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. John

    The disgusting thing is when either party takes credit for something instead of giving credit to Americans for voting or acting in a certain way. They think everything is their work and you are just some mindless moron waiting for them to tell you what to do. Neither party has a high opinion of you. You are just pawns to them.

    January 19, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. lifelong democrat

    Scott Brown received biggest donation from ordinary Americans all over the US. He also has many volunteers, a lot of young people volunteer for Scott Brown. In his phone bank alone, people are lining up to help making phone calls in MA.

    This election in MA don't have D and R anymore, it's about country, survival of a nation. Independent voters in MA which is the majority of registered voters (51%) are fired up, they're very angry; they're voting for Scott Brown, 17% of registered Democrats are voting for Scott Brown.

    Massachussetts, for their own good better certify Brown right away if he's the declared winner or else the people of MA will have a riot.

    January 19, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Chris - MN

    Isn't this the kind of thing that people rail against when Obama and the DEMs do it?

    January 19, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. bill nuttall

    Your all on this blog who'[s picture is on it when you sign on? Brown , How much is this ad costing? he is all over cnn. on every blog. where is common sence? sINCE WHEN DO YOU PUT ADS ON A TERRIBLE TRAGITY AS HAITI? Poor taste, and a shame that cnn would even put that ad on the Haiti tragety?

    January 19, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. J.T.

    Is it me or is there anybody else in this country that is getting real irritated with Steele. This is a very irrelevant person.

    January 19, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Ccaspence

    Working behind the scenes is nothing new for the republican party. Most of their dirty work is done in the dark. If the republican candidate wins the Massachusetts race, democrats can say the win is a perfect example of political propaganda at work. After all the republicans ran up the US debt and had control in DC for 8 years. The Obama administration is not the reason our country is in the mess we're in. However, America has a short attention span and all the republican led propaganda has made us forget all the woes left from the last administration. Therefore, we rely on CNN and other news media to give us truthful facts, "just the facts." All the other stuff just muddies the water.

    January 19, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. big papa

    That Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, Mitch McConnel and ANY Republican, Democrat, or "Independent- (laugh)" conservative confederate...

    ...still has a platform upon which to spew their lies, misinformation, and racist ideology...

    ...is a testament to the profound STUPIDITY of today's American electorate...

    January 19, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. Chris - MN

    I wonder if Newt is on the phone with Cosmo now. How's that for a mental picture?

    January 19, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. bill nuttall

    Who put us in this mess anyway? Who started the war in Iraq, not the President He voted agains it. Also he voted for a womans right, i think a lot of woman are voting for him because he is a good looking Man.He says he has a plan to get us out of this mess Pres Bush put us in remember the republcans had the majority and what did we get. a big fat windfall for the rich.

    January 19, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. Justamom

    Actually Actually I am glad to know that the Republicans finally woke up to the fact that this race was important - not to the political parties but to the nation and ACTUAL healthcare reform. Does anyone think that the Democrats didn't know the importance of this election? The Democrats just thought that Massachusetts voters would blindly follow them and overestimated the political savvy of their candidate.

    No matter how this race turns out, at least both political parties have been issued a wake-up call. My hubby and I both quit our respective political parties and we, like many, are looking for true CHANGE.
    It is a testament to the type of people who attended Tea Parties that they seem to be decent persons or there would be riots instead of mild mannered concerned citizens who are tired of the status quo and the media.

    January 19, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. D

    Coakley is a horible canidate, she killed her own chances. She doesn't know who Kurt Schilling is and she represents Boston. I mean come on, that's pretty bad. Keep talking Steele, you're as stupid as Coakley is.

    January 19, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Ed

    Victory for THE PEOPLE!!! You dems need to learn one thing...WE PUT YOU THERE AND WE CAN TAKE YOU OUT!! NO OBAMA CARE!!!

    January 19, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. m smith

    If this had of been the democrats they would have been screeming about them being behind closed doors and secretive. They would have been yelling transparency

    January 19, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. ICARE

    If BROWN wins, then, it's a win for PHarmaCorp A La Lobbyist :)

    January 19, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. gary davis harbor oregon

    wonder how many people of voting age and are democrats . had the purist party threaten them to not vote for COAKLEY? probably alot . the purist party has a chance to upset the apple cort and make it very hard for our nation to achieve a helth care equal treatment . and take away the over charging of the CEO'S of insurance giants .. Brown is just a pupet for the whities of the purist party of NO republicans .. :(

    January 19, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Scottyrw

    Steele ....... You Lie!

    January 19, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. Not Amused

    Well, anyone heading to the polls thinking of voting for Brown has just been hit with "Buyers Remorse" BEFORE pulling the lever!! Self-destruction at it's finest! Thanks for helping Coakley and Healthcare Reform!!

    January 19, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Video guy - not close

    What folks forget is that Massachusetts already has universal health care with 98% of MA residents covered, so the Obamacare would only hurt us AND COST US MORE IN TAXES. This is where Coakley got off track, and why Kerry is also wrong. Massachusetts is more concerned with jobs than health care. We do not need and do not want the Obama version of health care. Why would any Massachusetts taxpayer want to pay for the medicare of Montana and Nevada (in this bill to buy the votes of Nelson and Reid)? And why would Massachusetts want to tax small business owners because on this trillion dollar white elephant? The answer is – WE DO NOT WANT IT. WE WANT JOBS JOBS JOBS

    January 19, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Thanh

    I'm on both Dem and Rep email lists and they've definitely reached out. I'm in CA and McCain spammed an email asking for help making calls out to MA. Haven't seen anything from the Dem side.

    January 19, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Bill Nutall

    Every state congressman from Massachusetts is a Democrat, including many powerful ones. And what did these guys do for us - NOTHING

    Obama and the dems like to blame verything on Bush and Cheney. People forget that for the past two years of Bush, the Democrats controlled Congress.... and the Dems controlled COngress for 34 of the past 40 years. Bush had to deal with 9-11 and a world wide economic disaster as a result. And becasue of this, the defitis went up. BUT Obama has increased the deficit in one short year by more than all previous presidents COMBINED> It ain's close folks - the problems this country faces now is largely the fault of democrats in congress and Obama's inexperience and inability to control Pelosi and reid

    January 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. I am out of here

    We don't have a Democracy anymore, we have a Republican Minority
    Dictatorship. Good luck with that.

    January 19, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Shelly

    I can't wait to vote for a Republican again. Lower taxes on my $500K; raise taxes on the lazy middle class; add a couple of wars and cook the books so the dumb people won't know the cost ; love to see the faces of our allies as Palin/Limbaugh shut doors on their faces; hospitals and shelters will be filled with the same lazy middle class; we will be last in math and science....who needs this when God is there; bring back Cheney and let us see him water board on Fox.
    Bring out the popcorn.

    January 19, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Mandemus

    Tomorrow's headline is going to be, "Democrats lose Kennedy seat: Obama blames Bush!"

    The palatable desperation Obama showed at the rally last weekend would have been comical if it were not so sad. Nothing's my fault, everything bad is my predecessor! I know the democrat's aren't usually the brightest bulbs in the fixture, but don't they realize that they have been in control of congress for the last four years straight?

    Maybe someone should let them know.

    January 19, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  24. tmart

    There are few people in politics that are as sleezy as this guy. He will certainly take credit for anything "good" and never accept blame for any of his failures and stupidities.

    January 19, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. San Francisco Values

    If the Dems loose this,,, they fumbled at the goal line...

    January 19, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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