Perry says he would rebuff a Palin offer to campaign

He calls her an ‘entertainer’

By Alan Wirzbicki
Globe Staff / September 22, 2010

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It may have been a sign of a conservative candidate moving to the center before a general election. Or maybe Massachusetts Republicans and Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential nominee, really just don’t get along.

State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry of Sandwich, who aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in a successful effort to win the Republican nomination in the 10th Congressional District, said in a television interview yesterday that he did not want the erstwhile Alaska governor and fellow Tea Party star campaigning for him this fall.

“I don’t want her to come down,’’ Perry said. “She’s an entertainer.’’

Perry made the comments during an interview with Jim Braude on NECN a week after winning the Republican nomination to face Democratic nominee William R. Keating, the Norfolk district attorney. The race is considered the state’s most competitive congressional contest.

Pointing to his Tea Party movement ties, Democrats have sought to portray Perry as too conservative for the district, which includes the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Asked what he would say if Palin requested to come to Massachusetts to stump for him, Perry said, “I’m going to say no.’’

Palin’s relationship with Massachusetts Republicans is already somewhat frayed. She recently attacked Senator Scott Brown, an ally of Perry’s, saying that Alaska “wouldn’t stand’’ for the state’s GOP senator.

“Well, you know, take the consideration, though, that that’s Massachusetts,’’ Palin said in a recent interview on Fox Business Network.

A call last night to Palin’s political action committee was not immediately returned.

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