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. Ivan

    As if you Republicans would not do the same.
    So get off your hypocrisy horse.

    September 24, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Phil

    How the people of Massachusetts continue to vote their legislators in is beyond me. Nothing but a bunch of crooks. They rewrite laws 5 years ago out of fear a republican governor would appoint a republican replacement for Kerry if he won the presidency, and now they rewrite the laws again to ensure they have the 60th vote in the Senate. I guess Ethics 101 was never a course in college. DIRTY politicians indeed!!

    September 24, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. KG, MN

    Why can't/won't the Republicans (and some Dems) listen the th American public? Most of us, 80%, want healthcare reform. More and more Americans want a public option.

    September 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Jimbo

    In typical fashion the Republicans are quick to criticize but offer no viable solution to ANY of the problems the country is facing. (Health Care, Afganistan, Middle East Peace etc). Health Care will get passed, century old enemies are finally talking in the middle east and the economy is showing signs of recovery. Just keep listening to Beck and Limbaugh. They will help assure Obama will get a second term to see all these issues through.

    September 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Sandra

    Yes, go ahead and "ram it through" using your majority of seats. How dare you? We wanted to play the filibuster game!

    September 24, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Walter

    77% of Americans support a "public option" to compete with private insurance. Despite what is being shown on T.V the american people have spoken.

    September 24, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Bill of Florida

    And the republicans would differently in what way?

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Tony in Maine

    The Party of No would have squealed like a stuck porker had Patrick appointed anyone other than Mitt Romney – who may no longer be a resident of Mass, since the time is past for that to be necessary.

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Deb

    Republicans Slam Dem's and Dem's Slam Rep's your point is ?

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Greg Smith

    The GOP complaining about a lack of principles in the health care debate? In order for the GOP to talk about lack of prinicples they should first exhibit some. Currently they lack the moral high ground to speak out on jaywalking.

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Ex-Repug

    Oh please. If it was the other way around the Republicans would have done the same thing. Enough of the phony outrage.

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. B

    Now maybe we can get the health care done, with or without the Republicans! The party of NO.....

    September 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. R in Maine

    Nothing wrong with this situation. GOP should be happy that Kirk agreed in principle that the appointment is short term. There is no reason to take the GOP complaints seriously. They wouldn't if the situation were reversed.

    September 24, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Frederik

    I don't think the GOP is the perfect player to decry this. It's not as if they wouldn'tstoop to majority enhancing power plays. After all, only a few years ago they set the bad example by organizing midterm districting (TX,...) and other things in order to squeeze in a larger majority of their own in Congress. This is thus just the usual GOP hypocrism...

    September 24, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Lou from CT

    WHINE
    WHINE
    WHINE

    The Republican Party is once again using it's typical wringing of hands, NO NO NO tactics to decry the Democratic party.

    How about coming up with IDEAS instead of just saying NO NO NO to everything??? There's a novel idea.

    And finally – to the NRSC:

    Don't go away mad – just go away

    Don't come back unless, as stated above, you have IDEAS. Whining will get you ignored like an insolent child.

    September 24, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. T'SAH from Virginia

    And it is said – “The Democrats’ power play in Massachusetts has nothing to do with principle, and everything to do with politics," Well, YOU LIE!!!!

    Why can't it be about Paul Kirk having the SAME values as Senator Ted Kennedy – and this would guarantee he would fight for HEALTH CARE REFORM the same way Ted Kennedy would have?????

    REPUBLI-CAN'Ts will NEVER agree with anything coming from the WH or anywhere else because their goal is to destroy Obama and everything he stands for..... EVIL!!!! Down Outright Disgusting!!!

    September 24, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. Andi

    Of COURSE they do.

    September 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    We saw with the Stimulus Bill how beneficial it is to the country for the Democrats to ram their partisan bills through.

    Unemployment is at record highs and they just had to extend unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans. That is not a good indication for the effectiveness of partisan politics.

    It's not even that the Republicans alone don't support this...the majority of Americans don't support this.

    September 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Roger

    who really cares what the party of NO/obstructionists think or say...

    September 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. RL.

    Like the Republicans wouldn't have done the same thing. What a bunch of hypocrits.

    September 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. Tom in CA

    The Grand Obstructionism Party forgot the cheese with their whine.

    I guess they forgot that they lost the last election.

    September 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. tami

    Desperation and hypocricy in anything is an ugly thing but what is more uglier is the fact they did not even let the Mr. Kennedy's body cool before they were plotting this strategy. Shows you the true colors and lack of compassion of these people.

    September 24, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Kyle, Virginia

    It is obvious that it is the REPUBLICANS who are scared of health care that will benefit every sick citizen. Their over-done response is completely uncalled for.

    September 24, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Big Ed

    Of course the "Party of NO!" is going to oppose the appointment. t gives them an opportunity to continue to say NO to health care reform and any other proposal out there that the Democrats have. They have NO plan of their own to present, so it's NO wonder that they would say NO to the appointment. They would have it NO other way! NO what I mean? (heh, heh, heh!)

    September 24, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. j

    What`s new !!!!!! The last administration " rammed it to " ALL of us during the last 8 years

    September 24, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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