January 19th, 2010
09:57 PM ET
5 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."


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Bashill

    John Cornyn is right. We need another Bush in the house so that we can declare war on another county. We are not done invading and searching for non existing nuclear devices yet.

    January 20, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  2. Phillip Bias

    hE STILL DONT GET IT
    Its not that the dems didnt bring change ( AND A LOT OF IT ) it was the wrong kind of change, to quick and for all the wrong reasons. may the dems should follow obamas lead and find some foriegner to apoligize to.

    January 20, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  3. cy

    Since the 2008 election the Democrats have been up a 'knight,' perhaps also a 'rook' and several pawns, however, they recently have made a few sloppy moves and just from somewhere a Republican 'knight' went 'queen check' and the Dems had to trade a Queen for a Knight. Or maybe just lose the Queen outright. The 'Queen' was their 60 majority in the Senate. Democrats still have more 'pieces' however positioning is not looking all too good. In fact, I think they might want to hurry up and 'Castle.'

    January 20, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  4. Unemployed Dem

    Do you suppose he felt the earthquake that jut hit D.C.? It started in Massachusets.

    Maybe some of the Dems will wake up and start trying to find jobs for the 27 million Americans that are currently out of work.

    No, I doubt it. They will just continue lining their pockects with our taxpayer dollars.

    Time for new blood and new ideas. Vote no on any incumbent.

    January 20, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. John

    By all means, vote Republicans back into power since we all know how it turned out the last time they were in charge. This country gets what it deserves if it does which is fine by me, because If you're gonna be stupid, you had better be tough.

    January 20, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  6. Mike in MN

    No you do not understand the economic anger of the voters. You have spent trillions of dollars in the name of fixing the economy and creating jobs. The jobs that were supposed to be crearted to keep unemployment below 8% have not been created and unemployment is at 10%. Then you tell the people that the stimulus has worked beyond all expectations. Unbelievable. Pass this 800 billion dollar stimulus bill now and millions of jobs will be created before your eyes, you told us. Do it now before it is too late. Don't ask what is in the bill, don't read the bill, pass it now. TARP, auto bailouts, cash for clunkers, record spending bills and budgets. Trillions of borrowed dollars and debt and a year latter still no jobs. NO YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND OUR ANGER.

    January 20, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  7. Ken, Centreville, VA

    What happened in Massachusettes was about 2.2 Million people, out of a population of 6.5 million showed up for a special election. Hardly, an overwhelming majority.

    If the voters in MA are angry about the economy, their vote seems to demonstrate 1) they don't seem to understand very well what they are angry about 2) they don't have a very good idea of what they want done.

    If Scott Brown is going to congress to push an agenda of smaller government and lower taxes, he's going to run in to a very large adversary, namely his own party, the GOP.

    January 20, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
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