Brown's first endorsement may backfire

UPDATE: Brown's campaign is now distancing itself from Hudak and will not confirm that the endorsement is legitimate. See here for more.

Almost as soon as Scott Brown won Tuesday's election, he endorsed William Hudak's candidacy against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.). He may soon regret that decision.

During the 2008 election, neighbors called the police to complain about signs Hudak had posted portraying Barack Obama as Osama Bin Laden.

Defending the posters, Hudak told a local paper that Obama was born in Kenya:

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 spokesperson for Brown said his office was looking into the issue.

Brown came out for Hudak the morning after Tuesday's election.

“Bill was with us from the beginning and is (the) representative the people of the 6th district need," Brown said. "Bill is not beholden to special interests and will help me bring the voice of the people Washington."

UPDATE: Hudak's spokesperson has clarified that Hudak indeed believes that Obama was born in the United States and feels that his comments were mischaracterized in the original article.

"The birther issue is a non issue for Bill," said Tyler Harber. "He believes the President of the United States was born in the United States, and that's the bottom line."

Harber added that Hudak and Brown are personally close, that they appearend together several times during the campaign and that Hudak put his volunteers to work for Brown in the closing days of the campaign.

"They were text messaging on election day, they were so close," Harber added.