January 19th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
4 years ago

Steele: RNC worked behind-the-scenes in Massachusetts

Michael Steele is talking up the RNC's efforts in Massachusetts.
Michael Steele is talking up the RNC's efforts in Massachusetts.

Washington (CNN) – The polls haven't closed yet in Massachusetts, but the Republican National Committee distributed a memo to committee members and reporters Tuesday boasting about their under-the-radar efforts to help Scott Brown defeat Martha Coakley in the Senate race.

The memo, written by RNC chairman Michael Steele, asserts that the national party "has been working very diligently behind the scenes" in Massachusetts along with the state Republican Party and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Steele said that because Democrats wanted "to make an issue of 'national Republicans" interfering in this race ... we have stayed out of the limelight while supporting the Brown campaign and the Massachusetts Republican Party."

But Steele said the RNC has been on the ground for more than two months, having dispatched staffers to Massachusetts immediately after big GOP wins in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections last November, in addition to sending an additional 32 staffers to the Bay State along with busing in 160 volunteers as Election Day approached.

An RNC official would not say how much money the party spent on the race. (UPDATE: Alex Castellanos, a consultant to the RNC, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the national party sent roughly $500,000 into Massachusetts, in line with what the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent on the race.)

Steele said that with the help of "innovative" voter identification technology and get-out-the-vote programs implemented by the RNC, almost two million voters were contacted before Tuesday's vote.

Despite the cheerleading, the memo acknowledged that a Brown victory is not yet a certainty.

"Win or lose, Scott Brown has run an excellent campaign, a campaign focused on the great issues of our time, and a campaign that we can all be proud of," Steele wrote.

Story updated at 5:45 p.m. EST with RNC money figure.


Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Michael Steele • RNC • Scott Brown
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. valwayne

    Let's hope it pays off!

    January 19, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. greenfish

    So if the Republicans win, it makes total sense to distribute your game plan publicly.

    January 19, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Eunice of Memphis

    He is a liar!

    January 19, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. No More Incumbents

    So much for behind the scenes. What a putz, to publicize this before the election finishes. Talk about self-importance.

    January 19, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. KyleIM

    Perhaps it would be more prudent of the Chairman to keep his mouth closed until the election is over. Telling people who are voting for Brown because they see him as "anti-establishment" that the RNC actually snuck into MA in the dead of the night to secretly back Brown for months doesn't quite seem like the best message to convey while voters are still making their way to the polls. I mean, granted, at this point it wouldn't make much of a difference; but as the Chairman, these intelligent thoughts SHOULD come to his mind.

    January 19, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. clint

    The GOP's technology will have to be pretty innovative in order to fool people into thinking that Brown, like the GOP, is merely a tool of the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. It may work though, American voters are long on opinion and short on knowledge (as exemplified by the teabaggers) and have the attention span of a gnat.

    January 19, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Yes. cons operating "under the radar" is the reason we are in the economic mess we are currenlty in.

    Two wars and tax breaks to the rich are a very poor foundation for "trickle down" economics.

    Only fools think we got into this mess in the last year.

    January 19, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Lets hope the RNC's extra efforts have helped Brown enough to win this election. This would be the kind of success I'm inspired to donate for. Imagine getting the Federal government back working for the American people...the ones besides the unions and Wall Street financiers and bankers!

    January 19, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Jason

    What democrat would criticize national republicans for campaiging when Obama himself was here last weekend begging for votes?

    January 19, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. gg

    I remember George Bush was a regular guy too!!...so what next for Brown..I meant what's his agenda? invade Russia, China or Africa? beside NO to everything and DO nothing to everything.

    January 19, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Shmeckell

    I can’t wait till Steele is replaced. He does the dumbest things and I can’t believe republicans would have him as their voice. Why would you say this before the poles close, why would you say it at all. He was put into this position based on his skin color not his qualifications. I guess that is politics though.

    January 19, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Gary

    All I've heard is if Browns wins it will be great for the Republicans. What about Americans?? Don't we count. This guy Brown has made it clear he is party first. Typical Republican.

    January 19, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Angi's mom

    Watergate was behind the scenes too.

    January 19, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. C Spurgeon

    He is a pig, Sterele the large mouth bass.

    January 19, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. John

    Steele sounds like the villian in typical superhero movies detailing his "evil plan" to the hopelessly ensnared superhero...how does this usually end???

    January 19, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. bob

    under the radar or under the table?

    January 19, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. richard

    this is what the republican party is good at working behind the scenes........

    January 19, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. IVOTE

    The Tea Party bus was all over the news and not one person was fooled into thinking the GOP was not involved in this campaign. Steele shoud e very quiet.

    January 19, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Hammerer

    Steele should not get to cocky.
    If he will check the voters are none to happy with him and the Repubs.
    In fact they don't like anything about the way Washington works!

    January 19, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. state government

    This strategy sounds like the same thing that the DNC, ACORN and SEIU did for Obama.

    January 19, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Jeff in Virginia

    There couldn't have been any better proof of Coakley's claims about national Republican influence in this race than what Mr. Steele just provided.

    Unbelievable.

    January 19, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Rani McBride

    You BETCHYA! They have pulled out all the stops and then some. Can you smell slime! I can smell it really well!

    January 19, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. ICARE

    Yes, you do nothing for the people of America, but you do a great job at distorting the truth..

    Dumbocrat... too dumb to listen UNLESS you YELL
    Republi CON... too smart to listen

    January 19, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Ross

    he can read "My Pet Goat" while America burns.

    January 19, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. ICARE

    It' s okay if BROWN wins. Pretty soon, people will know all he likes is peanuts and nothing else and will give you nothing in return, but everything for the drug company.

    Brown = $300 a pill = nothing for u = U better start breathing down his neck to lower the cost of healthcare = will he even legislate to lower the cost of healthcare = if not, U GOT THE WRONG MAN..

    January 19, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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