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Dems To Stall Seating Brown For O-Care

From the Boston Herald:

Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass health-care reform

By Frank Quaratiello  |   Saturday, January 9, 2010

It looks like the fix is in on national health-care reform – and it all may unfold on Beacon Hill.

At a business forum in Boston today, interim Sen. Paul Kirk predicted that Congress would pass a health-care reform bill this month.

“We want to get this resolved before President Obama’s State of the Union address in early to mid-February,” Kirk told reporters at a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

The longtime aide and confidant of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was handpicked by Gov. Deval Patrick after a controversial legal change to hold Kennedy’s seat, vowed to vote for the bill even if Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, who opposes the health-care reform legislation, prevails in a Jan. 19 special election.

“Absolutely,” Kirk said, when asked if he’d vote for the bill, even if Brown captures the seat. “It would be my responsibility as United States senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda. . . . I think you’re asking me a hypothetical question but I’d be pleased to vote for the bill.”

Few have considered the Jan. 19 election as key to the fate of national health-care reform because both Kirk and front-runner state Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee, have vowed to uphold Kennedy’s legacy and support health-care reform.

But if Brown wins, the entire national health-care reform debate may hinge on when he takes over as senator. Brown has vowed to be the crucial 41st vote in the Senate that would block the bill.

The U.S. Senate ultimately will schedule the swearing-in of Kirk’s successor, but not until the state certifies the election.

Today, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.

“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”

Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 – well after the president’s address.

Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said today a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.

In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Yesterday, Brown, who has been closing the gap with Coakley in polls and fund raising, blasted the political double standard.

“This is a stunning admission by Paul Kirk and the Beacon Hill political machine,” said Brown in a statement. “Paul Kirk appears to be suggesting that he, Deval Patrick, and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid intend to stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress, even if that means defying the will of the people of Massachusetts. As we’ve already seen from the backroom deals and kickbacks cut by the Democrats in Washington, they intend to do anything and everything to pass their controversial health care plan. But threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes their schemes to a whole new level. Martha Coakley should immediately disavow this threat from one of her campaign’s leading supporters.”

A spokeswoman for Coakley’s campaign declined to comment today.


We are living in a banana republic.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Dems To Stall Seating Brown For O-Care”

  1. proreason says:

    the ballot box may not be enough

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:


    1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
    2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
    3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

  3. BillK says:

    Is anyone really surprised?

    There is no way to stop them, and the American public not only doesn’t care, they cheer them on.

    As long as they get their freebies.

  4. BigOil says:

    I seem to remember the Swimmer’s body was barely cold when the MA legislature changed the law so their lib governor could appoint this clown Kirk immediately – but it would take a month to certify the will of the people.

    In NY congressional district 23 they seated the Dem prior to counting 10,000 absentee ballots in a close election.

    Banana republic indeed.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Hypocrits…………again! What are they affraid of. Seems they didn’t waste any time getting someone in place a few months back……..i.e., Kennedy and the loon from New York.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Hey thank God for Brown and his contemporaries from the NY-23, NJ elections, etc. They’ve sent the clear message to Washington that the political climate is so against this agenda right now that any honest and courageous Conservative can enter almost any election and pose a serious threat. The administration, the radicals, the Democrat party have already thrown all their chips in so they’ve got no other choice to make.

    I’m not sure if Brown literally can take Kennedy castle but I just heard about this race. If he does though and his delay does turn into the apex of the Healthscare battle, then.. wow.

  7. bill says:

    If the Republicans had any stones, they would invite Brown to take his seat, if he wins, and make one giant circus of the Senate until he was seated.

    Remember the SC of Mass thought it was such an emergency to get the stooge who is currently there seated … So isn’t it the same emergency to get the real elected Senator in the chamber so the people can have their voice heard?

    I can wish can’t I.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    “make one giant circus of the Senate”

    KKK Byrd fiddling as Rome burns.

    Let them eat TARP funds.

    I want to puke.

  9. wirenut says:

    Preaching to the choir here but, this has zero amount of concern about the will of the people. Their democrats! Bending, breaking or making new rules comes natural to constitutional criminals. The effort here is for a one party system. THEIR’S!
    The GOP better grow a pair or be willing to dive into the gutters to fight the democrats in their environment.

  10. AmericanIPA says:

    The real laffer here is that politicians, especially liberals, enjoy nothing more than campaigning. Bill Clinton ran a ten year presidential campaign and eight years of that he was already president for crying out loud. Now Obama wants to do the same (although with God’s mercy he won’t win reelection). He started running for president about three minutes after he barely won a US senate seat after running against his opponent’s personal life.

    They love elections until it looks like they won’t get the win, then they use other measures. How many senators are appointed, rather than elected by the people? Enough to sway the outcome of many votes in the House. But rather than hold special elections to fill vacancies, they appoint hand-picked puppet senators to do their bidding.

    And if they lose in one state, they can try somewhere a bit more in line with their thinking. Witness Harold Ford from Tennessee, who lost in his bid to enter the senate in TN to Bob Corker. Now he’s “weighing a bid” to challenge for Hillary’s old seat. Maybe it’s just that seat, since Hillary was about as much of a New Yorker as I am.


  11. AmericanIPA says:

    Another “light-skinned” minority with “no black dialect”. He’s a shoo in.

  12. eaglewingz08 says:

    Is it racist for black gov Deval Patrick to refuse to seat a white republican? Imagine if the republican Senate refused to seat democraps in order to gain some partisan advantage? I would think that even in Mass the people might vote against the democraps given this corrupt activity by Mr. Kirk who had promised that he would remain neutral in the special election (but who has since come straight out and endorsed the democrap candidate).

  13. Rip Cord says:

    As usual the dem-Quada party has given the Republicans a golden opportunity to contrast them with these Marxists and stand for something. If they refuse to seat Brown after his election win, then the Republicans can all boycott the State of the Union address. THAT will call far more attention to the shenanigans than to the Health Care Deform bill that punk in chief wants to crow about over the Country. Are ya listening Repubs?

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