[UPDATE: Dan Kennedy, who had questioned the Brown team on this, learns that Hudak trumpeted an "endorsement" from Brown without actually getting one. I've changed my headline to reflect that Brown, at the very least, thanked Hudak for helping with an 11th hour rally.]
At a Monday rally for Scott Brown in North Andover, Mass., I met Bill Hudak, a first-time candidate for Congress running against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.). He stayed as close to Brown as he could — pictures of the rally are now at the top of his campaign website. Hudak is the guy in the leather jacket and glasses.
What I didn’t know at the time: Hudak is a conservative activist with some extremely strange views of President Obama’s religion and citizenship. On November 3, 2008, the Tri-Town Transcript reported that Hudak, who lives in Boxford, Mass., had pulled down kooky anti-Obama signs from his property after getting too many complaints.
Down the road at 165 Herrick Road, William and Angela Hudak have more of the same anti-Obama signs lined along the front of their property. One large, roughly 6-foot-by-4-foot sign stands back from the road, up against their house, with words – such as socialist, Marxist, and lazy – surrounding the same picture of Obama dressed as Osama Bin Laden.
William Hudak said he received complaints over the weekend from the police about some of the larger signs placed near the roadside. But Hudak added he didn’t need to take the signs down but did so just because the police department was being flooded with phone calls. [...]
Hudak asserts that Obama was not born in the United States but in Kenya, according to affidavits that he made available to the Tri-Town Transcript. He said that Obama has ties to the Muslim faith through an extremist cousin that is from Kenya.
“There is a lot more going on here than anyone knows,” Hudak said.
Brown endorsed Hudak immediately after the election. Here’s video of Brown recognizing Hudak at that North Andover rally, the day before the election.