January 18th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
8 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. Iowan

    That's desperation straight up! Best of luck tomorrow Mr. Brown. The majority of people across the nation are pulling for you!

    January 18, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. T Oakhill

    Can you believe CNN's lack of reporting on what's happening in Massachusetts? The GOP has a shot at owning a decades old Democratic/Kennedy owned seat and the people of the state are looking to change. Wow. CNN where are you?

    January 18, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. indy

    Every event is political, especially if you find yourself losing. I hope she loses.

    January 18, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Justin

    Any event attended by politicians is political, he is either a fool for not recognizing that or grandstanding to make her look bad.

    January 18, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Cooper

    Brown is a true Republican from a bygone era: well educated, has served his country as a soldier. He respects State rights (would allow states to choose their own position on marriage, not a national directive from the federal government). He respects privacy rights.

    The Massachusetts constituency has a lot to consider in this election. We can always assume that the Democratic candidate fits closely with the general vibe in their state, but this is a Republican candidate they can consider strongly and be proud of as well.

    As an independent leaning right, I'm simply delighted to see the return of a Republican candidate who doesn't split the electorate on emotional issues. Palin can no longer carry her party further in that direction with this strong showing by Brown.

    January 18, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Robin

    Martin Luther King's work is not done. Dr. King was a pastor first and formost. He drew his strength from Jesus Christ and stated that in all of his speeches.

    We need healthcare insurance available and affordable to EVERY AMERICAN! But not this bill. This bill will not get the job done, will put us into debt, raise taxes, and cost us jobs we can't afford.

    KILL THIS BILL! Go back to the drawing board and re do it!

    January 18, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Albert K. L.A., CA

    This may show that Brown has no clue what Dr. Martin Luther King , Jr.,was about. The best way to honor him is to make a statement that you are running for office because his work work remains unfinished, On the other hand, maybe Brown does know that but is "disappointed" that she said it because he cannot.

    January 18, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Nathaniel C.

    And rightly so. King's legacy is shared by all Americans, a fact that Brown demonstrated by attending the event but not politicizing it. Coakley, however, showing that arrogance for which Massachusetts Democrats are well known, flatly assumes that only a Democrat can uphold King's legacy. She assumes that she and her fellow Democrats "own" the votes of all who support Civil Rights - regardless of the fact that she has been far more beholden to the fat-cat lobbyists of Washington than has Brown (just witness her recent D.C. fundraiser).

    Send Brown to the Senate, and show the nation that Democratic arrogance will not continue to rule the day!

    January 18, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. catmomtx

    Oh for goodness sakes. It seems as if this Scott Brown has very thin skin. He criticizes Coakley for making political remarks but then he gets attention for criticizing her political remarks. Get over yourself why don't you. It seems all he can do is whine about something she has done.

    January 18, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Bob

    As an independent and one who has great respect for the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., I was offended by the favorable treatment of Martha Coakley at this year's breakfast. Dr. King stood for inclusion. Why then did the organizers of the Boston breakfast Seat Attorney General Coakley at the head table and allow her to give what amounted to a campaign speech, and not treat Sen. Brown equally? It is poorly advised decisions like this that are beginning to turn me off to the Democratic Party in this state.

    January 18, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Steve

    Are there any rules when the Dems fear they will lose a seat that they consider theirs by right? I can't wait to read the postmortem on this election!

    January 18, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. dittohead

    She is an idiot.

    January 18, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and the Republicans would NEVER politicize would they? Coakley is right: King's work is not finished, and a Republican sure in hell isn't going to do it.


    January 18, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Matt

    Democrats will exploit minorities at their whim at every election, this should be no surprise to anyone.

    It's what they do. It seems to be all they do.

    I would be ashamed, as a minority to vote for any Democrat.

    January 18, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Former Republican

    Coakley simply spoke the truth. Dr. King's work needs to progress as our nation continues to move forward with positive leadership.

    And wouldn't Brown's criticisms hypocritically be considered his own political comments??

    Vote Martha Coakley for US Senate!

    January 18, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. John

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

    Oh, those delicate Republicans. They's such victims.

    January 18, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. R in Maine

    Brown does not think political comments should be part of an MLK event. It is just part of his disrespect for all African Americans. He thinks they should still be slaves.

    January 18, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. gary davis harbor oregon

    brown is down COAKLEY IS UP
    anyone voting for a republican purist . should move to an all republican state. Coakley will do a wonderful job continuing TED KENNEDY'S WORK

    January 18, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Slider

    Sad and pathetic, Coakley.

    Dems have nothing, and their policies and rhetoric is unbelievable.

    January 18, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. bts

    Will Republicans ever stop complaining?

    January 18, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. Grundoon

    Of course. He'd fine something, anything to say he's disappointed about.

    January 18, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. mario ca.

    Why Mass will vote for the party of NO, can't believe it.

    January 18, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Doug

    President Obama made the same pitch yesterday at an event in Washington. He pitched politics today instead of what Dr .King said and did in his own times. As a democrat, I attended a totally different prayer breakfast where we discussed Dr. King.

    January 18, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Jim Chapman

    This special election in Massachusetts just brings two words to mind: Election Reform. Between the two camps, in the past week I've received no less 25 phone calls. The calls, both recorded and live, where from everyone from the President on down to Scott Brown's daughter. I can deal with a call or two from the candidates but what they're doing is downright disrespectful.

    Also a law needs to be put in place to eliminate attack ads. Candidates should be limited to talk about what their record is and what they plan to do. Again, very disrespectful to the voters to sling mud at each other.

    Thanks for listening CNN.

    Jim Chapman

    January 18, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. George

    That is expected from a repub, he does not believe in what MLK stood for. He had nothing good to say about the event, rather, moved the bar so low and decided to be a critic of the good someone had to say about the event. No surprised at all.

    January 18, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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