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Mark Kirk to Rally With Scott Brown

By Kevin Robinson in News on Oct 27, 2010 1:30PM

This photo, from Mark Kirk's campaign website, doesn't have much to do with the premise of this post, but maybe if the Tea Party realizes that Kirk has the puppy vote locked down, they'll think about backing off.
Yesterday, we talked about the tenuous relationship that mainstream Republican candidates have with Tea Party activists. To wit: GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady will be attending a Tea Party event in Will County, but isn't promoting it as such. Now Mark Kirk will be joining Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (along with Bill Brady) on Halloween at Joe's Bar on Weed Street.

You may remember Scott Brown - he was the Tea Party-backed candidate that won Ted Kennedy's old seat in a special election, removing the Democrat's 60-vote super-majority in the Senate. Brown was expected to come to Washington and take a hard line against President Obama, standing tall in the name of the constitution, limited government and fiscal restraint. Brown came to Washington and promptly crossed the aisle to support Obama's Jobs Bill, which the GOP opposed, the Wall Street Reform Bill (also opposed by the GOP and the Tea Party) and Consumer Financial Reform. Those votes immediately outraged the Tea Partiers that launched Brown to power in Washington. With Kirk trying to run as a real conservative with a moderate reputation, and both Kirk and Brady trying to pick up independent moderate votes, maybe a rally with a Tea Party candidate that will compromise with Democrats is an apt partnership.