Scott Brown Undermines His Own Talking Points

January 15, 2010 2:54 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

How does an appearance with a Republican insider from outside Massachusetts fit in with Scott Brown's "independent" narrative?

The Plum Line's Greg Sargent picks up on a glaring inconsistency from State Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) campaign.  Yesterday, Brown urged President Obama to "stay away" from the special senate election pitting Brown against Attorney General Martha Coakley:

"[Obama] should stay away and let Martha and I discuss the issues one on one," Brown said.  "The machine is coming out of the woodwork to get her elected.  They're bringing in outsiders, and we don't need them."

Today, Brown appeared at an event with Rudy Giuliani -- who, last we checked, is not from Massachusetts:

Former New York City mayor and GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani this morning hammered Attorney General Martha Coakley on terrorism during a campaign stop in the North End with her Republican Senate rival Scott Brown.

"His election, I believe, will send a signal and I believe a very dramatic one, that we are going in the wrong direction on terrorism," Giuliani said.

The hypocrisy here is stunning, if unsurprising.  However, Giuliani's involvement also raises questions about the message Brown's campaign is trying to send (aside from the obvious "we are at war with terrorists" part). 

Brown has maintained his independence from the national GOP -- labeling himself a "Scott Brown Republican" -- to avoid isolating the fairly liberal Massachusetts voters.  Giuliani, on the other hand, is basically a partisan media hack at this point, willing to blatantly lie to make the president look bad. 

So how, exactly, does an appearance with a Republican insider from outside the state fit in with Brown's narrative?

Sen. Brown and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

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