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. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We are so happy to see the GOP so upset I think we will go out and celebrate,hahaha

    September 24, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Dave C - NJ

    So Obama is pushing Health Care, just like he said he would before he won the election.

    The loudmouths lost....I see by this story they are still loud...and still lost.

    September 24, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Michael

    Blah blah blah blah, Sry I wasnt listening to you G.O.P.

    September 24, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. victim of republican greed

    Now that the GOP has been taken over by the wingnuts, just what do they stand for besides making Joe 'the liar' Wilson their poster boy?

    September 24, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Peter E

    So... the GOP is suggesting that after they had their hinds handed to them in last year's election that somehow they represent the will of the majority of Americans instead? Despite that they and their policies are less popular than the democrats? What crybabies!

    September 24, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Jeff

    That's right GOP we will stop at nothing to get health care reform passed that includes coverage for all. It is a right to health and life issue. Remember that most GOPers are pro-life/ anti-abortion...okay fine, but how about the ALREADY LIVING?! Health care should be a RIGHT and NOT A PRIVILEGE! No, I am not a lib...I am an Independent (thinking too) centrist working with health insurance white male hockey dad.

    September 24, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Reason 8,794 to despise Democrats. How some bloggers can call Republicans hypocritical just shows how divorced from reality you have become. When the law didn't suit them before, Democrats changed it. When it doesn't suit them now they change it again. This is like a 3rd world dictatorship not a democracy. No wonder Obama and his kind get along so well with Chevez and Castro. There is more democracy in Iran than MA.

    September 24, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. marc from MS

    Wonder how much the governor got for doing this? He should have gotten a better than Blowvich. No corruption here. Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain...LOL...Seems to be a democrat modus operandi....

    September 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Rob

    Can't blame the Republicans for trying...even though they would do the same thing if they were in the majority.

    I think its foolish anyway to have a vacancy in the Senate when someone dies. A special election is perfectly fine but takes months to do campaigning and run the election. A state should not be held at a disadvantage in the Senate for 5 months while that process takes place.

    Mr. Kirk will server for 5 months until an elected replacement is decided. What is wrong with that?

    September 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    MA voters will decide who will fill Kennedy's seat in January. Time for the childish GOP to stop the fake outrage.

    September 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. victim of republican greed

    Each state is entitled to two senators, even South Caroloina.

    September 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Chris

    It's funny that this country is going bankrupt because of Dem policies and most of you still support them so blindly..."Tell me who to vote for because I'm lost without you" is your rallying cry...Start thinking for yourselves and maybe just maybe you'll start see things as they really are...It's a sad sad state of affairs when most people in our nation are sheep...when Obama said vote for change I think he forgot to tell us whether it was for better or for worse...Now starts the retort...yeppie...

    September 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. John in WV

    Obama should just tax the insurance company's butts off. Then when the American people with health care see their premiums go through the roof to offset the taxes, they can pay just like they think the American people without health care should have to do.

    September 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Dave Gallerizzo

    What a CROCK! 77% of what Americans want a Public Option? The ones in your house? And KENNEDY WROTE THE LAW REQUIRING THE SPECIAL ELECTION! He did this because Romney was the Gov and would have appointed a Republican Senator had Kerry won in 2004. They changed the rules to stack the deck. Plain and simple. Blatant garbage.

    September 24, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. phyllis

    If the democrates, could have put Jesus Christ in this seat, until an election can be held, the republicans, would condemn him. No matter what the democrates do it is the wrong thing to do, according to the republicans. and that is the truth, they can not deny it. They would say that Jesus Christ is wrong, and should not be allowed to take the Late Sen. Kennedy seat. Thank you

    September 24, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Georgette

    I am a Massachusetts Democrat and couldn't be prouder! Wouldn't live anywhere else ... even South Carolina.

    September 24, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. KP

    Ha! Typical of the Repubs to whine and cry...............as if they wouldn't have done the same thing. Can we call them the party of Green instead of Red? Whiney Babies.

    September 24, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. Yahbut

    I can only hope that the residents of Massachusetts wake up and let the state government know that the law that the state government changed in order to put a specific person in the senate was a grievous mistake. That senate seat belongs to the citizens of Massachusetts not to any special person or family. Everyone is sorry that Teddy Kennedy died from brain cancer, but that doesn't mean that his family owns that senate seat. His family should not even have been consulted about who was to replace him. The governor has overstepped his bounds in more ways than one. First to ok the changing of the law "again" and secondly conferring with the former senator's family about a replacement. I hope that as many elected officials as possible (who voted for this law change) are replaced in 2010 just because of this. It is underhanded and a slap in the face to the residents of Massachusetts. I would like to be able to be proud of my home state again. Come on VOTERS wake up to what is being done to you!!

    September 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Navy Vet

    They started with an elected Dem and ended with a short term appointed Dem, what's their point?

    Do they really believe after decades of electing a Democrat all of sudden the state majority is going to go Red?

    And as if they would'nt have done the same thing. Stop whining like three year olds. You're just as truthful and honest and complain just as much.

    September 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. d1120

    It's Kennedy-Obama land....what do you expect?

    September 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. vic nashville , Tn

    Who is talking ? GOP

    I have massage for GOP we didn’t forget 2000 presidential election

    We can’t forget 2000 to 2006 White house and congress did for us

    September 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. The black Spider

    Now that they can use the fillibuster they are crying like babies like usual.
    Are you surprise?????

    September 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Idiot_Pelosi

    That's OK, what comes around goes around.

    Let he DUMocRATS pull tricks like this.

    When it goes against them in the future, we can tell them to Shut Up.

    September 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Johnny DC

    Democrat or Republican, Liberal or Conservative... what the Democrats in Massachusetts just did, encouraged by the Democrats in the White House and Congress, was detestable.

    If this was a GOP move, as I conservative I would be embarrassed. I have been embarrassed for my party, more times than I can count.

    That's the difference between most Conservatives and most Liberals - Liberals will defend to the death the most idiotic and unconstitutional moves made by their leaders. Blindly. Without hesitation.

    September 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Lynne

    I used to listen or read the Republicans' objections; however, their constant "whining" , electioneering and negaiivity have become "overexposed".

    Everyone with a brain knows that they would have done exactly the same thing!!

    September 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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