(CNN) - Republicans in Massachusetts have a second candidate interested in the race for the seat Secretary of State John Kerry resigned earlier this month.
Gabriel Gomez announced his candidacy Tuesday with a bilingual web video introducing himself to voters.
Massachusetts voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose between Martha Coakley, the state’s Democratic attorney general, and Scott Brown, a Republican state senator, in a contest to fill the seat of the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. (Under Massachusetts law, the state’s governor appointed Paul Kirk, a longtime Kennedy ally, to the Senate to serve as an interim Kennedy successor until a permanent replacement could be elected in Tuesday’s vote.) While Coakley was once considered the favorite in the historically Democratic state, polls and political analysts in recent days have suggested the race is tightening to the point of being a toss-up or even tilting in Brown’s favor. Brown’s momentum stems in part from his pledge, if elected, to be the one additional vote Senate Republicans need to carry off a successful filibuster of Democrats’ health care reform bill.
Asked about the closely watched race Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Republican strategist Mary Matalin said a strong showing by Brown had the potential to be a game-changer for Democrats’ agenda.
It was “once said of Mike Tyson, he hits you so hard, he changes the way you taste. If we win a seat in [Massachusetts] on the signature issue of the Obama agenda, health care, this will change the way politics tastes,” Matalin told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King.
A win by Scott Brown would be “apocalyptic” for Democrats, Matalin said. Should Coakley win, the fact that “we got this close, is nothing short of cataclysmic.”
“[Obama’s] agenda is going to change,” she declared.
Washington (CNN) – As President Clinton stood alongside his successor, President Bush, at the White House Saturday to announce a new fundraising effort for Haiti, 400-plus miles to the north the 42nd president was blasting Bush’s economic policies in a new automated telephone call designed to cast doubt on Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown’s Senate campaign.
Clinton recorded the telephone call for the Democratic National Committee, which is trying to energize voters to turn out Tuesday for Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term.
Flanked by his two predecessors, President Obama announced Saturday that they will head up the “Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.”
“I'd like to thank President Bush for agreeing to do this, and for the concern he showed for Haiti,” Clinton said in brief remarks at the White House event.
In Massachusetts, on a different topic, Clinton was not so embracing of Bush.
Washington (CNN) - Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling blasted Martha Coakley Saturday after the Massachusetts Democratic Senate hopeful told a Boston radio talk show host that Schilling, a Republican, is a Yankees fan.
This is a serious charge in "Red Sox Nation": Schilling is a part of baseball lore as the pitcher who battled through pain with a bloody ankle in 2004 to defeat the Yankees in Game Six of the American League Championship Series.
"I've been called a LOT of things," Schilling wrote on his blog at 1:06 a.m. ET. "But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn't know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could…."
Schilling, who considered running for the Senate seat, is backing GOP nominee Scott Brown in Tuesday's special election to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Coakley quickly recanted her assertion after host Dan Rea challenged her on the statement in the Friday interview. A campaign spokesman told CNN that Coakley simply failed to deliver on the joke.
"Curt Schilling has been involved in a lot of strike outs over time," the spokesman said. "I guess Martha whiffed on that joke."
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Washington (CNN) – President Obama’s much anticipated campaign event Sunday for embattled Democratic Senate hopeful Martha Coakley will take place at 3 p.m. ET on the campus of Northeastern University, the White House announced late Saturday morning.
Obama’s decision to head to Boston at the 11th hour is evidence that Democratic leaders are very concerned about losing the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat to Republican Scott Brown. Coakley and Brown face off Tuesday in the Massachusetts special election.
Weekend schedules for Coakley and Brown
(CNN) - The widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy teamed up Saturday morning with the Democratic candidate trying to serve the last three years of her husband's term.
Vicki Kennedy joined Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to shake the hands of voters in Boston. Kennedy formally endorsed Coakley last week and appears in a campaign commercial for Coakley that began airing on television Friday.
The canvassing for voters with Kennedy was the first of nine campaign events for Coakley Saturday, as she picks up her get-out-the-vote efforts in advance of Tuesday’s special Senate election.
A Suffolk University Poll, released Thursday night, suggests that Coakley is locked in a dead heat with Republican state Sen. Scott Brown. A Boston Globe survey released last weekend indicated Coakley had a 15-point lead over Brown, but other recent polls, including several partisan surveys, suggested the race was much closer. Thursday, two well respected non-partisan national political analysts, Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, rated the race a toss-up. The race has dramatically tightened up from early December, when Coakley appeared to hold a large lead over Brown in a state that Democrats traditionally dominate.
Kennedy is just one of a string of high-profile Democrats to campaign with Coakley in the closing days of the campaign. Former President Bill Clinton teamed up with Coakley at rallies in Boston and Worcester on Friday. Sunday, President Barack Obama flies to Massachusetts to join Coakley at a get-out-the-vote rally.
Brown is on a campaign bus tour Saturday, with eight scheduled stops. Friday, he had help from his own high-profile surrogate, as former New York City Mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani joined Brown to greet voters. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, a fellow Republican, rides with Brown for a portion of Saturday's bus tour.
With recent polls indicating that Brown is winning the battle for independent voters, Democrats need to motivate their base to show up and cast ballots come Tuesday.
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