The case for Scott Brown

The case for Scott Brown

There are 268 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Jan 15, 2010, titled The case for Scott Brown. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Democrats in Massachusetts have grown accustomed to the political luxury of simply strolling unimpeded into office, and almost everyone thought Martha Coakley would enjoy the same unchallenged experience in her campaign to succeed Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate.

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Warren, MI

#107 Jan 17, 2010
seazen wrote:
Look, this the Brittney Spears of the Republican Party. A full-time suck up the anyone with enough money to get him show-time. The enthusiasm for Brown sounds like a bunch of teenagers who want the current varsity quarterback to win a contest against a girl with glasses who is smarter than they are.
LOL what BS.
just saying

United States

#108 Jan 17, 2010

Coakley has been mighty sloppy practicing what she selectively enforces. She has siphoned $25,000 out of her state campaign fund for a poll on her federal Senate bid; used another $24,000 from her state account to pay Beltway political consultants advising her on the Senate campaign; and reportedly used a secret asset sale pact between her state and federal campaign committees to use state campaign funds to purchase a fundraising database, redesign her website, and obtain $6,000 worth of campaign paraphernalia with her Senate logo. Her senatorial ambitions have been almost pornographically transparent — but not her campaign finance operations.

Then there’s Coakley’s relationship with Massachusett’s corrupt former House Speaker Sal DiMasi. Bay State records show that Coakley sent annual donations to the beleaguered Democrat over the past three years worth just under $1,000. But the obeisance Coakley has paid to the Democrat machine has been priceless. Last June, di Masi was indicted on seven counts of mail and wire fraud related to pay-for-play schemes worth tens of thousands of dollars in monthly payments.“Where’s Martha?” asked Republican lawmakers.

Coakley let the feds take on the powerful di Masi. Only after months of foot-dragging did Coakley’s AG office initiate an investigation into and indictments of one of di Masi’s top cronies, Richard Vitale, on lobbying and campaign finance crimes.

More recently, Coakley’s GOP opponent Scott Brown blew the whistle on campaign finance shenanigans involving her deep-pocketed supporters at the SEIU. The radical labor organization, saddled with nationwide embezzlement scandals and political thuggery, is “pulling out all the stops” for Coakley and has dumped more than $200,000 into her campaign for radio ads (plus another $685,000 on the way for TV ads). In mid-December, SEIU Local 509, which represents public employees, sent two e-mails to 7,500 state government employee at their government e-mail address over public computers endorsing Coakley and urging union members to vote for her. The use of state resources for politicking is forbidden under state ethics laws and subject to both civil and criminal penalties.
Re-elect NOBODY

Warwick, MA

#109 Jan 17, 2010
caveat emptor wrote:
So funny that so many posters can't even vote here. Just like so much of browns money came from far away. his campaign is financed from out of state --(like the majority of posters here)
Then, there's a lot of name calling from the right.
You poor people have little in the way of an idea of the national political system. It is so blantant in that desperate desire be swept up in a pseudo-patriotic-political-par ty dung heap.
remember: phil gramm from texas said the collapsing economy was just a mental thing.-- after he snunck in the words in a bill to allow commercial banks to blend in with investment banks, then quickly left congress for a nice position in banking.
yeah. republackins really know what they're doing. And they're not doing anything for you -- they're doing it TO you.
(it'll be fun to read the hate inspired posts.)
And Ms Coakley spent last week soliciting funds from Wa$hinton LOBBYI$TS instead of campaigning in her own state. She said "it was TOO COLD!!!".

Meanwhile, Her THUG cohorts, assaulted reports who dared to ask her questions .
just saying

United States

#110 Jan 17, 2010
We know how the SEIU thugs operate. I told you in Culture of Corruption about Andy Stern’s organizational motto:“[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

They’ll go after Boy Scouts.

And baby-sitters.

And home health-care providers.

They raided their treasury to pour $60-$80 million into Obama and the Democrats’ 2008 campaigns.

They’re not about to roll over and play nice while their 60-vote supermajority slips away.

Hotline On Call reports on the SEIU’s mobilization this weekend. Where are the counterforces?

SEIU has stepped up its involvement in MA in the waning days of the race, sending hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D).

The union, one of the most powerful arrows in the Dem quiver, is spending $685K on TV ads touting Coakley and slamming state Sen. Scott Brown (R), and a spokesperson for SEIU says it will have 300 volunteers on the ground on Tuesday.

The heightened activity has some GOPers on edge, and at least one group is worried SEIU could be taking over for ACORN as a top organizational tool benefiting Dem candidates.

“This whole thing is turnout, and this looks like the place the SEIU-ACORN folks turn on the turnout machine. They did it in Minnesota, successfully,” said David Norcross, chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association.

The RNLA will send its own volunteers to MA for Election Day, with plans to monitor polling places to prevent any fraud. The group got a tip that SEIU-sponsored buses would be taking voters to the polls, Norcross said.

Seems as if the democrats can only win if they lie, cheat and threaten people. Acktootie!
just saying

United States

#111 Jan 17, 2010
Martha Coakley- Poster girl for democrat corruption- from acorn to tookie- the role model of the left

Martha Coakley is a serial violator of civil liberties, in bed with the most corrupt leftist groups in the country, swimming in ill-gotten moneys from political maneuverings… short, she IS the real, unmasked face of the left. Take a trip across the web in your search for ‘martha coakley’ and you will fully understand the level of corruption endemic on the left, so cocksure of itself that it has suspended with any attempt to conceal its seedy, true nature, to control and manage and steal from its constituents, to play victim politics while it lines its own coffers with your money. No one demonstrates that more than Martha ‘acorn baby killer’ Coakley:

St Paul [Pioneer Press} AP
Hundreds of Acorn works and voluteers from Minnesota, descend on Massachusetts today to help Martha Coakley Defeat Scott Brown. Target: will be to sway our Senior Citizens to Vote for Martha Coakley! Senior centers/ Hospitals and Stores, will be prime areas for Acorn campaigning targeting.
just saying

United States

#112 Jan 17, 2010
SEIU, Voter Fraud, and Martha Coakley
Yesterday at 12:07 PM EST, the SEIU Local 509, better known as “the State Employee’s Union” sent an email to EVERY state employee at their state email address at their state computer at their state job. At 2:40 PM they then followed this first email asking everyone to disregard the first email. that’ll freakin’ work.

The first email endorsed Martha Coakley for Senator, and urged every union member to vote for her. The use of state resources to promote individual campaigns is expressly forbidden by law..
just saying

United States

#113 Jan 17, 2010
This tidbit reveals the Coakley Political Machine in action, a machine bought and paid for by SEIIU, ACORN, and other corrupt leftist machines:

what did Martha Coakley do when the Parole Board voted unanimously (5-0) to pardon Gerald Amirault? She did everything in her power to see that he stayed in prison, including sending an assistant DA to oppose his release at the hearing. Coakley also went on talk shows to spout her views about his guilt.(Read about Martha Coakley’s involvement in Cheryl Amirault’s Plea Bargain also). In a bid to be re-elected Governor of Massachusetts, Governor Jane Swift, rejected the Parole Board’s decision. There is little doubt, however, that Martha Coakley’s actions strengthened Governor Swift’s resolve to deny Gerald Amirault’s release from prison.Gov ernor Jane Swift sold Gerald Amirault’s freedom for what she hoped would be another term as Governor of Massachusetts, but the voters chose Mitt Romney instead. Martha Coakley worked harder than Jane Swift to keep an innocent man in prison, seemingly for political advantage also.
There we have it: Martha Coakley worked hard to keep an innocent man in prison. Is this the kind of individual any civilized society wishes to have in any position of public trust or responsibility?

There are even those on the political Left who believe that Martha Coakley is Massachusetts’ Mike Nifong, the kind of person who would knowingly and willfully send innocent people to jail (or keep them there) to advance his or her political career. Dissident Voice,“a radical newsletter in the struggle for peace and social justice” says,

Coakley’s role in the imprisonment of Gerald “Tookie” Amirault is all the more inexcusable when one considers that wild accusations of child sex abuse at the Fells Acres Day School were widely discredited by the time she became involved in the case. Even when it was clear Amirault was innocent, Coakley lobbied Acting Governor Jane Swift to keep Tookie behind bars for an extra two years
just saying

United States

#114 Jan 17, 2010
Martha Coakley is caught making false statements on financial disclosure form, does not report $262,000 in assets.
From the Boston Globe last November:

Coakley admits to federal filing error

Attorney General Martha Coakley, the state’s top lawyer, acknowledged yesterday that she improperly filled out a federal financial disclosure she submitted to the US Senate as part of her candidacy in the special election.

The Globe reported yesterday that Coakley was the only candidate, in disclosures due to the Senate by this week, to report that neither she nor her spouse had any reportable financial asset worth more than $1,000.

But her campaign said Coakley failed to list $200,000 to $250,000 in financial assets that are held by her husband, Thomas F. O’Connor Jr. The campaign said Coakley also failed to note a retirement account she holds that is worth $12,000.

It was…… a somewhat embarrassing omission for a perceived front-runner who oversees the state’s legal affairs.

Shreveport, LA

#115 Jan 17, 2010
reeltime wrote:
...."As the Plum Line reported yesterday, State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate special election on Tuesday, voted on October 17, 2001 to deny financial aid to Red Cross rescue workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts. As a state representative at the time, Brown was one out of only three legislators who had opposed the overwhelmingly bipartisan measure.
At a campaign rally today in Hyannis, ThinkProgress caught up with Brown for comment on why he voted against the measure:
TP: In 2001, you voted against 9/11 recovery workers, giving them aid, do you have any comment on this story?
BROWN: Yes, it was a time when our budget was down. We had a lot of cuts unfortunately, and we had to take care of our own priorities first.
During the same month Brown was voting down efforts to support 9/11 rescue workers, he was pushing a bill to appropriate a tax-subsidized bond to build a golf course in Norfolk, a city in his district.“Priorities,” indeed.
Also during the same period, he was busy fighting for tax subsidies for corporate interests. According to a 2002 article in the Lowell Sun, Brown scored a perfect pro-corporate tax subsidy rating in the months following his anti-9/11 rescue workers vote:
House members who supported decreasing the minimum corporate excise tax which was rejected were also given credit. Positive marks were also given to representatives who voted in favor of term limits for the speaker, voted against increasing the auto excise tax, and voted in favor of freezing the unemployment insurance rates.[...] Rep. Scott Brown, a Wrentham Republican, and Rep. Brad Hill, an Ipswich Republican, were the other two lawmakers to receive 100 percent taxpayer friendly ratings.
For Brown’s “priorities,” golf courses and corporations are above the Massachusetts Red Cross volunteers who rushed to the site of the twin towers after the terror attack."....
Here comes the libs digging and digging and digging to bring up anything that will stick. Change is coming and it is not exactly the change that the 'non-productive takers' were expecting.

Cedar City, UT

#116 Jan 17, 2010
...."Major U.S. banks which instigated the financial crisis are set to pay out “record” bonuses and compensation —$145 billion by some estimates. State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate running for the special U.S. Senate election next week, announced yesterday that he would oppose the recently announced financial crisis responsibility fee on large banks.

Brown’s defense of the financial industry has not been ignored by Wall Street. Wall Street’s two largest political enforcers are also out fighting to elect him:

– The Wall Street front group FreedomWorks is mobilizing get out the vote efforts for Brown this weekend. FreedomWorks organized the very first tea party protests, and has used its extensive staff and resources to mobilize rallies and advocacy campaigns on behalf of corporate interests. Dick Armey, who as a corporate lobbyist represented AIG, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch during the bailouit, is the leader of FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is also funded and chaired by Steve Forbes and Frank Sands of Sands Capital Management.

– The Wall Street front group Club for Growth is strongly “boosting” Brown and is expected to run ads in support for him. According to recent disclosures, the Club for Growth is funded by a $1.4 million dollar donation from investor Stephen Jacksons of Stephens Groups Inc, a $1.4 million dollar donation from broker Richard Gilder, and $210,000-$630,000 donations from at least 10 other investors and financial industry professionals. The Club is also supporting a slate of candidates to repeal health reform, while its other endorsed candidates have opposed a financial truth commission.

According to a ThinkProgress analysis of Brown’s latest Federal Elections Commission disclosures (part 1, part 2, part 3), filed on Jan. 8 and 11, business executives and Wall Street executives have lavished Brown’s campaign coffers with 11th hour contributions:.....

.....A report on financial industry compensation by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo found that large financial corporations — including Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Citigroup — spend between 25% to 50% of total revenue on paying out executive compensation. While the finance industry often refuses to offer lines of credit to American businesses struggling in this economy, they operate largely as vehicles to make bankers richer.

Brown casts himself as an everyday man, telling reporters “it’s me against the machine.” In fact, Brown is teaming up with Wall Street bankers to kill financial reform and preserve a system of Bush-era unfettered capitalism."....

Cedar City, UT

#117 Jan 17, 2010
Scott Brown Touts Beck-Like Conspiracy Theory That He Wouldn’t Be Seated Until Health Reform Is Passed

...."ThinkProgress contacted the Massachusetts Secretary of State office for comment on Brown’s theory that officials are conspiring to refuse to seat him immediately after the election on January 19th. Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the Secretary of State, called Brown’s remarks “nuts.” He then explained that by law, election officials must wait 10 days after the election for military and overseas ballots. Also, by law, an additional five days (totaling 15 after the election) are required for cities and towns to verify and report ballots. Responding to a question about Brown’s conspiracy theory, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said,“That is the stupidest thing I’ve been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source.”...."

Cedar City, UT

#118 Jan 17, 2010
...."Voters who want to cast a critical eye on Washington without destroying the Democratic coalition should go for Coakley. Her quiet diligence in pursuing some of the most thankless, but deeply important, tasks in prosecuting child abusers, scouring the fine print of Big Dig contracts to bring back hundreds of millions of dollars, and securing $60 million from Goldman Sachs for its subprime mortgage abuses, contrasts sharply with Brown's five-year record of voting no in a state Senate run by the opposite party.

She is by far the more qualified candidate, in experience and judgment. She has prosecuted hundreds of criminals and helped coordinate plans to protect the state from terrorist threats. As attorney general, she's returned $1 billion to state coffers.".....

Cedar City, UT

#119 Jan 17, 2010
...."Brown's unsubstantiated assertion that the health bill would send money out of Massachusetts is typical of his approach to discrediting Democratic initiatives. For example, a "cap-and-trade" plan to reduce pollution is the cheapest and most efficient way to combat global warming, ensuring that plants that can reduce their carbon emissions cheaply will do so, while giving others a less costly alternative to retrofitting. But Brown simply dismisses the whole concept, which was pioneered by his fellow Republicans, as a tax. The alternative — imposing strict new regulations on emissions — would cost ratepayers far more. His opposition to trying 9/11 plotters in a civilian court is based on the idea that lawyers would be provided "at taxpayer expense," but the military commissions he prefers also require taxpayer money, including for lawyers. Brown's stands on the issues amount to far less than his animated presentation might suggest."....

Cedar City, UT

#120 Jan 17, 2010
realist wrote:
<quoted text>Here comes the libs digging and digging and digging to bring up anything that will stick. Change is coming and it is not exactly the change that the 'non-productive takers' were expecting.
sounds like Tea Party rhetoric.

which is nothing more then assertions of how things ought not to be done, with no workable idea of how things can be done that will satisfy their view of their fantasy world.
Coakleys failed campaign

Milford, MA

#121 Jan 17, 2010
Naked Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
"Lefty moonbats." Ha! Ha!
Liberal rag? Gee, some Republicans like Scott Brown don't even wear rags.
Why doesn't Scott Brown just drop his pants and MOON us?
And by all means, Scott Brown, show us the BAT you're swinging between your legs.
Posing nude is so pro-family. How sweet! Sweet Jesus!
A family that strips together stays together.
Please Scott Brown, sponsor legislation to build nudist camps in Massachusetts. Sweet Jesus!
Democrats are destroying family values and folks like Scott Brown are the moral pillars of decency.
Poor Larry Craig, who's unemployed, can oversee the construction of male restrooms in the official Scott Brown Nudist Camp. Praise Jesus!
look up Barney Frank the Gay man who had a male prostitution ring running out of his home.

Queen for a Day

Northville, NY

#123 Jan 17, 2010
Naked Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Not true!
If offering health care to every American is f$cking the masses, that's my kind of "PIECE" and love.
The middle-class just want a PIECE of the pie. All they're getting is just crumbs. You know it.
Read the papers. The middle-class are financially worst off than in the year, 2000. I think the rich and affluent are doing rather well.
Peace & Love
Well that's what you get for thinking.

Middle-class? Who is that? You?

Since: Mar 09

Marlborough, Messachusetts

#124 Jan 17, 2010
B J Plona wrote:
Some random thoughts....
I am good at quips...maybe I should run for office.
Every promise Obama has tried to keep has been
blocked by the Republicans.
This country ia a mess, the result of 8 years of
Republican control, so instead of giving the Dems
some time to clean it up we should put in another
Republican to foil their attempts.
Americans have short memories. Or perhaps "selective" memories. Just compare the 90s to the first decade of the 21st century. Which one did you like better?
Stop drinking your bong water, the Dems control Congress. the Republicans can't stop Barry, it's some in his own party that are reluctant to participate in the destruction of America. By the way, it was Chris Dodd, Bawney Fwank and the Democrat-controlled congress (from 2006-present)that caused the economic collapse.
aDoseOfCommonSen se

Clockville, NY

#125 Jan 17, 2010
seazen wrote:
Look, this the Brittney Spears of the Republican Party. A full-time suck up the anyone with enough money to get him show-time. The enthusiasm for Brown sounds like a bunch of teenagers who want the current varsity quarterback to win a contest against a girl with glasses who is smarter than they are.
Only a simple mind would come up with such a simple concept. That may be how Democrats think, but not so for Republicans and Independents.

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#127 Jan 17, 2010
Naked Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Not true!
If offering health care to every American is f$cking the masses, that's my kind of "PIECE" and love.
The middle-class just want a PIECE of the pie. All they're getting is just crumbs. You know it.
Read the papers. The middle-class are financially worst off than in the year, 2000. I think the rich and affluent are doing rather well.
Peace & Love
That's the problem. The current healthcare bill is not "offering" healthcare to every American. It is "ordering" every American to purchase healthcare, or face fines or possibly prison time.

The healthcare bill is nothing more than forcing middle class Americans to hand over more of their money to corporations - in this case insurance companies.

The healthcare bill IS f$cking the masses type of legislation, and the Dems are trying to pass it off as though they are doing the country a favor. And I am not the least bit surprised that this is your kind of peace and love.
Robert Shattuck


#128 Jan 17, 2010
President Obama has released a video urging citizens to knock on doors, call, email, text and tweet in Massachusetts regarding Tuesday's election.

"But a lot of people don’t even realize there is an election on Tuesday [in Massachusetts] or why it’s so important. So I need you to put on your walking shoes again, knock on doors, call, email, text, and tweet, and make sure everyone you know understands the stakes for their families, for Massachusetts, and our country."

I agree with the President about knocking on doors, etc., but I have a different understanding of the "stakes" for the country than the President's.

I have sent hundreds of emails to Massachusetts citizens expressing that I am for Scott Brown and against Obamacare. I urge others to send emails similarly.

Robert Shattuck
Birmingham, AL 35223

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