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. brian

    Oh blah, blah, blah. The republicans would do the same thing. The false moral outrage the last few years from both parties makes me want to puke.

    September 24, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Nathaleen

    Sometimes it is best to say nothing if you don't have anything good to say. The words you say follows you (No!, No!, No!).

    September 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    HEY Guys,

    Cool it. This is a TEMPORARY appointment. An election will be held and the people can then voice their opinion. In the interim, they are entitled to two senators. If the Republicans don't like that arrangement TOUGH

    September 24, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. RAY IN NJ

    Get over it Republicans! When are you all going to realize YOU LOST!!! This is what happens – it's the trappings of "POWER"! Something you want all for yourselves. Well, this time it belongs to the Dems and Obama! Don't feel bad, though – you have only 3 more years before you can try to get it back! If you do, I can guarantee the things you now complain about from this president will look like childs-play compared to what you'll do with the power! God help us all if you do!!!

    September 24, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jarod from San Diego

    HAHAHA! Isnt this the skillet calling the kettle black?

    September 24, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    if a Republican didn't say NO to something a Democrat did I think I would have woken up in another country. Sorry but RNC slamming DNC is OLD news.

    September 24, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Hey, GOP! Butt out of Massachusetts state politics!

    It makes total sense for the Governor of MA to pick a successor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy, someone who will continue to represent their state as Kennedy did.

    After all, Kennedy was elected and his constituents deserve to have their voices accurately heard until the special election.

    September 24, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Jarod from San Diego

    It must be good for the nation if the party of NO is against the move.

    September 24, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. PALIN/BACHMANN 2012!!!

    So now the Dems are using a Marxist poll!!!! Truly pathetic!!!

    September 24, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Larry

    What's the point of laws if the rulling party just turns around and changes them to suit thier needs? I understand their point to have representation, but a law is a law. This kind of mentality will ultimately lead to the demise of America as we know it!

    September 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Mark

    This is why the democrats will lose a lot of seats in the next election. They know it, and it is why they have to pull garbage like this. Because the people elected one thing, but got something completely different.

    September 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    The GOP is squawking like a stuck chicken for the same reason they put Coleman through the paces of delaying the seating of Senator Al Franken:

    The GOP will do anything they can to obstruct our government and thwart the will of the people.

    The GOP wants President Obama and our country to fail. And they will try – by hook or by crook – to do so.

    Pathetic!

    September 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Gee, imagine that Republicans suddenly realizing that political moves by either party are "playing politics" . I am sure that no Republican has ever "played politics". The hypocrisy of the right wing has always been bad, but it has seldom ever been this blatant or putrid.

    September 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Gary Swanson

    Why were the Republicans silent this past winter when then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Burress to fill Barrack Obama's seat. Everyone involved back then is a Democrat ... why is this different?

    September 24, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Jesse, MA.

    To everyone who thinks this is a bad political move. You are right, it reeks of partisan maneuvering. But to anyone who thinks that this isn't an accurate reflection of the population of MA's will, you are totally WRONG.

    This state has elected massive Democratic majorities and will continue to do so. Having our full representation in the Senate is imperative. I felt sorry for all those in Minnesota until they had their full representation and I was concerned about my own state's representation from the incident at the innauguration forward.

    Whether or not they did it the way it should have been done, the fact remains that the law we have now best represents the interests of the citizens of Massachusetts.

    To anyone who doesn't like it, if you don't live here, then it's too bad for you. If you do live here, vote for someone else, but good luck, you live in the second most liberal, democratic, progressive state in the union.

    September 24, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Jarod from San Diego

    Simple question for the right winger, "Where was your angst when all of the Gerrymandering was going on during the Bush years? You guys are producing croc tears and false anger. Hopefully one day we will all come together an stop ANY party that tries to run over our liberties and strongarm our laws to suit their needs..but until then, enjoy the ride.

    September 24, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    The Republican party is trying to save itself from the verge of collapse by deflecting collapse toward the Democrat party, but it isn't working.

    Republicans are so angry that they lost the last two Congressional elections and the Presidential election, and are trying hard to swing the vote in 2010.

    With that, time will tell, but the people that are truly in trouble with MORALITY are the REPUBLICANS. It's as plain as day and Republican robotic nay-sayers can come on to the blogs and gush their anger and verisimilitude all they want, IT ISN'T WORKING.

    September 24, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. andrew st louis

    shocking to see the gop upset something the dems do.

    September 24, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. NJ

    Boy that statement really smarts after that highly highly "principled" opposition the GOP has presented to the healthcare bill.

    So basically GOP, your understanding of fair play is that you can go around saying death panels, and expanded coverage for illegals, and buerecrats rationing care, etc etc etc., but when we replace a Senator, that's......"unprincipled?"........Funny.

    September 24, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Joe In Nevada

    No, this is not illegal.

    Lying to the world and invading a country over a personal grudge is illegal. Authorized Torture is illegal. Inhumane abuse and treatment of detainees is illegal. Wire-tapping the American public is illegal. Firing people because they don't/won't follow along party lines is illegal.

    No, filling a vacant senate seat does not sound all that bad by comparison.

    September 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    The people of Mass deserve full representation in the Senate. The rules say a Senator is to be replaced by an election. It used to be the Senator was to be replaced by appointment by the Gov., but that was changed on 2004 to block Gov. Romney from appointing a Repbulican if Kerry won the Presidential election.
    The people of Mass deserve to be fully represented and it is their business how they feel about the Dems playing fast and loose with the rules. But to say the Dems are ethically challanged for changing the rules as they go to rig their partisian agenda would be an understatement. A party that has no problem with this kind of activity can not also be trusted to be honest with the 2010 census, but the American people have no choice. The only protection against this kind of government is to watch everything they do, everything.

    September 24, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. ray

    the republicans across this country has no morals, none. remember bush??

    September 24, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. Mark

    Obama hasn't changed politics. He just brought corrupt Chicago politics to a national level. That guy is more corrupt, more ethically challenged, and more power hungry then any other president is US History. This is a desperate attempt to save his presidency, as he knows after the 2010 elections he will have no chance of pushing through another one of his government takeovers. He will not with the 2012 election, as everyone will come to realize what a failure he is as a president.

    September 24, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. andrew st louis

    hey gop earlier this year you said the stock market was in tank and we would not defeat terror attacks at home. well guess wht you disgusting hypocrites market has rebounded and we just fended off possible attack. why dont you talk about that or would that be a problem. gop quit chaging the rules to suit your cause.

    September 24, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Jaime, Plantation FL

    The people's views were taken into account when they voted in the Democrats. This action by the people who write the law is perfectly legal. Republicans are whining and belly aching for one and one reason alone.

    THEY GOT BEAT.

    Suck it up, you lost the election, you are out of power, you are irrelevant, and your whining helps no one.

    September 24, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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