January 18th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
5 years ago

Brown criticizes Coakley for remarks at MLK event

(CNN) – Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown criticized Democratic rival Martha Coakley Monday after she made political comments at a Martin Luther King Day breakfast the two candidates attended.

During her remarks, Coakley said she is running for the Senate because Dr. King's work remains unfinished, and then asked for the audience's votes in the special election Tuesday.

As brown was leaving the event, he said told reporters he was "disappointed" Coakley made political comments at an event billed as nonpolitical.


Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. hongli

    Who cares what Brown thinks? It's time for more women to come forward and lead and not destroy like Sarah Palin Go Martha Go!

    January 18, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Even those of you WITH insurance will see your premiums increase 80-100% in the next 5 years without this health care bill.

    Also, pre-existing conditions will keep you from getting coverage when you change jobs.

    January 18, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    We should all remember on this day that Martin Luther King was a REPUBLICAN. He would not be happy with the democrats current philosophies of entitlement and victimhood for African Americans, all with the purpose of maintaining their voting block. African Americans need to discard the enttlement and victim mentalities to move further ahead.

    January 18, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. chris tx

    Well Brown won't make efforts to continue Dr. King's efforts so I can understand his frustration.

    January 18, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. The Right Worships at the Altar of Ignorance

    Oh whatever, Brown!

    People of MA: If you let this man win this election you will be electing yet another Republican to the Senate who will oppose every single piece of legislation that will help us get out of the mire the country is in as a direct result of Republicans being in control. Is that what you want??? I realize that Coakley ran a TERRIBLE campaign. That being said, Brown would be TERRIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY! Get out tomorrow and, if you must, hold your nose but VOTE FOR COAKLEY!

    January 18, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Dutch the Great

    I wonder does Brown want any cheese with his WHINE.

    January 18, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Dar

    How low can she get, this was about MLK not her, I guess she forgot where she was. What a twit, I wounder what she can see from her front door? (sound familiar)
    2010/2012 Change is coming

    January 18, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Paul in Arizona

    Hey, she's desperate.

    January 18, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Roni

    Just another sign of desperation on Coakley's part. Thanks for representing "We The People", Scott. We're behind you!

    January 18, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Karen Kroczek

    Mr. Brown thinks a Martin Luther King breakfast is going to be nonpolitical? Rubbish. The principles King espoused are political and to comment on his work in any sense is to express political philosophy.

    January 18, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. lila

    I'm disappointed that Brown would try to claim high ground when he turns around and tries to score political points off the same event by putting down Coakley.
    Coakley did not put down Brown at the event. She simply told people a little about herself and reminded people to vote. Brown is the one that went below bar in his condescension.

    January 18, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Tom in FL

    How shocking! A politician acting political. A Republican would ever do that!

    January 18, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I thnk that she was making a point that Dr. King really want everyone to have a more equal chance. This health care reform bill could give more people to have the oppertunity to have health care insurance and better chance of having health care that doesn't drive them bankrupt. That is a major reason why people wait until the last minute to get things checked out at places like the ER where it is most expensive.

    January 18, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. fairj

    Who was this event honoring MLK Jr. or Martha Coakley? Apparently event organizers went for Coakley. It is a shame!!!

    January 18, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. John independent from NY

    I sincerely hope that Mass can return some balance to the legislative branch by electing BROWN.

    The country needs balance , 3 wings in the same party is NO GOOD. especially these 2 parties.

    January 18, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Jeff

    Sounds to me like the lady is desperate!!!!!

    January 18, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Jeff

    I might have my history wrong but I recall MLK's message being about equality without regard to race, creed or religion not your health plan??? Also note how the "Senior Producer" did not capitalize "brown". An honest mistake by bohn I'm sure. Great reporting CNN. LOL

    January 18, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Danny J

    Yeah that is sleazy and opportunistic.

    January 18, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. southerncousin

    Mr. Brown, don't be disappointed. She is a card carrying member of the National Democratic Socialist Party (Nutsi). They politicize everything. I am surprised she didn't blame something on Bush during her statement (one symptom of their mental disorder is Bush Derangement Syntdrome).

    January 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Ronald E Miller

    Martha Coakley could have said thar MLK was a great man and Brown would have criticized that.

    January 18, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. katiec

    As usual, all the republicans can do is complain and point fingers.
    Heaven forbid they would have any acceptable, workable, responsible ideas.

    January 18, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. That's Democrat Leaders!

    No decency, no respect - instead, bribery, lies, and corruption!

    January 18, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Martha Coakley would sell her soul to the devil to keep a government retirement going. Maybe she should concentrate on spelling Massachusetts or knowing who Curt Schilling is before she is so pompous.

    January 18, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Ben

    Typical Liberal hack. Coakley isn't fit for the position.

    January 18, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Debra

    What would you really expect from Coakley?

    Did you expect her to not break the rules.

    January 18, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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