for Brown 60 or even 30 days ago, but by waiting until now he puts our candidate at a huge disadvantage. What about all the people who stood out in the cold and rain, made thousands of calls and gave up their weekends to knock on thousands of doors? What about the party that has given millions of dollars? What about U.S. Sen. John McCain, who helped orchestrate Anchors-Aweigh John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of state? While some pundits believe that Brown lives to fight another day in the 2014 governor’s race, the truth of the matter is that he has disenfranchised far too much of his original base. First to go was the Tea Party. He lost its support during a speech when he denied the party’s contribution to his victory. Brown kicked to the curb the fiscal conservatives when he voted for Dodd-Frank and President Obama’s phony jobs bill. He chipped away at his lunch bucket supporters when he voted for Obama’s fiscal cliff deal that raised payroll taxes. More recently, Brown jilted Second Amendment enthusiasts with his support for an assault weapons ban. His relationship with grassroots activists was severely damaged when he refused to endorse any legislative candidates last fall. And on Friday he lost party loyalists by duping Republican State Committee members to vote for his candidate for chairman, Kirsten Hughes — whom, in the spirit of full disclosure, I should state I did not support, though I have in the past been at odds with her opponent, Rick Green. And Brown made this decision way too late. Most commonwealth Republican activists have come to understand that our candidates have to thread a needle in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. We can live with statements like “vote the person, not the party,” because Brown is a family member. But you cannot hurt the party with a divisive chairman’s fight and then bail the next day, undermining our chances of capturing a U.S. Senate seat that has not been open in 28 years. As always, if Brown was to somehow make it through a 2014 gubernatorial primary battle with Charlie Baker — who now has solid grassroots support across the state and has far better fiscal conservative credentials — then the party, including myself, would support the nominee. But …

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