Thursday, January 21, 2010

'Dad, Seriously, You Can't Do That'

No matter how long Scott Brown remains in politics, the cringe-inducing moment with his daughters Tuesday night will likely always stay with him, just for the sheer awkwardness of the whole moment. Well, it seems it wasn't the first time he's tried to set up his daughters. Unlike the Glenn Becks of the world, I think it was mostly harmless, good-natured fun from a father, yet I'm sure Ayla and Arianna would prefer if Dad dummied up.
Just because your dad figured out how to get Massachusetts liberals to vote Republican doesn't mean he's a genius when it comes to matters of the heart.

The mortified daughter of the Bay State's newly elected senator, Scott Brown, said she and her sister were not amused when their proud pop announced they were "available" in the midst of his widely watched acceptance speech.

"Now everyone knows what my father's like after watching him embarrass me last night," Ayla Brown, 21, joked last night to The Post. "Afterwards, I was like, 'What are you doing?' "

While on stage, Ayla said she kept her eyes on the Teleprompter, but was caught off guard when her father seriously veered off message.

Scott Brown, the first Republican elected to the Senate in Massachusetts in nearly four decades, thanked his wife and daughters Ayla and Arianna, a pretty blond pre-med student at Syracuse University.

But the political savvy that helped him surge to victory completely deserted him when he added, "And just in case, to anybody whose watching throughout the country, yes, they're both available."

In households across America, every woman with a father blushed in sympathy. Brown's daughters, as well as his wife Gail Huff, a Boston TV reporter, looked ready to crawl under the dais.

He momentarily backtracked, saying, "Only kidding, only kidding," before making matters worse.

"Arianna's definitely not available, but Ayla is," he crowed.
Looks like the young ladies are used to this and are now fielding queries from guys across the country.
Since the cringe-worthy moment that left jaws dropping from Beantown to the Beltway, Ayla said she's been getting date requests from hundreds of smitten wannabe suitors.

"I had about 20 people last night say, 'So, I'd like to take you for a coffee or a drink.' "

The aspiring pop star, who was an "American Idol" finalist in 2006 and has an album out on iTunes on Tuesday, said her Facebook page has been overloaded with more than 1,500 friend requests and, as of last night, 232 messages in her inbox.

And while she was stunned that her father embarrassed her on TV, she said it's not the first time he's looked for love for his little girl.

Once, at a family dinner in a restaurant, he tried to set her up with the waiter after she said he was cute.

"I was like, 'Dad, seriously, you can't do that,' " she said.

For the record, she is single.

"I'm not looking for Brad Pitt," she said. "Just someone who treats me well and is respectful to me and my family."

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