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GOP watch: Typical DC pol?

Politico writes this about Scott Brown: “When Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown addressed supporters after his upset victory in January, he declared there would be ‘no more closed-door meetings or back-room deals by an out-of-touch party leadership.’ Some would argue that’s exactly what he just did in the final push on Wall Street reform.” It accuses that Brown “has quickly become skilled in the ways of Washington.”

But a Boston Globe poll finds Brown is “the most popular officeholder in Massachusetts. After less than five months in Washington, Brown outpolls such Democratic stalwarts as President Obama and US Senator John F. Kerry in popularity, the poll indicates. He gets high marks not only from Republicans, but even a plurality of Democrats views him favorably.”

SEIU says it will protest Sen. Scott Brown (R) outside of his Boston office today. “Folks in Massachusetts are upset with him for stiffing the states when he joined Republicans [Thursday] night in voting down the jobless aid bill,” and SEIU official tells First Read.