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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. JonDie

    Of the GOP criticized the appointment. The GOP has NO plan; baseless criticism is ALL the GOP offers.

    September 24, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. rr

    Someone in Mass needs to file an injunction ASAP as this is NOT an "emergency" that allows the Governor to do anything he wants.

    September 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. fellow from chicago

    What do you expect from the only state who voted for George McGovern in the '72 presidential election. They're waaaay out there!

    September 24, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. AJ

    Thats rich! A republican complaining about lack of principle.

    September 24, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Patience

    Can we have Universal Health Care now?

    September 24, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. Chris - Seattle

    Do we have no honor for Senators Kennedy's last request? Could it be possible that if he had not requested it then we wouldn't have done it and just allowed republicans to have a little more leverage to flush health care reform w/public option down the toilet? Liberals, in the eyes of conservatives are just evil huh? Personally I think the last eight years was just shy of a Stephen King novel, stick that in your cheek and chew it!

    September 24, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. ANGIE

    Is anyone surprised they slammed the appointment? they can't do anything else. they need some serious help!

    September 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Dorothy, Kentucky

    GOP ususally have a comment on everthing. What are they saying about the Census worker in Kentucky? More specifically, is Michelle Bachman pleased?

    September 24, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Demiglot

    Coming from a strong supporter of Obama, I think this is a poor move on the part of the Democrats in Mass. The integrity of the law should have been upheld and they should have played by the rules they created themselves. The Republicans have a valid complaint here and the voters will see that.

    September 24, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Haas

    Why the surprise? What would the GOP have done. The exact same thing. Republicans crack me up. So now all of a sudden they don't play politics? They are the honest party? Well, there's noting honest about politics. Live with it.

    September 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. janelle

    Of course the people of Mass deserve to have 2 voices in the Senate. But where was all this outrage and indignation about Mass not having 2 voices in the Senate 5 years ago when the Dems changed the law to suit their own purposes? 5 years ago the Dems were more than happy to let the good folks of Mass not have 2 voices in the Senate. Now when the law that they changed has come back to bite them in the butt, they want to change it back because it suits their own purposes. Gripe all you want about the Republicans, but the Republicans have never pulled a stunt like this.

    September 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Sheik Yerbouti

    Welcome to Massachusetts....land of the partisan and home of the lapdog. What else would you expect from Ted Kennedy and the Kennedy brood.?.......an actual desire to do the right thing, at least according to the last rendition of the dis-Romney, Encourage Fraud bill.????............ Yeah riiiight..........

    September 24, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. renlin

    bad politics seen in other countries criticized by US, bad

    September 24, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Fitz

    Yeah right Republicans....does Norm Coleman ring a bell?

    HYPOCRISY ALERT!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom

    Is anyone surprised that the "GOP Slams....... " Kirk appointment??????

    Typical. More of the same. Interesting when the GOP jerry-manders that's okay, but its not okay when the Dems do!

    This IS merely an appointment! An election WILL take place in 2010!

    GOP the party of obstruction, lies, fear, division, hate.

    September 24, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Jacob

    The GOP criticize?
    how predictable! try working for the American people before you criticize!

    September 24, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. 2010 is going to be a bloodbath

    22 percent of the country are liberals, the amount of your representation thanks to these practices will greatly diminish STARTING YEAR, thanks Barry, Teddy and Deval.

    I look forward to getting Deval Patrick out of office NEXT YEAR, you gutless fraud liberal sheep have no idea what is coming down all around the country.

    Patrick showed his lack of fortitude by not picking who he wanted (Dukakis) and instead picking who the Kennedy monarchy wanted.

    No guts Deval, no E-ELECTION.

    Keep dismissing what is going on in the country at your peril, WE are taking the country back and the first skin in Massachusetts will be Deval Patrick.

    This is going to be Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled into one

    September 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. JT

    Dems are a disgusting lot who change the rules to meet their needs. Their first punishment was when they changed the law to accomodate Kerry and HE LOST! Their punishment now is complete distrust from the public. This will haunt them.....let me count the ways. Hypocrits!

    September 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. chicago4obama

    Is this any worst than the Republican lies and scare tactics about death panels, the elimination of medicare. Now that The President has his 60 votes he can do what's in the best interest of this country, and that is to reform health care!!!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. SLP

    Okay, all of you democrat idiots. Let me say this real slow so maybe you will understand why republicans are upset. Sure, I agree that Mitt Romney would have picked a republican to fill a republican seat. Why wouldn't he? However, the wonderful leaders of the state of Massachusetts passed a law blocking him from being able to. Now they want to do away with that law so that the govenor now ,who is a democrat , can appoint a democrat to fill the seat. No one is real suprised that he picked a democrat. It is the hypocricy of revoking the law to fit the democrat's political agenda that has people upset.

    September 24, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Joe in CA

    Do they forget BUSH pushed through his friend as ambassador to the United Nations on a recess vote GROW UP!!!! Both sides do it

    September 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Jenn, Philadelphia

    I'm tired of people complaining that it's "what Teddy wanted", or something as equally stupid. If Ted Kennedy cared about anyone but himself, he would have resigned when he got sick. You could have had your special election and a new Senator by now. How can we hold anyone accountable if our leaders, Republican and Democrat, just change the rules when they don't like them?

    September 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Fraser

    The Republicans will get embarrased in the next Senate elections. Everything they have done is to make things the same or worse for Americans.

    September 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Phillip Post

    It's no wonder that the MA governor is considered a loser, because he is. Even Obama has picked him to lose.

    Looks like the entire st of MA have been fed some medicines with their government health care controls that they don't think changing laws in the middle of a process is wrong.

    September 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Fraser

    So are the republicans willing to NOT filibuster if the dems have 59 senate votes? That would only be fair, but my guess is that they aren't willing to do that.

    September 24, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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