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WORCESTER, Mass. - Supporters of Republican Scott Brown lined the sides of a street here outside a Democratic rally at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where former President Bill Clinton came to campaign for Martha Coakley.
More than 75 boosters of the GOP candidate turned out for the counter-rally, standing the sub-freezing weather to wave Brown signs and loudly sing (to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”), “Glory, Hallelujah … Send Scott Brown to D.C.!”
Among the Brown supporters were - believe it or not - rank-and-file members of the Service Employees International Union.
“We’re Americans - we have our free choice,” said one of the SEIU members, who identified herself only as Michelle and said she drove more than 60 miles from Western Massachusetts - “The stepchild of this state” - to show her support for Brown in Worcester.
Not only is Michelle a Brown supporter, but she’s also a Tea Party activist who rode 10 hours on a bus to attend last year’s 9/12 March on D.C. “I didn’t like the slide into socialism,” she explained.
Michelle is aware of the importance of Tuesday’s election.
“I feel like we’re here … not just voting for us,” she said. “We are casting our vote for the rest of America.”