September 24th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP slams Kirk appointment

The NRSC criticized Paul Kirk's appointment to the Senate.
The NRSC criticized Paul Kirk's appointment to the Senate.

(CNN) – National Republicans Thursday were quick to criticize the appointment of Paul Kirk to fill the vacant Senate seat in Massachusetts until a special election is held in January.

“The Democrats’ power play in Massachusetts has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with politics," Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement. "With their unpopular government-run health care bill on the brink of failure, Democrats in Washington desperately need another vote in the U.S. Senate, and it is clear that this Administration will stop at nothing to ram it through the Congress."

Full statement after the jump:

NRSC Response To Massachusetts Senate Appointment

WASHINGTON – Rob Jesmer, Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), issued the following statement today in response to Massachusetts Democrat Governor Deval Patrick’s appointment of an un-elected United States Senator:

“The Democrats’ power play in Massachusetts has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with politics. With their unpopular government-run health care bill on the brink of failure, Democrats in Washington desperately need another vote in the U.S. Senate, and it is clear that this Administration will stop at nothing to ram it through the Congress. By meddling in the affairs of state politics just weeks after promising to leave it up to the elected Massachusetts officials, Democrat leaders in Washington have demonstrated a willingness to put partisan politics over principle, a far cry from candidate Obama’s pledge to change the way business is done in Washington.”


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  1. wow......

    Lets see...all i hear about it the last 8 years....but CONGRESS which is the check and balance and writes all the laws....has been in control by the Dem. Party since......2006 and has had Super Majority since...2008....so we are coming up on 2010...Lets see here. 2006 to 2010 it 4 almost 5 years. Hmmmmmmm, sorry guys the hate for the Republican party does not add up to what all has occured to this country Fiscally or Politically. Maybe...just maybe you guys need to take a step back and rethink things.......and point to the ones who have not been watching whats going on in this great land. Because it's not the Republican Party.......

    September 24, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Tony from Indiana

    Not having representation in the Senate during this critical time would be unethical. Senator Kirk worked with Senator Kennedy, so who better to work for the people of Mass. Remember they have elected and relected Ted Kennedy for 40 years, so they no what they are getting from his top aide.

    September 24, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. disgusted

    Seems like the problem would lie with the Massachusetts legislature and not the administration in the White House.

    September 24, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. New Age Democrat

    There is no defending the Democrat leadership on this issue. This is a pure power grab that has nothing to do with the people of the state. Those that try to on these boards only show the distance they are from reality.

    September 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. jn

    Gee, the Republicans are upset.

    They are the biggest pack of politically tone-deaf whiners I've ever seen in politics, state or federal.

    September 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Peggy

    The Republicans is sooooo mad, because the Demograts filled the seat of the beloved Kennedy. Why not get both those nut cases, Rush and Beck to sit in your seats, Republicans, you all deserve them.

    Everything the President does, you nut case go against it because the President is trying is best to brng back the U.S.A. to its proper standards.

    September 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Larry of Boston

    Governor Patrick and the Massachuesetts Dems ought to be ashamed of their "illegal" powerplay to get Kirk in the door immediately. First the Dem controlled state passed a new law allowing the appointment, but soon realized that the appointment cannot take effect for 90 days unless 2/3rds of the MA senate vote for an immediatme placement - that vote failed - and therefore the only recourse for Patrick was a provision in the law that allowed an immediate appointment "only if there was an emergency" declared by the Governor. Well, Patrick declared "an emergency" and made the appointment. The only emergency was a phone call from Obama. The GOP has now filed an injunction saying that the Governor's "emerency" was bogus. This whole charade STINKS and once again demonstrates the lengths to which Obama will go to ram through BAD legislation

    September 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not sure how I feel about this move, but judging from the comments, it certain has riled the GOP. How soon they forget when they do it. Bending the rules to suit their needs, ignoring the constitution and international law on proper treatment of prisoners of war, stacking the justice department, outing a CIA agent, ruining the political careers of those who don't agree with you; all of that is only ok if republicans do it, seemingly. You have to love those double standards.

    September 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. LN

    First this is a state issue so whatever Massachusetts decides to do is a Massachusetts issue. Secondly, if the GOP in Massachussets are upset then they need to win more seats in the state legislature. Get off your butt and compete. If you can't compete, then all this is nonsensicle temper tantrums and whining.

    September 24, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. Ed Tallahassee

    Kennedy would vote for Health Care Reform, and the fact that he died doesn't change that. He also wrote a letter to the Govenor asking him to do this.

    Respect the man's wishes.

    September 24, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. unshrub

    I wonder how many republican governors have picked the spouse of a deceased senator to temporary fill the vacancy? This is just whining from the party of whiners.

    September 24, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Pay to Play with Obama

    Watch for a cabinet appointment for Deval patrick in about 2 years when Deval does not get reelected Governor. This is pay to play politics – Obama style

    September 24, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Michael - Portage, Mi

    .....and if the shoe were on the other foot, I'm sure that the Republican would have stood by and waited for the special election (NOT!).

    September 24, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Rick

    Settle down people. There will be an election. This appointed person is only going to serve a few months before a special election takes place.

    Yes, it's politics. The democrats just happen to come out ahead on this one. When Tom DeLay re-mapped Texas precincts, the Republicans came out ahead. I'm not a big fan of either one, but that is the way our system currently works. You can't like one and condemn the other.

    September 24, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Jamie from Riverside

    I think that the GOP is still pretty bitter from their 2009 smack down.
    They need to get a grip and deal with it. I think the Kennedy vacancy appointment is brilliant.

    September 24, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Ren from Baltimore

    Hey, Republicans: Kirk is the co-founder of the very bi-partisan committee which has hosted the presidential and vice-presidential candidates' debates for the past 20 years.

    You have had your gratuitous naysaying here; you've lodged your by-now-obligatory resentment.

    You lost the election, remember? It's the other guy's turn. The American Citizen, that is.

    September 24, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. Barbara Independent in NY

    Dear GOP, Go back to doing what you do best–LYING Or Doing NOTHING!

    September 24, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. LN

    since when is passing a law through the state legislature unethical and corrupt. Its call legislation and its what legislators do. Civics 101. You just don't like the results. When the GOP gets control of the legislature in Massachusetts they have full right to pass legislation that they support. until then quit whining.

    September 24, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. fiscalfighter

    Republicans don't seem to mind stealing an entire election through legal maneuvering. This isn't a shining moment for the Democrats, but Republicans who cry foul are being hypocrites.

    September 24, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Bonnie

    I have never seen such a crying buch of grown-ups like the republican party. They think by whining they get everything. they think they are entitled to every thing their way . Did they really think after over 40 years a Republican was going to be appointed. get real. Have a little honor for the Mr Kennedy. was all that just fake ,with the speeches at his funeral etc?? That party is the most meanest ,hateful ever.I do not even think they like themselves!

    September 24, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    The MA legislature legally changed the previous law.

    Nothing to complain about and even less if you do not live in MA.

    September 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Lorna, PA

    The Republicans are simply jaw-dropping, mind boggling, brain numbing out of it. The more they speak....the worse they sound.

    September 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. i want my finger back

    change the rules for politcal reasons. libs always deny this.

    September 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. ghostwriter

    The law was voted down by the MA reps. Not unlike how the republicans changed the filibuster limit to 60. Hey, as long as it's all legal, no need to complain. Well, you can, but it won't help much.

    September 24, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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