January 18th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
10 years ago

Coleman not running for governor

Coleman has decided not to run for governor.

Coleman has decided not to run for governor.

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman will not run for governor in 2010, the Republican announced Sunday on his Facebook page.

Coleman, who lost re-election to Democrat Al Franken in a close contest in 2008 that took six months to resolve, said it is the wrong time to launch a new campaign.

"This is not the right time for me and my family to conduct a campaign for Governor,"
Coleman wrote in the Facebook post. "The timing on this race is both a bit too soon and a bit too

The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported Coleman's decision on its Web site.

"It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go," Coleman continued. "The commitments I have to my family and the work I am currently engaged in do not allow me to now go forward."

Current Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last year he would not seek another term and several candidates from both parties have expressed interest in running for the state's top job.

According to the Star Tribune, seven Republicans and 12 Democrats have filed to run for the seat.

Filed under: Norm Coleman
January 18th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
10 years ago

Brown criticizes Coakley for remarks at MLK event

(CNN) - Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown criticized Democratic rival Martha Coakley Monday after she made political comments at a Martin Luther King Day breakfast the two candidates attended.

During her remarks, Coakley said she is running for the Senate because Dr. King's work remains unfinished, and then asked for the audience's votes in the special election Tuesday.

As brown was leaving the event, he said told reporters he was "disappointed" Coakley made political comments at an event billed as nonpolitical.

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown
January 18th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Democrats consider backup plan for health care reform

Democratic officials on Capitol Hill are quietly talking about options for passing health care reform without that critical 60th Senate vote.

Democratic officials on Capitol Hill are quietly talking about options for passing health care reform without that critical 60th Senate vote.

Washington (CNN) - Faced with the once-unthinkable prospect of losing the Massachusetts Senate race, Democratic officials on Capitol Hill are quietly talking about options for passing health care reform without that critical 60th Senate vote.

Top White House aides insist they are not engaging in any talk of contingency plans, because they believe Democrat Martha Coakley will beat Republican Scott Brown in Tuesday's crucial Senate battle.

"We are not having any discussions like that," White House spokesman Bill Burton told CNN. "We believe she is going to win."

Asked about potential contingency plans as Air Force One returned to the Washington area after President Barack Obama's Sunday campaign rally for Coakley in Boston, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted to reporters the plan is to still pass health care reform with 60 votes. "We think Coakley will win this race," Gibbs said.


Filed under: Health care • Massachusetts • Popular Posts • Senate
January 18th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
10 years ago

GOP candidate dominates social networking in Massachusetts

Brown is dominating on the social networking sites.

Brown is dominating on the social networking sites.

(CNN) – On the eve of the Massachusetts special election Tuesday to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the Republican candidate has dramatically more followers on social networks than the Democratic candidate.

As of Monday morning, Republican Scott Brown has 76,538 fans on his Facebook page. With polls opening in less than 24 hours, Democrat Martha Coakley has 14,441 fans.

On Twitter, Brown has 10,187 followers compared to Coakley's 3,514 followers. The total uploaded views for Brown's YouTube videos are 578,271 versus 51,173 for Coakley.

Last Friday, CNN asked the Coakley campaign why they were not running any Google ads, compared to the Brown campaign which has shown an aggressive strategy for advertising on the popular search engine. Campaign spokesperson Alex Zaroulis responded in an e-mail that they were focusing on social networks: "We are running an aggressive online campaign – from the blogosphere to e-mail to facebook and twitter."

Filed under: Martha Coakley • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Social Networking • Twitter
January 18th, 2010
05:02 AM ET
10 years ago

Matalin: GOP win in MA could 'change the way politics tastes'

Washington (CNN) – A prominent Republican strategist and one-time aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that a Republican win in an upcoming special election, or even a narrow Democratic victory, could shake the foundations of President Obama’s ambitious agenda.

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.


January 18th, 2010
05:00 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: January 18, 2010


The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world.

Compiled by Alison Harding

For the latest political news: www.CNNPolitics.com

CNN: Democrats consider backup plan for health care reform
Faced with the once-unthinkable prospect of losing the Massachusetts Senate race, Democratic officials on Capitol Hill are quietly talking about options for passing health care reform without that critical 60th Senate vote.

New York Times: Wall St. Weighs a Challenge to a Proposed Tax
Wall Street’s main lobbying arm has hired a top Supreme Court litigator to study a possible legal battle against a bank tax proposed by the Obama administration, on the theory that it would be unconstitutional, according to three industry officials briefed on the matter.

Washington Post: Medicaid provision for Nebraska raises ire
It was a single paragraph, added at the last minute on Page 2,129 of the Senate's mammoth health-care bill: a promise that the federal government would pay forever for extra poor people to join Medicaid in Nebraska. And it triggered a swift, partisan backlash.

The Hill: Ford has shown willingness to defy the Democratic establishment
If Harold Ford Jr. defies the White House and launches a Senate bid in New York, it wouldn't be the first time that he has taken on powerful players in the Democratic Party. Ford's unsuccessful bid to challenge Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for minority leader in 2002 was a setback to his career, but one that he overcame.

Albany Times-Union: Cuomo piles up huge cash lead
Andrew Cuomo has more than five dollars in his campaign bank account for every dollar that David Paterson has in his fund. … The presumption is that Cuomo, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002 and is rounding out a term as attorney general, will run for Paterson's job. But despite weak polls and a chorus of concerns from party leaders, the governor insists he is still in the race.


Boston Globe: Six factors to watch for Tuesday's election
Massachusetts voters head to the polls Tuesday to fill the first open US Senate seat in 25 years in a race that started out slow but has become the hottest item in national politics.


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