Axelrod: Brown Ran 'A Very Clever Campaign'

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 03:42 PM

By David A. Patten

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Senior presidential adviser David Axelrod, who played a key role in engineering Barack Obama's rise to the White House, congratulated Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday for running "a very clever campaign" in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Axelrod told reporters he wanted to steer away from any postmortems on the election before the polls closed, according to an Associated Press report.

Recent polls have showed the GOP surging in his bid to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley and become the 41st Republican vote in the Senate. But sources tell Newsmax the winter weather and the formidable Democratic vote-turnout machine in the Bay State leave the ultimate outcome up for grabs.

Axelrod told reporters the Republican Party still isn't the best option for folks who are frustrated with the weak economy and Beltway politics.

"There's an awful lot of anxiety among middle-class Americans," Axelrod said.

Returning to Brown, the political veteran said: "As a practitioner, my hat's off to him."

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