Massachusetts Republicans Wary of Sarah Palin Spectacle

Prominent state GOP figures are looking for any excuse to avoid Sarah Palin's Boston Tea Party tomorrow, and those who do attend will be keeping a low profile. Tea Party crashers will be there too. Why the concern?

Besides Senator Scott Brown, conservative candidates for governor and Congress have snubbed invitations from Palin's handlers to attend the rally on the Boston Common tomorrow. Local Republicans are unsure if separate factions within the Tea Party will even vote for them, and many would rather focus on state gambling legislation than mingle with the crazies. According to The Boston Globe:

Republican Party officials said they believed that many of the attendees would gravitate toward the party's message of lower taxes, less spending, and smaller government, but some were not sure those enthusiasts would vote for GOP candidates.

"It depends a lot on the individuals there,'' said Jody Dow, a Republican National Committee member from Massachusetts. "Hopefully, they break the Republican way, but I don't know. You have different extremes in that group.''

That's an understatement. It seems that Massachusetts conservatives are afraid of what might transpire when the Palin faithful arrive on the Boston Common:

Jennifer Nassour, chairwoman of the state Republican Party, made clear that the GOP has no formal role in the rally. "I'm seriously just going as an observer,'' she said. "I'm not sure what they have planned.''

If past rallies are any indication, there's a good chance they'll have things like this planned. Jason Levin, founder of crashtheparty.org is going. He went out on a limb, telling The Associated Press:

Do I think every member of the Tea Party is a homophobe, racist or a moron? No, absolutely not. Do I think most of them are homophobes, racists or morons? Absolutely."

Scott Brown's spokesman says the senator "hopes they have a successful event.''

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