Posted by: reddiva | January 8, 2010

October 31, Pick Your Own Year

Did I go to sleep and wake up to trick or treat?  Did my calendar go crazy and it’s really October 31?

Just a few short months ago we were all reading things like this statement from the Syracuse.Com website:

Conklin said the state sent a letter to the House Clerk last week explaining that no winner had been determined in the 23rd District, and therefore the state had not certified the election. But the letter noted that Owens still led by about 3,000 votes, and that the special election was not contested — two factors that legally allowed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to swear in Owens on Friday.

This illegal act made legal by incorrect vote totals being given to Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, allowed the controversial Pelosi Health Care folly to pass the House of Representatives.  Owens’ swearing in ceremony was rushed.  It was pushed intentionally to allow Pelosi to be certain she had enough votes.  Repulsive behavior by the Democrat-controlled House.

Now, here we go again.  This article from the Boston Herald says it all.

Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled so health-care reform could pass
By Frank Quaratiello
Friday, January 8, 2010 – Added 0m ago

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 of 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.

Someone please tell me I have dreamed all this and it isn’t really true.  We must not let this happen.  I don’t like cheating, but if that is the only way to play the game we have to play the game!

We must not sit idly by and let this happen.  The Massachusetts election is two days before the Senate resumes business after their mid-winter vacation.  Write, call, fax, email – do whatever you have to do to reach your Senator and tell them to fight for Scott Brown the way the Democrats fought for Bill Owens.

The bright side to this incredible tale is that Scott Brown is making enough headway with his campaign that the Democrats are scared to death!  I would love to see their faces when Massachusetts elects a Republican to the US Senate and the Republicans stop the Harry Reid Death Care Plan dead in its tracks!



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