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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At least they know how to spell Massachusetts.
To hear then Repubs say what a diaster we are in you'd think they would have better things to do.
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?
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?
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.
Double diggit lead ? Several poles I looked at is 1 to 2 point spread with 3% marg/error. Gotta love media bias
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!
I tend to have doubt's about candidates who become the favorites of conservative radio talk shows.
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.
This is Massachusetts, Brown is unelectable here. The Democrats could run a potato against Brown and win.
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.
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).
We got along fine for years and years without the filibuster, and 51 votes won the day,what happened ?
...and this woman has a lead in the polls??? Answer the question or was it too tough!
Troubling for Dems when MA seat is becoming a toss-up.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
CNN, get your facts straight. Coakley only has around a 2pt lead over Brown, not double digits. Please stop campaigning for Coakley. Thanks.
Classic Republic projection.
The party that drinks from the corporate teet, criticizing Coakley.
How can you tell if a Republic is lying . . .
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!
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....
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.