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

Steele: RNC worked behind-the-scenes in Massachusetts

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/10/art.steele0110.gi.jpg caption="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. Mickey

    No doubt buying any and all votes possible...paying homeless people with booze and cigarettes to vote numerous times...real classy RNC. Brown is a shill, and will be disastrous for the people of MA.

    January 19, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. George

    How anyone can vote for a republican is beyond me.... WHAT HAVE THEY DONE FOR THE COUNTRY WITHIN THE LAST YEAR? NOTHING , NO IDEAS , WHINE WHINE AND NO NO .....,... they are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites and parasites,,,at least with the democrats you know were you stand, but republicans are worst!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. rob

    Is the Playboy Bunny aka Regular Joe Faux Six Pack going to win this thing? Let's hope not.

    January 19, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. John

    The most important thing to realize is that the American people are paying attention now. And now the socialists are on notice that their ideas are not wanted. That they should get lost because the American people are real winners not looking for handouts from a government and that they are a proud people not willing to beg for money but rather work for it. That is the spirit that made this country great in the first place and Bam bam has a lot of learning to do. Good bye socialists!

    January 19, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. yeah

    dems are getting what they deserve, they ruined the power hold they had, i mean they controlled the presidency, senate AND house and STILL couldnt get anything done, reps may be the party of NO but dems are the party of CANT, we should all have free healthcare by now, thanks for nothing obama, reid, pelosi.......but hey, getting nothing done is better than getting the wrong things done like the reps do

    January 19, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. ran

    A Brown win may be just the shot the Democrats need to say enough is enough and go the reconciliation way and start getting things done.

    They could start by giving us single payer universal health care. Then on to energy and immigration reform. Let the Republicans play their filibuster game by themselves.

    If the Democrats had kicked Lieberman out already we would have gotten health care by now because we would never get the 60 votes needed in the first place because the Republicans will never help this President and without 60 votes to end their filibuster the only way to get anything done is by reconciliation.

    January 19, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. shirley

    Go Brown!!!!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. joe

    And the DNC, Obama, Kennedy's didn;t do Anything ?
    Hmm.. it's not OK if the RNC works in the background , but it is OK if obama , and the rest of the caracters can do the same thing.

    That's what's wrong with this country. It's a free country ( for now ) ..

    It's not him vs her.. or rnc vs dnc.. People.. It's because the politicians are not listening to the people they are to represent.

    Everyone is getting some sweet deal n this bailout , health care crisis.. except for us, the middle class people.. w'll have to pay more because of the Louisiana Purchase , the nebraska deal, the unions..

    everyon's got a deal except those of us earling less than 80,000 who are going to pay dearly for these "sweetheart deals"..

    Many of us do not want to drink the "kool aid"..

    January 19, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Debby

    Sounds right since Joakley thought she had it in the bag.

    January 19, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. ShaneMc67

    Of course both national committees were putting effort and resources into a race with clear national implications.

    Hopefully those expressing outrage at this sort of "news" are feigning naivete.

    January 19, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. jack

    I have 20 years of military service and I am 72 years old.When the democrates toke over the senate and congress they promised to bring the troops home what did they do they voted with Bush then Obama promised open goverment and to end the war.we are sending more troops to be killed and he has sold us out to the unions people that make 70 dollars a hr while freezing cost of living for old people drawing 500 dollars a month.All deals has been behind closed doors no one has any idea what is going on and I voted for it.In my life time I have never saw so many liers in on room as the democrates

    January 19, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Tyler Henderson

    I find it funny they say how they were working "behind the scenes" right after reports of the ballot already being marked for their candidate. *sigh*

    January 19, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. Willy Brown

    I "hope" we "change" we defeat OBAMA!

    January 19, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Behind the scenes. It even sounds underhanded.

    January 19, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. They call me "tater salad"

    Yeah........they've been behind the scenes alright.......PAYING OFF ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE!!!!!

    January 19, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Ms S Callahan

    Well, no need to hide...I mean if the Dems can have outside help.......I mean they couldn't get any higher than the President himself. Besides, this is a national office .....

    January 19, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Yeah, after reading that some ballots are being handed out with Republican already selected, SOMEBODY is working behind the scenes.
    Sad to think that Republicans have so little faith in or RESPECT FOR our Democracy that they feel COMPELLED to cheat to win.

    What I draw from that kind of circumstance is this – If they are willing to cheat to get in, what will they do once they are?
    I'd love an answer to that one.

    January 19, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. MNRepublican

    I certainly hope Steele & the RNC were in Mass, we need to do anything as a party to help, it offsets what Acorn, Move On. Org and other left leaning groups are doing. It's fair game in my book. I just wouldn't announce it

    January 19, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. John, Brooklyn, NY

    In other words....if we are so repulsive that people won't vote for us when we are honest and transparent...then we'll just hide and campaign in secret.

    January 19, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. BoxersNext

    Get your tissues ready, moonbats.

    January 19, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. WrongKindofChange

    Oh as if the Democratic National Committee hasn't been working behind the scenes to help Coakley. I mean come on...they had Obama out there as well even though he has more important things to be doing as President.

    Let's not forget ACORN as well. We know what they do behind the scenes for the democrats.

    January 19, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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