U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose January upset win was heralded as a revolution and prompted predictions that New England GOP candidates could sweep elections this fall, yesterday downplayed the idea that he has any coattails – saying he never thought his success would pave the way for others.

“I didn’t think my race was going to set any type of trend,” Brown told the Herald when asked about the number of GOP candidates in Massachusetts and their chances in the November election since his win. “I didn’t realize I was the head of a revolution.”…

“I disagree with that and a lot of people disagree,” said Sean Bielat, 35, a Brookline Republican running against U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton). “I don’t know if he’s being modest or he doesn’t realize his effect – he demonstrated to me and to people across the country that this really is viable, that someone like Barney Frank can be replaced.”