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. greg

    It's not so much that an appointment was made, but rather how it was done. First, in order to prevent a Republican Senator, the law was enacted. Then, when the Democrats realized it would work against them, they repealed it. Furthermore, they bypassed the waiting period for new laws to take effect. There was a substantial conflict of interest involved. Usually, actions taken like this would be considered unethical, regardless of which side would also do it.

    September 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Wake Up

    It's ridiculous. Skirt laws to suit the current needs. Even if you are a dem, you have to think it's ridiculous. Can't politicians just follow the law? I'm so sick of it.

    September 24, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Slappy White

    The 'Pubbies need to go back and look up some of Newt's gibberish about "elections have consequences.."

    September 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Dave

    Only thing I don't understand is why the Democrats didn't just cut out the election and have President Obama appoint a Czar to fill the seat. Why take a chance that the voters might make a stupid decision and elect the wrong person.

    (File under "sarcasm".)

    September 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Gus The Willie

    Why are the Repukes complaining about this appointment? Remember what Newt and his Gang of Repukes did a few years back? What goes around comes around!

    September 24, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. mike

    This kind of news story is a typical Republican plant – trying to make a conspiracy out of nothing just to gain any kind of leverage against something they fear and like most things they fear – they fear it because they don't understand it, when the rest of the world refers to "dumb Americans" they are referring to republicans!

    September 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. chill

    If this had been Texas instead, you can bet the Repub Party would have done exactly the same thing. So dry those crocodile tears and get over it.

    September 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Wake Up

    It's ridiculous. Skirt laws to suit the current needs. Even if you are a dem, you have to think it's ridiculous. Can't politicians just follow the law? I'm so sick of it. The libs line is "repubs would do it"...so what, it's unethical. Maybe if one party stood up and was moral, it would be contagious. Obviously, the dems are TRYING to be the worst yet.

    September 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Beverly in NC

    When DON'T the Republicans complain and criticize about EVERYTHING???? The live on negativity and fear and Americans are sick of it!

    They have no leadership, no direction, no solutions for anything but there's ONE THING they sure can do – WHINE AND CRITICIZE – and do nothing that helps the American people who elected these do-nothing obstructionsts.

    Time to rid Congress of the whiners and put intelligent hard-working people in their seats who will do the job they were elected to do – work for the People and not for the Insurance Industry and rich Corporations! No more GOP in 2010!!!!

    September 24, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. AntiRush

    Oh yeah, Republicans would never do something like that. For instance, Republican Mayor Mike Blumberg, who I happen to like alot, didn't get the city council to overturn term limits so he could run for a third term. Even though the people voted for term limits. Oh wait. He did.

    September 24, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Zion

    And......It's about time the Democrats demonstrated guts instead of negotiating with Terrorists.

    September 24, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The issue isn't a hypothetical 'what would Republiccans have done'. It's what the Democrats actually DID. You Dems don't get it at all. You changed the law twice in the last 5 years for purely political purposes. This is unethical, and unconstitutional. I hope it gets tied up in court.

    September 24, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Chris

    If the Governor had appointed a republican, would the GOP still be this outraged. I think not. Get over it.

    September 24, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. minnie

    Of course the ELECTED DEMOCRATIC PARTY is acting in the best interest of the peoplof the people who elected them – just as the Republicans would do if they were the winning party.

    Republicans whine about EVERYTHING that the Democrats do.

    September 24, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Michael from New Jersey

    If the shoe were on the other foot, do you think the Republicans would act any differently? Give me a break.

    September 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Rick

    So! The GOP arguement is that the seat needed to remain empty until sometime in 2010! Wow, is that "convenient"?

    Both Houses in the MA voted for this to happen. Both Houses agreed that the "emergency" provision could be triggered by the Governor.

    SURPRISE? I think not! A DEM state? SURPRISE! Wow, the GOP is just a flutter with astounding pronouncements.

    Should the GOP be serious, not just puffing, then put up a serious, viable candidate that has a shot in MA. Can't, then shut up!

    No state should have lack of representation, or unless the GOP agrees, if a good alternative presents itself. This person projects the same ideals as Kennedy did. What is the loss? Why the crying foul?

    September 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Ted

    idiot republicans. They have the same sense of political expediency so YES they would have done the same thing.

    September 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. OldUncleTom

    It was politics on the Dem side that gave MA that stupid law in the first place; and the GOP condemned it at the time.

    It is politics on the Dem side that brings correction to the bad law they passed; and the GOP condemns it this time too.

    Conclusion: Democrats can learn from their mistakes; Republicans can condemn anything Democrats do.

    September 24, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Juanita Stone

    Good for them...so what the Republicans are upset...the Democrats would have been crazy to appoint a republican because it is obvious they are against anything this administration does no matter what impact it has on the American people good or bad....Republicans...are you mad because they beat you at your own game.....Go Demodrats !!!

    September 24, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Right Leaning Independent

    Well, I think the Republican statement sums it up very well!! I think Dems know that they need to ram everything possible down our throats fast because they are going to lose big in state elections this year and mid terms next year!! Hopefully, some of this crap they are passing can be undone in the future by a President that really works for the best interests of Americans!!

    September 24, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Nea

    Why is it wrong if its legal We are trying to pass health Care for all Americans and not the selected few and they say its about politics when all we keep hearing from republicans are EXCUSES. Sounds like to me as far as the republicans are concerned its all about politics debates after debates and no health care and im not just blaming republicans some democrats as well are just as bad. But my thing is if the republicans dont want to help then why stand in the way!

    September 24, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Archie

    As a VERY conservative republican, I don't like this. I understand it. Obama has lied all throughout his current role. He said he wanted to change the way things are done in Washington, but what a complete flip. They elect someone who they know will vote their way, republicans and democrats couldn't possibly be further apart. For all you who say republican's only care about themselves, tell me, how fair is it when someone who doesn't lack smarts, just ambition, gets healthcare out of your pocket because he/she CHOOSES to stand under a bridge and beg. I genuinely feel sorry for disabled folks, but not lazy ones...

    September 24, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Bill

    What did they expect – that he would appoint Mitt Romney? There is a reason why they are called the "Party of No".

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

    BLAH BLAH BLAH... Now who does the GOP think they are kidding.
    Give it a rest and quit playing politics.

    September 24, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. The Coming Civil War

    The U.S. is on the brink of disaster. The Democrats are abandoning all pretense. They are on a road to dictatorship and they know it. And they don't care.

    Assuming the Democrats don't declare martial law (an actual possibility, if you ask me), and we actually have free elections again (not a given with Obama's crew), the GOP will win. And then what will happen?

    September 24, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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