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Brown branded ‘Tea Party Patriarch’ by liberals

A day after a Republican video mocked Democratic US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren as the “Matriarch of Mayhem” for claiming significant credit for the Occupy Wall Street movement, a Democratic leaning political action committee has released “Scott Brown: Tea Party Patriarch.”

The liberal video uses similar production techniques as the conservative video -- splicing images of Brown, a Republican senator, making sympathetic comments about the Tea Party movement, with footage of the movement’s most radical elements played over ominous music.

Brown’s 2010 special election campaign was boosted by Tea Party support, and he has expressed sympathy for the movement’s focus on deficit spending. But many Tea Party sympathizers have soured on the senator because he has crossed party lines on certain votes and has said he does not consider himself part of the movement.


Still, the video shows a clip of him in a television interview where he defines a member of the Tea Party as a “concerned citizen who’s concerned about the economic stability of our country.”

As Brown speaks, the video shows images of people carrying signs that say “Cap Congress and send Obama back to Kenya” and “Impeach the Muslim marxist.”

The video also shows footage of people calling President Obama a communist and saying “his agenda is to actually destroy this country.” Other signs compare him to Hitler and a caricature of an African tribesman.

The video is being released by American Bridge 21st Century. It’s president, Rodell Mollineau, said in a statement that the video is “a warning that unfair, inflammatory, and inaccurate attacks will not go unanswered.”

The dueling videos, a year ahead of the 2012 Senate election, suggest the campaign is already getting rough. Two interest groups have already paid for television ads attacking Brown’s environmental record.

Noah Bierman can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.