The Washington Times - April 1, 2011, 09:40AM

It may be April Fools’ Day, but the leader of Tea Party Nation isn’t joking around when he says Sen. Scott Brown has thrown tea partiers “under the bus,” a little more than a year after the Massachusetts Republican became the darling of the movement by winning the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts.

In a blog post Friday morning, Judson Phillips, the outspoken leader of Tea Party Nation, says the Massachusetts Tea Party should challenge Brown and blasts the freshman lawmaker as a sell out. Phillips points to a floor speech the senator made Thursday in which he urged lawmakers to reconsider the current spending cuts being offered in the ongoing negotiations on Capitol Hill because they don’t do enough to address the the deficit, and “would disproportionately affect low-income families and seniors.”


“Memo to Scott Brown. If you think budget cuts ‘disproportionately affect low income families and seniors,’ what do you think is going to happen when we have an economic collapse?” Phillips writes.

Phillips also has leveled stiff criticism at House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, saying he should take a firmer stand in the ongoing spending battles on Capitol Hill. His attacks recently drew some national attention, as well as some criticism from other branches of the tea party movement, after he said that “Charlie Sheen is now making more sense than John Boehner.”

Friday morning, Phillips claims Brown is all about “self-preservation and self-promotion” and that he’s aligned himself with the RINOs who have “no beliefs, other than getting reelected and appeasing whatever base he thinks will help him get reelected.”

“From a crass point of view, that is working. Rumors are the Democrats are not even going to put a top-flight candidate against him in 2012 because his ratings within that state are so good. So Scott Brown used the Tea Party to get elected,” he said. “Now he no longer needs this movement, and we are tossed under the bus.”

Others say that in a blue-state such as Massachusetts, it is simply unrealistic to ask Brown to stick to the same strict conservative principles that lawmakers embrace in other parts of the country.

But Phillips says he doesn’t blame Democrats if they don’t give Brown an opponent in the 2012 election because “he votes like a Democrat.”

“Perhaps the Massachusetts Tea Party will step up with someone to challenge him in 2012,” he writes. “That, unlike Scott Brown, is not an April Fools’ joke. “