CORRECTED: Brown Says He’s Unfamiliar with Tea Partiers;
Campaign Pix Say Otherwise

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Correction: State Sen. Scott Brown did not use the word “unfamiliar,” that was how the Boston Globe characterized his remarks. But after watching video of the press conference where Brown was asked about the tea party movement, it appears he actually was unclear about the premise of the reporter’s question, not the tea party movement itself.

On Wednesday, Republican senate candidate Scott Brown told reporters in Massachusetts that he was “unfamiliar” with the “Tea Party movement,” despite receiving the endorsement of a key national Tea Party group which is currently raising money for his campaign to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

But Brown’s claim to be unfamiliar with the Tea Party movement is belied by photographs produced by his own campaign.

Late this evening, TPM Reader NM alerted us to the fact that Brown’s official campaign Flickr stream contains photographs of the candidate addressing Tea Party groups on the campaign trail only months ago.One picture, uploaded on September 8th, 2009, is titled “Sen. Brown addressing the Worcester Tea Party.”

Another picture, uploaded the same day, is titled “Sen. Brown addressing the Lowell Tea Party.”

Polls show the race between Brown and Democrat Martha Coakley is currently a toss-up.

Late Update: And it gets better still. Here’s video of the Worcester Tea Party event, with Brown speaking.

Later Update: And still more. TPM Reader SF points us to the Meetup page of the “Boston Tea Party” group which has a formal invite to a Tea Party Breakfast with Brown on January 2nd. And here’s the same event listed on Brown’s own campaign website.

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