January 19th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
5 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. ICARE

    To Sniffit

    It's a test of leadership. If you can play it well, you'll more than likely going to be able to succeed. When you play it well, you'll be able to face MENACES like Kim Jong Il, Putin and Osama... YOU"ll find a way out.

    January 19, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Former Republican

    Proof already. Brown IS a liar and connected to the very Washington "establishment" he claimed he was not..."shocking"

    So-called "regular guy" is a farce, but many Americans could already see through the Brown's hypocritical nonsense.

    Let's hope the good voters of MA also saw through Brown's facade.

    January 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Bed time for Raygun

    Looks like Rove has been teaching Steele a few tricks of the trade.Now lets jerrymander some districts,smear more people and get lying through your teeth down to a science and Rove will give you a job shining his shoes

    January 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. nick

    The real meaning: we're stealing this election like we did the presidential one in 2000 & 2004! GOPers lie!

    January 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Pete East

    Obama, Clinton, et al; national Democrats doing a bunch of, albeit, last minute stumping for Coakley and the Democrats complain about "interference" by "national Republicans".

    Wow.

    The election results are for from in at this time, but if Brown even gets close it was a good effort. If he does win, good for him, but I will believe it when I see it. I very much hope that the voter turnout was high.

    January 19, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. ICARE

    To TOM

    You hit it on the nail!! We need to be make sure they serve the people, not the corporates. It's okay to serve the corporates, but not at the cost of 1 trillion dollars.

    January 19, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Deb Chivis

    Unfortunately, the Republicans are under estimating the Democrats will and might. I believe health care reform will get through and it will have a bi-partisan flavor. We tend to forget that there are Republicans who need to run for re-election too. If the republican congress totally votes against health care reform, some will definitely loose their seats as a result. It's good that the media is spicing this up. But media please be fair in the reporting. Health care reform is too important to be media-down.

    It is also unfortunate that some Mass. residents feel that because they have health care reform, they do not want to see the country undergo the process, like Sen Edward Kennedy wanted. I don't think some of the residents see the benefits to them.

    I listened to Martha Coakley and Brown. Brown is a celebrity want-a-be, and I don't think he will be office long. He sound radical and unorthodox. Coakley is quiet but a good public servant, and I feel she would make the best US senator.

    January 19, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Tracy

    So? The President is campaigning, why not the RNC?

    January 19, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Don in Albuquerque

    Has this guy really said anything other then he will happily march over the bodies of the dying who have no health ins, I own a pickumup ttuck, and will pose nude for money. I think there is a name for a woman who will do the last. I'm not validating Obama, as far as I am concerned (and I campaigned for him) he is a milque toast failure whom will probably not see a second term. But do we really want a republican war monger back in office. Remember it was under the Bush watch that the ecomony went down the tubes, and I do not believe for a second that he was a member of the Green Party. Time for the dems to find a real replacement for Obama and not just another stuffed suit. It is apparent now he never stood with with the common man. Of course neither do the republicans.

    January 19, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Bob

    Ah, so now the republicans are "stealing" the election. This accusation coming from the party that invented voter fraud and still refuses to allow any verification of identity at the polling place. Get over it you bunch of whiners. America is sick of your socialism and spending the future of our kids into oblivion.

    January 19, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Tracy

    No Nick, the GOP didn't steal the election in 2000 or 2004. Al Gore TRIED to steal the election in 2000. Hanging chads my hairy backside. Kerry lost fair and square in 2004. Go cry to mommy and give the rest of us a break.

    January 19, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. ICARE

    To Sniffit..

    This is just a quick snapshot of reality. It's actually tougher in the real world. You'll be UP against Osama Bin Laden and Ahmajedinah of Iran, their pressing you up against the blazing fire, behind your back, WHAT are your PLANS?

    Yeah, you gotta be quick and you betta have plans.... it's the way of the world. U snooze, U LOSE...

    In this case, the donkeys do deserve to lose, although, I rather wish that she wins...

    January 19, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. britello-fl

    Get ready to start all over again, oh wait that's not on the republicans menu, just lower taxes, Wars are doing great, stocks are up, that all folks !

    January 19, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I do not believe a word of it..........What I do believe (if Brown wins) this election UNDERSCORES the desire for Change. Neither Party has bragging rights on anything...folks are tired of the same ol'same ol' and are voting to see if there is sometning better out there. Problem is that the Party of "NO" stick to VERY condervative values that are not reflective of the Majaority of Mass, voters. Brown will support the Republicans NO MATTER HOW HIS VOTERS FEEL. Bad on The Mass. voters.....Sen Kennedy gave them his life in order to change their state...if Brown is elected they have turned their Backs on the man(Kennedy) when he needs them the most to pass health care for all of the USA.

    January 19, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Lynda-Illinois

    You mean they actually let Micheal "It's personal" Steele make a statement? All the Republicans are good at is attacking
    Democrats. Hello, they still don't have any plans, and still don't want to help fellow Americans who need help. Steele is a ridiculous pawn.

    January 19, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP has been a pack of sneaky thugs since the days of Nixon and nothings has changed.....

    January 19, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. ICARE

    Nobody is stealing any elections... We all know it's a SNAKE game and it only GETS worse in the international arena. If you cant play it at this level and come out of fiery FIRE, ANOINTED, you dont deserve to win.

    Obama, in my book, is one lucky man. I dont know how he got passed Hillary and the DOGS from the elephants....

    January 19, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Huh?

    So the DNC was NOT in there working "under-the-radar" for Martha?

    Give me a break!

    January 19, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. ICARE

    To Lynda

    Who needs a plan when you have a BRAIN?

    Dictionary:

    Donkeycrat or Dumbocrat: Democrats that are too dumb they will listen and may even change the country for the better

    Republi CON: Republicans that are too smart they cant hear you and they may even save you from terrorists because they're ignorant

    January 19, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Jim January 19th, 2010 5:18 pm ET

    Americans will die under republican public officals – look at the wars. Ma you are killing americans if you vote Brown.
    _____________________________________________________
    ...because Obama is doing such a good job bringing the wars to a close and bringing all of our troops home?!?!? Did you just return from a year long vacation to Mars or what, dude?

    January 19, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. bill nuttall

    I am wathing cnn and the3 vr4epublican leader is saying t5he republican party spent Only $500,000, very 15 minutes on all these stations. that has to be a big lie when they were on every station. I also think the democrats spent a lot. But no one wants to say how much they spent. CNN is behind the republicans,what sorry state we are going to be in if a republican wins mass.DO THE PEOPLE IN MASS THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL HELP Mr Brown. Mass will lose all help we had.I guess cnn is afraid to run this b log

    January 19, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Video Guy

    What would be real cool is Brown gets to the Senate, reads the bill, likes what he reads and votes "yes" I think Steel would be out of a Job.

    January 19, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. vette gal

    As far as I am concerned, the people of MA are just perpetuating the normal "politician for life" program. This guy's been a state senator and wants to make a career out of being a politician by running for US senator. If people really want change, they need to vote out every career politician and vote for newbies. People seem to forget these politicians were supposed to represent the people, not their own best personal interests. Since we can't get the senate to vote for term limits, we, the people, need to put term limits in place by only letting them serve 8 years and then vote them out. If we continue to let them serve year after year, we only get what we deserve.....nothing!

    January 19, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  24. nan coll

    Behind the scenes is the proper place to work; not in the limelight like aour Pretender to the throne, Barack Obama.

    Nan C

    January 19, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    What Scott Brown really wants is the great medical insurance that Congress members get for themselves and their families.

    He has already promised to vote "no" on health insurance for the rest of us.

    Massachusetts, if he wins, you get what you PAY FOR. His insurance but not yours!

    January 19, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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