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. Joyce/Westampton, NJ

    Leave it to a republican to stir up things....let me ask him does he have heath care? He probably does... well i don't and I work a full time job.... how bout that one....we all should be able to get the best of health care at a reasonabl rate... no one should be without... i have paid many a bill on my own simply because my employer didn't offer it and i could not afford it on my own.... we all need to unite and get something passed... all you stupid people that do not want change and have health care do you realize that your premiums are paying for the people that go to the hospital without coverage,,, and charity care comes from there premiums.... get a grip

    September 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    Hey Lefties..... Republicans would NEVER stoop this low..... to change a law BACK after having denied the same right to a governor in the opposite party. This REEKS of corruption. If this is how you ram Health care through, so be it. You must feel very proud of yourselves.

    September 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Erick

    Hey GOP. Well, you should respect late Ted Kennedy's wishes.

    September 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Gary

    He's the perfect appointment. I saw him at the Ted Kennedy pre-funeral event when he served as the chair. He was bright, articulate, and clearly reflected the thoughts and ideals of Kennedy when he spoke. I actually thought he's be a good candidate for the Senate election. I only regret that he has refused to run for the seat.

    September 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Yeah yeah...and the GOP's whining about this has nothing to do with principle and everything to do with politics:

    1. Romney, against the obvious and undeniable wishes of the vast majority of MA residents, would have played politics and appointed a GOPer if Kerry was elected. The MA legislature protected our interests.

    2. The vast majority of MA residents want full representation in the US SEnate IMMEDIATELY. The MA legislature protected our interests.

    3. The vast majority of MA residents want 2 votes on health care reform. The MA legislature protected our interests.

    4. The vast majority of MA residents want a Dem to replace Kennedy. The MA legislature protected our interests.

    Protecting our interests...that's what they're elected to do. Any questions?

    September 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. S Callahan

    It's wrong to fill this seat before an election, even if speical election. It smacks into the face of a true democracy. Shame on the leaders that allowed this and sad for America that stands by idle allowing this to take place.

    Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Muslim on going to DC to pray for this Nation, i suggest those of ALL faiths join them in unity to the God of all.... The only help for this downward spiral of corrupt hearts and degregation of people is through God...Pray...we need it.

    September 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Jack

    What's the GOPs point? I had to reread the article several times, trying to understand what they're talking about. Isn't the replacement usually from the same party. I'm a lifelong Republican and wish my party would offer solutions instead of throwing mud. They had their chance for eight years and let the country drift. Never mind the country's on the brink, it's all politics as usual.

    September 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. RobK

    Anarchy in Massachusetts. No longer is there the rule of law. Someone should challenge the governor's definition of emergency.

    September 24, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Tina, NC

    Who really, and I mean REALLY, believes that the GOP wouldn't have done the same thing?

    September 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. AP in Illinois

    I no longer have any respect for the Republican Party. From now on I will refer to them as the "Sore Loser Party." I encourage anyone who agrees with me here to do the same.

    It is petty that the Sore Losers are complaining when there is an election that is set for Kennedy's seat. The Sore Losers are like the boy who cried Wolf too many times. If you complain too much, no one takes you seriously anymore.

    September 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. L for Legend

    Tell the GOP to stick it. ALL of them would have done the same.

    September 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Quick criticism from the Republican's means it business as usual for them too. A Democrat has been replaced by a Democrat. What a shock.

    Apparently Republican's believe the people of Massachusetts should be denied representation in Congress to further there own agendas.

    The new Republican slogan: "The Constitution only applies to us."

    September 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    No doubt Dimwit Patrick just ensured himself a job in the Obama administration when he gets kicked out of office next year.

    September 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Brian

    Get over it GOP. As stated by many before, elections have consequences and you are an irrelvant minority that does nothing but complain.

    September 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. DianeR PC FL

    I strenuously object to the fact that, as a taxpaying American citizen, I had to endure eight long years of Republican thievery and thuggery under the Cheney/Bush theocratic cabal, as well as the monumental debt I have to pay down because of their lying and duplicitious chicanery with the Iraq War and financial system deregulatory orgy.

    September 24, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Mississippi Mike

    Basically, the law that was just repealed was designed for the sole purpose of denying Mitt Romney the ability to appoint an interim senator. Democrats are only interested in their agenda, never in the good of the people they support. If they were concerned about the will of the people they would let them vote.

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. BettyO

    What a bunch of hypocrites the Dems are. Making a law, then changing it to suit their need. NO INTEGRITY! NO CHARACTER! NO QUALITY! The world would be better off without them.

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Leiv

    Due process, the right for the people of Mass to vote, strong arm of the Democratic party and presidency to do this is a shame. I thought we lived in the the United States of America where the people are represented not that someone is appointed via the Democratic side to make sure they have their man in position. Why not open it up for a state wide election. Let the people vote then it would be upfront and honest. This just looks like bad politics to me.

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. Cheryl

    This real issue in MA right now , that even has the Dems PO'd , is the IN YOUR FACE politics. They changed the law already to block the appointment of an interim. So now they turn around and change that law to suit the needs of their party. If the concern was so high and Ed's concern so great, why didn't he step down a year ago? He really hasn't been at work for the last year, but we can't possibly make it until Jan a mere 4 months with out that second vote?? We put up with a lot from our state leaders, this is just too much. So you want to call it whining feel free, maybe more residents of this state will whine and things will change....

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Old Farmboy

    The problem isn't that Massahoweveryouspellit filled the seat. The problem is that when John Kerry gave up his seat during his presidential bid, the state quickly passed a law that created the 160 day wait. This was done because there was a Republican Governor and they didn't want a Republican Senator. When Kennedy died the Democratic Governor was quick to have the law overturned and appointed a Democrat to fill the seat giving them the 60 needed without the election. Some think that's fair. Personally, I don't.

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Pam

    It would be un-fair to have a Republcan fill the seat of an elected Democrat.

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Jim

    Quick criticism from the Republican's means it business as usual for them too. A Democrat has been replaced by a Democrat. What a shock.

    Apparently Republican's believe the people of Massachusetts should be denied representation in Congress to further there own agendas.

    The new Republican slogan: "The Constitution only applies to us."

    September 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Chris - MN

    How many times have I seen the criticism that the Democrats don't have the backbone to get things done, as would have been the case with Bush? Almost as many times as I've seen the criticism that the Democrats are bullies forcing their will on the opposition. Which is it?

    September 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Susan

    Yep the dems are trying to get their man in there........so what......if the tables were turned the GOP would do the same thing........remember when Tom Delay restructed Texas to benifet the GOP........so don't throw stones Republicans you just might get hit in the head with your own dastardly tricks.........

    September 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. James

    The shoe will be on the other foot pretty soon (VERY SOON), and I will be pressing for the new party in power to smash down every democrat in power until they can't breathe. Meanwhile – I just make sure that I employ no democrats, nor use services that fund democrats. If anyone goes on the breadline because of lack of money coming in from my family – it will be a democrat.

    September 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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