January 19th, 2010
09:38 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele: 'Democrats everywhere are officially on notice'

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement Tuesday night:

“Tonight, Scott Brown made history by exceeding all expectations and defeating Martha Coakley in the heart of the Democrat Party’s political stronghold. I extend my sincere congratulations to Scott, the Brown family, and his team on their tremendous come from behind victory to become the first Republican U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in more than 30 years. His message of lower-taxes, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility clearly resonated with independent-minded voters in Massachusetts who were looking for a solution to decades of failed Democrat leadership. There is no doubt in my mind that Scott will provide the representation and leadership they have asked for and deserve.

“Now that the people of Massachusetts have made their choice clear, the Senate must move quickly to seat Senator-Elect Brown so that the people have their chosen representative in the Senate as soon as possible. Over the past year, independent voters in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts have made their voices heard by sending a clear message that they’ve had enough of the binge spending and government-growing agenda coming from Washington – Democrats everywhere are officially on notice.”

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Dave C - NJ

    The largest expansion of govt EVER was under W.

    If you want to talk about "failed leadership" look at your own party before slinging mud.

    January 20, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Phillip Bias

    Brown was a great victory for the right. but you know what would be an even bigger victory........Steele RESIGN

    January 20, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  3. jane

    It is absolutely amazing to me that after 8 years of one of the most, if not the most, failed administration in our history, the Republicans could possibly be making a comeback so soon. If only they were as good at governing as they are at winning elections.

    January 20, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  4. Unemployed Dem

    Dear Mr. Steele,

    Incumbents everywhere are officially on notice:

    Its time for new ideas and new blood.

    Its time to have politicians that represent the interests of the people they serve not politicians that serve their own interests for 20, 30, 40 or 50 years as a career politician.

    January 20, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  5. Dan

    "Decades" of failed Democratic leadership? Come on, the country has been run by and large by Republicans for the past fifty years. Clinton was the last Democrat before Obama, and left a surplus, whereas Reagan and both Bushes left behind legacies for getting involved in bad international military operations, harmful de-regulation, and mismanagement. Say what you want about the current administration (as if conservatives have held their tongues over the past year?) but you can't continuously rewrite history to only blame Democrats.

    January 20, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  6. Nea

    Voters beware! if we donot get any healthcare passed its your fault so dont complain when you or your child gets sick and have to go see a doctor and you have to wait in an emergency room because you dont have health insurance, Or if you loses your job and your insurance gets drop because you cant afford it. Because the Republicans dont want health care passed and they dont want the Democrats to pass it either its not about you the people its about them so they can sit pretty while they have health care and still get paid off our tax dollars as for me im not voting for anyone that cant help me.

    January 20, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. lifelong democrat

    I'm ready now ready to cross the line and vote a candidate that will serve me instead of serving their own party. I'm thinking now of unregistering myself and become independent voter.

    January 20, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  8. Mike in MN

    Obama and the Democrats have been officially on notice since the Tea Parties last April. They did not listen. Then the summer town halls. They did not listen. Millions of calls and emails all last year from voters to not pass a number of bills. The did not listen. Polls showing a majority of voters supported almost nothing they were doing. They did not listen. The Republicans wins in New Jersey and Virginia last November. They did not listen. Now the special election in Mass. I don't believe they will still listen. Not Obama and Pelosi and Reid. Obama says a Brown win means they will have to get tougher. Doesn't sound like he is listening to me. Maybe enough Blue Dogs will listen. And Republican fillibusters can not be ignored. They will be cheered on by a majority of American voters. The pink slips to Obama, and Pelosi and Reid and the Democrats will be handed out by voters in 2010 and 2012.

    January 20, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  9. Ken, Centreville, VA

    Well, Mr. Steele, I hope Republicans everywhere are also put on notice when it comes to "binge spending and government-growing". The GOP's message of lower taxes and smaller government has been sheer hogwash since Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980.

    Your party is selective when it comes to complaining about spending. Spending is only bad if its proposed by Democrats. *Your* party is the one that has just spent 1 Trillion dollars, borrowed, on the occupation of Iraq. And Republicans have demonstrated time and again their own appetite for PORK.

    So, let's make sure Republicans everywhere are put on notice that everytime you choose to blather about lowering taxes and shrinking government, YOUR SPENDING RECORD is going to be thrown in your face.

    January 20, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
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