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Scott Brown Defies Tea Party, Backs Tax Cut Compromise


In the statement, Brown said that the compromise is necessary because of the country's continued dire economic straits.

"Unemployment is still too high, and reports of ongoing job losses leave me very concerned," he said. "Creating a climate that is good for job growth remains my number one priority, and I will continue working with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle until there are more jobs for Americans."

This isn't the first time Brown has run afoul of the nation of tea partiers that helped propel him to Ted Kennedy's (D) old seat in the Senate. Brown's decision to cut a deal with Obama to secure his vote for cloture on the financial reform bill over the summer cost him a lot of tea party support. In the wake of policy decisions like that, conservative pundit Erick Erickson -- who has the ear of many in the tea party movement -- placed Brown on his tea party target list of Republicans heading into 2012.