Scott Brown declines invite to Sarah Palin rally

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has declined an invitation to appear with Sarah Palin at a Tea Party rally this week, the Boston Herald reports.

Palin will be appearing at a big Tea Party event in Boston on Wednesday, but the Massachusetts senator will be stuck in Washington, his office says.

“He’ll be doing the job he was elected to do - serving the people of the commonwealth of Massachusetts,” spokesman Felix Browne told the Herald.

The decision to skip the Tea Party gathering suggests Brown is more interest in being re-elected than becoming a conservative darling. Though populist anger helped Brown pull off his upset victory, associating himself squarely with the Tea Party could alienate some liberal Massachusetts voters.