CORRECTED: Brown: Tea Party Movement? What Tea Party Movement?

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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.

State Sen. Scott Brown told reporters in Massachusetts today he was “unfamiliar” with the “Tea Party movement,” despite earning the endorsement from one of the groups who is raising money for his campaign to win the U.S. Senate seat Tuesday.

According to the Boston Globe, Brown called himself a “Scott Brown Republican” that shouldn’t be labeled conservative, liberal or moderate.From the Globe piece:

“The allegation that I vote 96 percent of the time with Republicans is inaccurate, but I’m proud of the fact that I’ve stood up against out-of-control spending and taxation in Massachusetts,” he said.

He also claimed that he was unfamiliar with the “Tea Party movement,” when asked by a reporter.

As TPM has reported, the Tea Party Express endorsed Brown last week.

Early this morning Tea Party Express organizers asked for donations to help Brown:

“We are in a fundraising drive so that we can buy as many TV ads supporting Brown as possible,” they wrote to supporters.

“We must take action, for if we can pull out a victory, we stop the Democrats dead in their tracks in their effort to secretly ram through their socialistic healthcare plan,” they wrote. “That’s because Scott Brown wholeheartedly opposes the Democrat’s government-run healthcare plan and has made his opposition to it a central part of his campaign.”

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