Breaking News – moveon is telegraphing the fear spreading through the hearts and minds of progressives hoping to win the seat left vacant in Massachusetts by Ted Kennedy. One of my operatives sent me this email which was sent out this evening from moveon. They know how important this election is to the health care bill. Wouldn't it be ironic that the seat the late Senator Kennedy left would be the vote that would kill national health care?This will be a squeaker of an election and if Scott Brown wins against Martha Coakley in this heavily democrat state, President Obama just might as well take his socialist band of rejects and head out of Washington D.C. forever and good riddens.
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 2:33 PM
Subject: Urgent: A Republican in Ted Kennedy's seat?
Democrats are at risk of losing their 60th Senate seat putting a right-winger in
progressive champ Ted Kennedy's seat and allowing Republicans to block every
piece of progressive legislation. The Massachusetts special election is in just
11 days and Democrat Martha Coakley needs your help immediately. Can you
Dear MoveOn member,
In 11 days, we could lose progressive hero Ted Kennedy's Senate seat—and with
it, any hope for passing major progressive legislation this year.
A new poll Tuesday showed Democrat Martha Coakley's lead in the special election
to succeed Kennedy is at the edge of the margin of error, and the non-partisan
Cook Political Report now says it's very competitive.1 And today, some of the
people behind the infamous Swift Boat and racist Willie Horton ads are spending
$400,000 on a new attack ad. Republican Scott Brown and his extreme right-wing
supporters are significantly outspending Coakley on TV.2
A Republican victory here would be a catastrophe—Democrats would lose their 60th
vote in the Senate, health care could die, and the Republicans could block
pretty much anything they want.
We can't let a right-winger take over Ted Kennedy's seat because not enough
progressives are paying attention. Coakley urgently needs help before it's too
late. Your contribution in the next 24 hours will help her expand her all-out
campaign for victory. Can you contribute $5 to Coakley's campaign right away?
Martha Coakley will carry on Ted Kennedy's progressive legacy. In endorsing
Coakley, Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's wife, said, "My husband fought for
healthcare reform for more than 40 years. Martha Coakley shares those critical
beliefs." Coakley has also been outspoken against restrictions in the bill on
women's right to choose.3
As Massachusetts Attorney General, Coakley was aggressive in challenging the
Wall Street titans who helped bring on the financial crisis, and she recovered
tens of millions of dollars for taxpayers and victims of Goldman Sachs, Merrill
Lynch, and UBS for their deceptive activities.4 She'll be a strong fighter in
Washington for tough regulations on the financial industry.
And Republican Scott Brown? He's a "free enterprise advocate"5 who thinks the
system works just fine. But he's giving Coakley a serious challenge. He
promised, "As the 41st senator I can stop a lot of this stuff in its tracks....I
can actually force them to go back to the drawing board."6 And there are rumors
that the Republican Party and the Club for Growth will also begin attack ads on
And the race is further confused by the presence of a 3rd candidate, named Joe
Kennedy, who isn't related to Ted Kennedy, but is a tea-party extremist. Martha
Coakley needs our help to cut through the clutter and get her message out—on TV,
at the doors, and on the phones.
At this moment, when Ted Kennedy's greatest goal in life is within reach, we
cannot afford to let Republican extremists snatch away his legacy. Can you help
with an urgent contribution of $5? Click here:
Thank you. Sincerely,
–Adam, Kat, Wes, Daniel, and the rest of the team
Martha Coakley for Senate
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