January 13th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Republicans criticize Coakley for attending DC fundraiser

Republicans criticize Democrat Martha Coakley for attending DC fundraiser.
Republicans criticize Democrat Martha Coakley for attending DC fundraiser.

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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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Scott Brown
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Minnesota gal

    So all the money the slimy stud brown accepted from GOP is ok...darn those republicans don't they like to spin and slur a little old ant hill into something impossible. The best thing for this country is clean the house of republicans and start out with a new party....one call AMERICAN.

    January 13, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Squigman

    If a retardlican didn't have something to criticize, they'd have no reason to exist. How about this. Instead of being reactive, try being a little pro-active. But that would take thought, instead of knee-jerk.

    January 13, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    stupid whiny republicans ruined the country under bush/cheney and still don't get it.....

    January 13, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. billy123

    Gee what else is knew the GOP will complain 24/7.

    January 13, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Sean

    Wat? The same Republicans who want rape victims to pay for the test kit? Wow.

    January 13, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. james Miller

    The insurance companies have won the war after losing a few minor skermishes. With the public option out, they will adjust rates to cover the high risk customers mandated------ Just look up the medical insurance companies` stocks and see for yourself. The BIG profits are just now beginning.

    January 13, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but......

    HAHAHA. As if. The republicans are so in the back pocket of large corporations and the rich. It's too funny that they criticize a dem for the same thing. Can't wait to see them get their butts kicked in the special election. Can't wait to hear their whining and excuses afterward. Have a nice day!

    January 13, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. vote Brown

    Brown will be great. He has the experience and he's a local.

    January 13, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. iupg

    Massachusetts has a Republican party? They shouldn't waste their time or money. We don't vote Republican in Massachusetts.

    January 13, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Dee

    Now that Palin's with faux news, how about CNN letting them worry about writing stories on her. The BIGGEST reason I read CNN.com is because it's NOT faux news.

    January 13, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Ron in California

    She was out with the lobbyist to get $$ for which they expect some return. Same ole stuff. Heard her say that Brown was supported by extreme right wing groups...but did not name them.

    January 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. JES

    Some things never change with the DEMS speaking out of both sides of their mouth.

    You can always tell when a the DEMS are lying their lips are moving.

    January 13, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Reggie

    Coakly is merely a pawn for the democratic party. Hopefully the voters of Mass. can see that and elect Scott Brown. Brown will look out for THEIR best interests NOT his own.

    January 13, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Dave

    Yep, i read the post in the ticker yesterday on CNN about Martha Coakley's D.C fundraiser and CNN said not one peep about the big corporateheathcare companies and lobbyist donors that were there to give to Martha's campaign.

    Want to bet if Scott Brown did this CNN would be all over him. The bias here is laughable.

    January 13, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Republicans criticize Democrats every day, non-stop, for simply breathing.

    January 13, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Debbie

    1) Does any politician not use lobbyist? Of course not. They ALL do. Both sides.
    2) Does the GOP really want the public going into where each of them have gained campaign money? In fact, I think that would be great! Let's just see where Brown's money came from...

    January 13, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Massachusetts is as liberal as they can be. Even with one of the highest tax rates in the union, Brown has littlle to no chance to win! I guess the liberals like the mess in Mass. Oh well!

    January 13, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Peter s

    There is no party with moral authority to criticize each other!!. Because,politicians on both parties are wholly owned by lobbyists and other special groups.

    January 13, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. mark

    coakley bows to the special interests, it's time for change in Massachusetts!

    January 13, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Tom in FL

    It would be the ultimate irony if a Republican successor to Ted Kennedy became the tool that Republicans use to trash health care reform. Hopefully, the people of Massachusetts are smarter than that.

    January 13, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Republicans grasping at straws...

    January 13, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Todd

    She'll be a DC resident in a few days, so what's the big deal? republicons would criticize her for breathing. In the meantime they are doing their level best to make sure as many American die unecessary deaths as possible. As manyt Americans have to chose between medicine and food. As many Americans a s possible are driven to bankruptcy and homelessness because of family illness. Great and moral values from the party of no.

    January 13, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Politicians sell their souls, for the money to get elected. It really makes me wonder whether it is at all possible, to have "government by the people".

    In truth, we are at the mercy of those in Washington, and have almost no real say-so, about anything our government is doing. It is as close to a dictatorship, as you can get, without military force. Of course, any "uprising" would get military force, so that's possibly just as moot a point.

    January 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. George

    Keep whining and crying GOP. Now when you are finished with that, please join in to make America a better place. You would be surprised the feeling you will get when human decency overcomes your greed.

    January 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. notfooledbydistractions

    C'mon, republicans would criticize her because the sky is blue and water is wet.

    This is just political nonsense.

    January 13, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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