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. Phil

    Haha, do the liberals on here ever have any facts to go with their arguments. All they do is point fingers and call names. Why can't you realize that what was done was unethical? What is the point of a law if you are going to change it everytime it becomes a roadblock for your "needs". If you cannot see this was very underhanded, you really are a liberal through and through and you should be proud. The party can use good little foot soldiers like you.

    September 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    And if the shoe was on the other foot, would the GOP have done anything differant? I say NO! History shows that this is true.
    The two major parties have long forgotten " We the People".
    This is all about power and money bottom line.

    September 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Telly

    I have had this one constant struggle with conservatives ... They claim to represent strong moral and religious values .. But, they are so adamantly against healthcare for everyone ... Seems like total opposite philosophies to me !

    Their motto: WWJDFMO
    "What Would Jesus Do For Me Only"

    September 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Peoples Voice

    Of course they are slamming it.

    Mass didn't assign Sara Palin, or someone equally stupid, to the job.

    September 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Kyle

    Sure it will be a democrat >> I just want everyone to know how hard and dirty Ted Kennedy fought to get the Law changed over when Mit Romney was Governer and might have had a chance to pick John Kerry's Senate seat if he beat George Bush. Now everyone else(democrats) are fighting to change it back. That is wrong, so you can see it comes down to dirty politics. We need to not label people as Democrat or Republican and let people vote based on Character.

    September 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Justin

    And if the situation was reversed, the Republicans would be heralding the fact that the people of the state had full representation with the temporary replacement and the Democrats would be upset.... It is called politics and it is the reason we need to stop voting in members of parties and vote in Americans..... If you belong to a party you BELONG to the party.

    September 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    Republicans "quick to criticize"? When did that happen?

    Oh, right - just about the time they were resoundingly voted out of power by a solid majority of the American people. And rightly so. Maybe if they had been a little more critical of their own President and leaders they wouldn't sound so silly when they start digging and scraping to find ways to criticize this one.

    September 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Patricia, Minneapolis

    OMG! These Re-publicans.

    September 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. AzJake

    Go Dems. The Red-side is shrinking and will be all gone after 2010.

    September 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    The liberals here need to realize that the GOP has no problem with the previous law (created in '04 by Kennedy et al) being followed, EVEN IF A DEM IS ELECTED. But to change the law to suit political purposes is just plain corrupt. When will people realize that? And how can they not see that?

    September 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    More evidence how corrupt the politics of the democratic party are in this state. If it's convenient to their political goals, then there are no obstacles. Principled politics need not apply.

    September 24, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Tom L

    Democrats need to realize that they will look bad from this move, no question about it.

    Everyone who says that "Republicans would do the same thing" are only speaking in hypothetical terms. That is no justification, by the way, as my mother always told me that "two wrongs don't make a right."

    Truly pathetic.

    September 24, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Jesse

    When is everyone going to realize that it doesnt really matter if your left, right or in the middle, the crooked and corrupt politicians of this great country are going to run things the way they see fit and the best way that will benifit them and their supporters

    September 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. jack bergman

    intersting to see how quickly Mass. became Banana Republic

    September 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. bigTEXoil

    REPUBLICANS you lost....now it is time to get back to work....what will it take for us to realize we have to get serious about this country...poor health care system, social security in shambles, unemployment rate is very high, we can't keep going down the same path we went in the past 8 years. GOP keep trying to sabotage the legislative process with rediculous attention getting talking points in the media....hello, please get back to work.

    September 24, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Laughing man

    And there is NOTHING they can do about it......

    ahhh ahahahahahahaha.

    September 24, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Slappy White

    That figures...

    When the shoe's on the other foot, Republicans all of a sudden are against states' rights.

    From their behavior, they seem to be hellbent on losing another fifteen seats in the House and another four or five in the Senate in 2010.

    It'll probably be the only way to shut them up and straighten them out.

    September 24, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    2010 can't come fast enough when we can put Kerry and pseudo-Kennedy and the rest of the Northeast liberals back in to the minority. And if you don't want the Senate to use the nuclear option when that happens, you better not do it with health care.

    September 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Someone get the GOP some tissues, stat!

    September 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Dan

    It only makes sense to fill Kennedy's seat with somebody like minded who supports Healthcare reform just like Kennedy did. That keeps the same balance of power that the people elected. When new elections are held the balance may shift, not earlier.

    September 24, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Patrick of Honolulu

    Yep, sure looks like "politics as usual" to me. And to think we bought in to all this hope and change crap. Why is that Obama is so much more popular than anything he says or presses for?

    September 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Massachusetts has joined the ranks of North Korea, Iran, and Cuba as people's republics with true democracy. 2010 will make what happened to Clinton after 2 years seems like the good old days.

    September 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Mario, mtl, ca.

    Always and still the party of NO

    September 24, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    This coming from the party who gave us that never ending shrill gas bag quitter from Alaska.

    September 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. tjaman

    Thank heavens those dainty Rs never do anything political.

    September 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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