Sarah Palin Disses Scott Brown

In an interview on Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Sarah Palin made clear that she didn’t think much of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown:

DAVID ASMAN: By the way, is Scott Brown on notice? I mean, he’s gone along with the Pelosi-Reid message for the past couple of votes.

PALIN: Well, you know, take the consideration, though, that’s Massachusetts, and perhaps they’re not going to look for such a hard-core Constitutional conservative there, and they’re gonna put up with Scott Brown and some of the antics there.

But up here in Alaska, and so many places across the U.S., where we have a pioneering, independent spirit, and we have an expectation that our representatives in D.C. will respect the will of the people and the intelligence of the people — well, up here, we wouldn’t stand for that


Brown’s office responded yesterday:

A spokeswoman for Brown did not directly engage with Palin but defended the senator’s record, saying he was focused on the Bay State.

“Senator Brown’s votes are based on what’s in the best interests of Massachusetts and he has made his priorities job creation, controlling spending, and reducing the deficit,” Gail Gitcho, his communications director, said in a statement. “All Republicans can agree on that.”

This isn’t entirely surprising, really, because there’s more than a continent between Brown and Palin:

Palin and Brown have never been particularly close. Toward the end of Brown’s campaign in January, the SEIU launched a $685,000 ad campaign seeking to link Brown to Palin. But the former vice presidential nominee never appeared in Massachusetts, and Brown did not ask for her help.

“I would have [endorsed him] if he had requested it,” Palin told Fox News after Brown’s victory.

Palin called Brown to congratulate him after he won, but they have had little interaction since. Brown skipped the Tea Party rallies earlier this year that Palin was headlining in Boston and Washington.

So, consider this just a little spat between two people representing two very different visions of the GOP

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  1. sam says:

    “But up here in Alaska, and so many places across the U.S., where we have a pioneering, independent spirit”
    What bullshit. Pioneering, independent spirit on federal welfare.

  2. Franklin says:

    Well Scott Brown’s stock just went up some more.

  3. john personna says:

    Back to conservatives as “real Americans.”

  4. anjin-san says:

    I guess you can be a “Constitutional conservative” and still not buy into that freedom of religion thing in Sarah Palin’s alternate universe.