January 13th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
8 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. Matt

    At least they know how to spell Massachusetts.

    January 13, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. DALE

    To hear then Repubs say what a diaster we are in you'd think they would have better things to do.

    January 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. Biased

    Her fundraiser attendance in Washington and those who threw it for her should be made very public. Is the fact that one of those with her perhaps assaulted a reporter going to be made more public as well?

    January 13, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    Good thing the Republicans do so much of this word called Criticize! I've been having trouble in my older age remembering how to spell it! But no more. Thanks, Party of C. – Ever heard the word C-O-N-S-T-R-U-C-T-I-V-E before?

    January 13, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. dak

    Unlike Republicans who take money from special interests like the health insurance industry and then do everything they can to block health insurance reform all the while pretending that they are all for health insurance reform. Pot calling the kettle black? Same old, same old hypacrites.

    January 13, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. USN

    Double diggit lead ? Several poles I looked at is 1 to 2 point spread with 3% marg/error. Gotta love media bias

    January 13, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. La Chatte

    What do the Repugs ever do besides criticize? It's just another way for them to do nothing productive to make life better in the US. So lame!

    January 13, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Juan Solis

    I tend to have doubt's about candidates who become the favorites of conservative radio talk shows.

    January 13, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Had Enough in Mass

    Great story! Lots of folks outside of Cambridge have had enough of tax-happy liberals who say one thing and do another and Coakley is following the same pattern. I still have issues with the Rebublicans but Scott Brown is a breath of fresh air. I hope that there are enough who agree who will help send the Dem's a strong message that we're ready for REAL CHANGE and not going to be taken for granted anymore.

    January 13, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. A Guy

    This is Massachusetts, Brown is unelectable here. The Democrats could run a potato against Brown and win.

    January 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. a health economist

    I realize there are some things that should be criticized by politicians. But since the Presidential election the criticism coming from the Republicans could be done by Mad Libs.

    Person 1:
    Noun 1:
    Person 2:
    Noun 2:

    The Republican party criticized (Person1) for attending the (Noun 1). The GOP will release a statement accusing (Person 2) of accepting contributions from lobbyists. They will also release a statement urging voters to stand up and fight back against (Noun 2).

    January 13, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Should I believe a billionaire on am radio

    We got along fine for years and years without the filibuster, and 51 votes won the day,what happened ?

    January 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Bill

    ...and this woman has a lead in the polls??? Answer the question or was it too tough!

    January 13, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Son of the South

    Troubling for Dems when MA seat is becoming a toss-up.

    January 13, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. haren

    There is no rocket science to elect a democrats.
    They should not listen to party of NO.
    They have not done anything good for middle class people.
    where is their family value to select a candidate who posed naked on a cover of magazine.

    January 13, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Mike

    The latest Gallup poll has the race at about dead even, there is no double digit lead for the demorat. She campaigns on insurance companies stealing from the people and there she is at a fund raiser collecting donations from insurance lobbyists. More CHANGE we can believe in, yep a mini nobama.

    January 13, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. mjm

    Coakley, a Democrat, holds a double-digit lead over Republican Scott Brown in next week’s special election for Kennedy’s Senate seat...

    Yeah, you wish CNN. Rasmussen and PPP have this as a 1-2 point race as of 1-2 weeks ago. On 1/11, Brown was behind by 2 point, the week before that he was UP by 1.

    Would it kill you to just report the news and quit skewing everything toward the Democrats?

    January 13, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Dutch the Great

    The republicans can try and smear Ms. Coakley's name as much as they want, they still won't win Sen. Kennedy's seat. I don't trust a republican to champion healthcare reform out of Massachusetts.

    January 13, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Charlie

    To the author, Mark Preston: It's not "Kennedy's Senate seat"! This sense of entitlement/ownership that people have for seats in Congress – seats supposedly held due to a democratic voting process – is disturbing. The seat belongs to the people of Massachusetts, and the senator who wins will be their representative. Remember that 'Constitution' thingy?

    January 13, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. chris l

    double digit lead? Really? Wow, Every other poll has her lead either oin single digits or virtually tied. But hey, this is CNN so we know "the deal." CNN has become a complete joke.

    January 13, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Bob

    CNN, get your facts straight. Coakley only has around a 2pt lead over Brown, not double digits. Please stop campaigning for Coakley. Thanks.

    January 13, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Ex-G.O.P.

    Classic Republic projection.
    The party that drinks from the corporate teet, criticizing Coakley.

    How can you tell if a Republic is lying . . .

    January 13, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. stevegee

    Scott Brown will provide the Check & Balance that our country needs.

    The liberal Democrats are out of control, and must be stopped before they ruin our country. Massachusetts is going to send a message next Tuesday by electing Brown.

    This is just the beginning of a conservative movement the likes this country hasn't seen since Reagan. Go Scott go!

    January 13, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. hello!

    The Coakley campaign in the last 48 hours:

    Misspells "Massachusettes" in her own ad.
    Claims no terrorists in Afghanistan on televised debate.
    Her companion in DC knocks down a Weekly Standard reporter on the street right in front of Coakley – she walks away.
    When asked to clarify her Afghanistan comments, she looks away from the question and asks if there is anyone else with a question.
    Runs to DC to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars from Lobbyists.

    Wow, what an appealing candidate she is....

    GO BROWN!!!!!

    January 13, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    Well, repubs, if you are seriously concerned about candidates taking contributions from health care lobbyist, lets up the ante: give the names of all congress men and women who are taking contributions from health care lobbyist as well as insurance lobbyist.

    January 13, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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