Washington (CNN) – Massachusetts Republicans wasted little time Wednesday criticizing Democrat Martha Coakley for attending a fundraiser one week before Bay State voters elect a successor to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
The Massachusetts Republican Party will release a new Web video this morning accusing Coakley of accepting contributions from health care lobbyists at the same time touting her efforts to hold “health insurers accountable for fraud and denying care.”
Coakley, a Democrat, holds a double-digit lead over Republican Scott Brown in next week’s special election for Kennedy’s Senate seat. But the race is tightening and the national political parties and outside interest groups are focusing their efforts on this race, because the outcome could determine the fate of health care reform in Congress.
Democrats currently have 60 votes in the 100 seat Senate – enough to overcome a GOP filibuster on Democratic health care reform legislation. If Brown were to win, he would boost the number of Republicans serving in the chamber to 41 – enough to sustain a filibuster.
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That's rich! The Rushpublicans accusing someone of taking health care lobbyist money. Were they afraid they weren't going to get their usual and customary cut of the pie? The obstructionist right-wingers are the last ones who should be pointing fingers and accusing others of taking lobbyist money. Better start looking in the mirror first before accusing others of doing exactly (and worse) what you're doing. Repub scum!
There sure seems to be quite a few other polls out there that cite the margin to be much closer thant double digits as mentioned in your article. Is your article using polling information provided by the Boston Globe? If so, I would consider that suspect. Also, you need to understand that the vacated seat doesn't belong to Kennedy, it belongs to the people of Mass. Get your act together
The DEMs have gotten negative fast. It also would help if the DEM in their own TV spot could spell the state name right??? Coakley is like Palin the party heads just dragged her out of the wood work. She is clueless about the issues.