January 19th, 2010
09:57 PM ET
4 years ago

DSCC Chief: 'I have no interest in sugar coating what happened'

DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez said Tuesday night that he had 'no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts.'
DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez said Tuesday night that he had 'no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts.'

Washington (CNN) – How big of a message did Scott Brown send Tuesday by defeating a Democrat in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat?

Bob Menendez, the New Jersey senator overseeing the campaign efforts of Senate Democrats, isn't even attempting to spin the big loss.

"I have no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts," Menendez said in a statement shortly after the race was called for Brown. "There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient. The truth is Democrats understand the economic anger voters feel, that's in large part why we did well in 2006 and 2008."

Menendez, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Democrats "need to redouble our efforts on the economy, the need to show that our commitment to real change is as powerful as it was in 2008, and the reality that we cannot take a single thing for granted and cannot afford even a second of complacency."

"We must be aggressive in defining our opponents and framing the choice voters face," he said. "We cannot be timid about staking out our ground and we must be strong in reminding voters the cost of what the Republicans did on their watch and that they remain on the side of Wall Street, and the special interests.

Menendez, however, did warn against "taking a single unique election and extrapolating what it means for the midterms ten months away."

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, disagreed. He claimed the results mean that "Democrats nationwide should be on notice: Americans are ready to hold the party in power accountable for their irresponsible spending and out-of-touch agenda, and they're ready for real change in Washington."


Filed under: Bob Menendez • DSCC • Massachusetts
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ICARE

    You HIT it on the NAIL. Donkeys, if you cant see the light, we will all be lost. You need to think about the future and the economy and stop worrying about the ELEPHANTS.

    January 19, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. howie

    Menendez simply doesn't get it. It is spending and health care you idiot

    January 19, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. Change in American

    Sad news for Mass and Kennedy
    Coakley was a awful candidate.

    I will never visit Mass again.

    We need Health Care Reform now

    January 19, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. ICARE

    ELEPHANTS = peanut-lovers = in love with corporate welfare = nothing for U = you have seen it in the past 8 years = why do U want to go back? = Be patient and stick with the donkeys = if the donkeys make you mad YELL at them to do better BUT dont vote them out of office UNLESS they need to be forced to jump the cliff

    January 19, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  5. RB

    The era of out of control spending and the radical Obama administration ended a few minutes ago. Every democrat out their should take note of whats coming. Bye Bye Blue Dogs. You gotta love this great country.........

    January 19, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. sue

    not a landslide for BROWN My Gop was spenders also . we need to throw out all incumbants of the last 8 years. Don't care if GOP. or DEM.
    They are all to blame.for the spending. Both parties can blame eachother for this mess, but both need to look in the mirror.

    LETS KICK THEM ALL OUT

    January 19, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Brian

    You're right Cornyn, real change is what we wanted, in 2008. We got it. Now we don't want change because Republicans will just turn immediately back to the Bush years. No thanks.

    January 19, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. File Under "Sarcasm"

    Here we go again with the liberal left spin, "No, the message is not about us Democrats, it's about those evil Republicans. We just to push ahead harder."

    Maybe when all of you get voted out of office, you'll understand "It's the Democrats liberal, big government agenda, stupid!"

    January 19, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Joe McGrath

    Sounds like Mr. Menendez needs to do a root cause analysis on why the US stock market virus overtook the global stock markets. In case he needs a clue, look back to the Carter administration, at a minimum. Does anyone seriously believe any following president would vote down a toxic law given the racial and "class" implications for a politician? If you don't have a clue on what I'm talking about, do some research as a responsible citizen should. Why shoud a person with half my income get a home with a cost that doubles mine (and what I can afford)?

    January 19, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Just Me

    The Democrats are far from perfect, but if John Cornyn wants to talk about being out of touch, I'll tell him just how out of touch he is. Oh my goodness. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    January 19, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Bildo

    People aren't too concerned with party right now. We're on the lookout for our worst spenders.
    The people we put in office better understand that they work for us, not the other way around.

    January 19, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. samikep

    Wow!!! These guys are so blind....

    January 19, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    What the Dems need to do is STOP WASTING TAXPAYER'S MONEY!

    Stop trying to treat Americans as if we're all imbeciles incapable of running our own lives without armies of government bureaucrats telling us what we can't, or what we must, do.

    Stop trying to punish people for working hard and doing well; stop rewarding indolence, improvidence, and irresponsibility.

    January 19, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Robin

    I live in NJ and I have a message for Bob Menendez...

    YOUR NEXT!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Menendez says it's a "single unique election". Was he not paying attention to what happened in New Jersey and Virginia? Apparently the Democrats are tone deaf. They think this isn't a message from the American people. If they try to pass this bill before swearing in the new Senator, the mid-term elections will be a blood bath. Maybe they'll get the message then.

    January 19, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. garry

    What happened was...we got rid of the Republicans because we were sick of Bush and his high deficits and we got Obama and even higher deficits! We wanted moderate healthcare reform (eliminate pre-existing exclusions, malpractice reforme) but we got an extreme bill in the House and the Senate that 60% of Americans hate.

    January 19, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. liberal wingnut

    You know the media is going to spin this and the left wing radicals will still try to jam their bill through.

    January 19, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. Ms S Callahan

    Being a Republican and probably getting the err of some I have to say...I still think we DO need Health Care but not the present package...it has to be scrapped and put together righteously. (don't misuse the meaning). What irk people was the huge expense, the 'speical interest' interests catered too, the manipulation of tax dollars as levearge for a vote...all that was just too much to swallow (and that is only listing some of the junk).

    Start over..get it rigth with everyone involved this time...keep out the lobbyists...keep in the people.

    January 19, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. margaret

    I am v ery upset. It is the shame of America . that the richest country in the world can not pass a health care bill. What gives the right of people with very good access to health to say that others do not have the right.

    January 19, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. axlsm

    Dems...we are coming!

    January 19, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  21. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    This is the wake up call that has been a long time coming. Too many Dems have not listened to the people and have been promoting this very bloated ObamaCare bill !

    Now maybe every lawmaker will really listen to what the people's voice is saying!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. liberal wingnut

    Didn't CNN declare the GOP dead last November? Wishful thinking CNN...

    January 19, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Bob

    They still don't get it. The democrats still think that everyone is upset about the "Bush economy". Man up dude – it's your economy and your drunken orgy of spending, and we have had enough. November is coming – democrat senators and representatives should start packing.

    January 19, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Charikar

    Could it be the indignant and indecent conduct of the majority? They are not listening to constituents, they have cut deals that require a majority of Americans to pick up the tab for special interests for friends. Now may be a good time to go back and undo those deals. Nopw may be a good time to reach across the isle and listen to some other ideas. Listen to the sense tort reform makes, listen to the sense that the target is 15% of uninsured Americans and we can get them insurance at less than $900 Billion and without completely gutting what 85% have come to enjoy. If the current bill is too costly for the Citizens of Lousiana, Nebraska and the 12.4% of the US workforce that are union members then it should be viewed as too costly for the rest of US!

    January 19, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. Thank you Massachusetts!

    Menendez STILL doesn't get it. We DON'T want Obamacare, we don't want Socialism, we don't want big government telling us we will be REQUIRED to buy health insurance or anything else. We don't want our liberty eroded. WE DO WANT TO TAKE THE COUNTRY BACK. Republicans are getting the message and will move toward more conservatism.

    January 19, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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