UPDATED: Did Sen.-Elect Brown Endorse Candidate Who Portrayed Obama As Bin Laden?

January 21, 2010 4:07 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) ran for office as a "Scott Brown Republican," careful not to tie himself to either the Tea Party movement or the GOP establishment.  However, since his victory on Tuesday night, Brown has hinted at being closer to the Tea Parties than he originally let on.        

Yesterday, Brown distanced himself from Republicans in Washington, who he suggested are "beholden to the special interests of the party" and don't look "to solve problems." Now, he's handed out his first endorsement -- to an alleged birther who displayed a sign portraying Barack Obama as Osama Bin Laden.


According to The Hill, Brown endorsed Bill Hudak*, a Republican running in Rep. John Tierney's (D-MA) district.  In 2008, the Tri-Town Transcript reported that Hudak and his wife had lined their property with anti-Obama signs, including one that depicted him as Osama Bin Laden:

William and Angela Hudak have more of the same anti-Obama signs lined along the front of their property. One large, roughly 6-foot-by-4-foot sign stands back from the road, up against their house, with words - such as socialist, Marxist, and lazy - surrounding the same picture of Obama dressed as Osama Bin Laden. [...]

Hudak asserts that Obama was not born in the United States but in Kenya, according to affidavits that he made available to the Tri-Town Transcript. He said that Obama has ties to the Muslim faith through an extremist cousin that is from Kenya.

"There is a lot more going on here than anyone knows," Hudak said.

A campaign spokesman claimed that Hudak is not a birther, but did not comment on the sign likening Obama to the most wanted terrorist on the planet.  Brown -- who actually praised the president's foreign policy this morning -- is also yet to comment. 

The Washington Independent and ThinkProgress have more.

*UPDATE: Greg Sargent reports that the Brown camp is saying Hudak faked the endorsement.  However, Brown clearly has ties to Hudak, and thanked him at a rally the day before the election.