That would make the brake mush less responsive. I don't know if that's a bad thing.
Responsiveness isn't effectiveness, it's just the degree to which you can control the braking force. A shorter lever on the brake itself would make the hand lever more like an on/off switch.
That does seem like an odd thing to do, but I can't knock it. You say that this worked out for you Mike? Was it possible your hand lever didn't match the brake hub?