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. nebraska grandma

    Can Mr. Jesmer expect anyone to take him seriously when he, like Rush, cannot distinguish between the noun, "Democrat," and the adjective, "Democratic," as in "Democrat Congress"? I'm amazed at willingly Republicans follow Rush, even in language. Republicans do have a leader; they just refuse to acknowledge him.

    September 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Deb

    We elect officials to represent us.
    All we are getting these days is arguing !

    When the Republicans were in office they had run of the house and didn't care what ANYONE WANTED

    Now the Democrats are in office and they keep asking for feed-back from all parties.

    Let's get things done and stop talking about it !

    September 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. steven harnack

    Like the repubs thought the people of Mass. would have elected a repub to fill Ted (the Lion) kennedy's shoes? They have to know better than that.They just wanted an empty seat so the people of Mass. had no Rep. in the current debate. Do you think they would be complaining if a Repub. had been appointed?

    September 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. ALittleTruth4U

    Every news outlet should always have two headlines ready to go.

    Example:

    #1 GOP slams Kirk appointment

    #2 GOP slams special election

    They are so predictable it's pathetic at this point.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. John Adams

    This is an outrage. Why woud the Governor appoint a Democrat to fill the seat of a deceased Democrat in an overwhelming blue state. There are many more qualified people who could fill that seat. There is Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glen Beck to name a few.

    If the tables were turned a Repubican Governor would have appointed a Democrat to fill the seat of of a deceased Republican in an overwhelmingly red state. That is how we Republicans are. We go out of our way dilute our majority in Congress. We even make sure that all our Supreme Court appointments are Democrats.

    The Democrats should follow our example.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. normajean

    What a joke. The Republicans calling foul. As if they wouldn't do exactly the same thing. I've been around a long time, seen a number of presidents come into office and have never seen the dirty tricks, innuendos and lies as we've been getting from a party that doesn't seem to realize that they are only hurting themselves by being so underhanded.They're losing respect and it will show up in the votes come 2010.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. kathy in PA

    The tactics the Republican party have employed to defeat the health care reform that 75% of Americans want and need are far more underhanded than changing a law so that the Governor can appoint Kennedy's replacement.
    Standing in front of our Congress and misrepresenting a health care bill with threats of "rationing" and fears of "socialism" are just plain despicable.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Regressive Party Refugee (former republican)

    Coming from the party that engineered the most egregious examples of gerrymandering & redistricting nationwide, but particularly in Texas under the republican criminal Tom Delay, this is little more than yet another example of huge republican hypocrisy.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. hockeybear

    And the Republicans wouldn't do the same thing? Boo hoo. Take your marbles and go home.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. GOPer

    Please. These GOPers need to clean their own house (Ensign, Vitter, etc.) before they hypocritically continue to throw the same old political criticisms at others.

    Providing affordable health care to Americans IS a principle, which the Party of No has been desperately trying to obstruct while shamelessly hoping failure for our country.

    On the contrary to NRSC lies, the choice of a public option is still supported by the majority, and health-care reforms are on the brink of passage for the American people.

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Bry Guy

    Amazing. . .simply amazing. Republicans "ram" unwise, unpopular and unethical legislation without allowing dissent, breaking decorum and rules as they went, and driving this country off a cliff morally, socially and economically and when Democrats follow the rules in order to protect the future of a popular piece of legislation that Republicans hate because it's a Democratic good idea, they cry foul. As my good Republican friend used to tell me all the time until Democrats took office, "Elections have consequences". . .

    September 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Debbie Berenda

    Unemployment is at its hightest because of the last eight years under Bush. I am neither Democrat nor Republican, I am a Libertarian, so my vote is for the best party and the person that best covers my issues. If you are all going to whine like idiots, then have a Direct Democracy for the people. Vote on the issues yourself, not for people to make decisions for you. I for one, am quite capable of thinking for myself.

    September 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Jefe

    Ouch, its not so fun when one party has total control, is it Neocons? And to think, the president was avoiding going unilateral, trying to include the Republicans, but instead all we got was fantasy death panels and other fear-mongering. Now you're going to get the full brunt of absolute power instead of a properly-functioning government.

    You asked for it, you got it. Thanks a bunch for failing us while you're in the minority, just as you failed us for the previous 8.

    September 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Liberalism=the end justifies the means

    When the shoe is on the other foot (and it is coming sooner than you think) all you libs will have to suck it up. Nine months ago, you would have thought the republican party was done....but thanks to the president taking off the mask he wore during the campaign, Americans really see how out of the mainstream he is and that my friends, is giving republicans a chance to get back in the big game.

    September 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Dan

    Defunct Party of America = GOP

    Dud Party of America = GOP

    September 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Chris - MN

    I can see the reasoning for the criticism, however I'm somewhat relieved that in this era where the political ends always override the means (on both sides), I think it is for the greater good.

    September 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. KP

    What happened GOP.....? Did you get beat at your own game?

    September 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Wanda in Montana

    You Republicans LOST. Get over it. We're filling Ted Kennedy's seat - what did you expect? Sarah Palin?! I thought that many Republicans were just pretending to be stupid to appeal to their base, but I'm beginning to think they really are that stupid!

    September 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Merle

    My, my, my...the things you can do when you have ALL the Power.

    September 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Young independent

    People need to realizes that a democrat is filling the seat because the Mass dems, who elected a dem the passed away, will have the same representation to fill that position, and then they can vote whomever they want in to that spot come thie 2010 elections but the seat is not going to change parties just becasue a dem dies. and to the people of Mass saying this is a bad thing, don't be stupid, do you want representation or not, you voted a dem in office and 2004 and a dem will stay in office till 2010 when you get to vote again. So what you people are really hating on is not that the seat is being filled, it's that it betters the chances of the healthcare bill being passed which really means you glad kennedy died in the first place because then thats one vote less. WELL YOU KNOW WHAT TOO BAD!!!!!

    September 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    BooHoo from the right again, like they wouldn't have done the same thing. Still not as ugly as what tom delay did when he gerrymandered Texas to be bright red. Republicants do the same and worse.

    September 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    That's it! Stick a fork in me I'm done!

    The GOP is weird.

    September 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. No More Incumbents

    Tell me again why people hate politicians?

    September 24, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Mike in MN

    While it is clear that the Democrats have played fast and loose with the Mass. process to replace a Senator, the people of Mass. do deserve full representation. Democrats are rigging the game to their favor. When they had a Republican Gov. in Romney they changed the rules from having the Gov. replace a Senator to requiring an election. This was to stop Romney from appointing a Republican to replace Kerry if he won the 2004 election. Now they don't want to wait for an election so they change the rules again so a Dem. gov can appoint a temp until the election can take place. This is to help get the votes for a health care bill. So the Dems play fast and loose with the rules to fit their partian needs, not pretty. But I can't disagree with the people of Mass deserving full representiation on health care reform, even if I do not agree with the new Senators likely position on the issue. The people of Mass deserve to be fully represented, just lke the people of any other state.

    September 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Proud Member..Party of No

    You democrats are a hopeless cause. How is it that something so obviously wrong is A-OK with democrats? The democrats themselves changed the law in Massachusetts to a requirement for a special election in circumstances like this. Now, because that law no longer suits their needs it goes out the window and a new procedure is introduced and all you simpleton democrats are defending this indefensible move. Unbelievable. Anyone who doesn't condemn this maneuver is part of the problem.

    September 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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