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Lawyers are being positioned even over the weekend to file a legal action quickly in support of the GOP candidate in the Massachusetts special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy should he succeed in defeating a hand-picked Democratic successor.
There is concern that since a victory by Republican Scott Brown over Attorney General Martha Coakley in the battle to replace Kennedy would threaten President Obama’s health care plan in the U.S. Senate – Brown has promised to be a key vote against the plan – Democrats in power would delay certifying the election and getting him seated in the Senate.
Polls heading into the weekend show the surge of support for Brown is continuing, to the point that President Obama has tentatively scheduled a trip to Massachusetts to try to salvage Coakley’s campaign.
Officials with Gun Owners of America aren’t waiting. They announced today that they have instructed their attorneys to “prepare a lawsuit to force the Senate to seat Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown immediately should he, as seems increasingly likely, succeed in his Jan. 19 bid for the Senate seat.”
The statement from Gun Owners executive officer Larry Pratt said, “Recent polls showing Brown pulling even with anti-gun zealot Martha Coakley have led to threats by current placeholder Paul Kirk and Democratic operatives to block the will of the people of Massachusetts until the Senate has adopted the ObamaCare bill.”
“The Senate has finally descended to a moral cesspool which would embarrass a Third World despot,” said Pratt. “But, if necessary, the Gun Owners Foundation will move to ensure that gun owners in Massachusetts and across the country are not victimized by this extreme exercise in vote fraud.”
He said he’s asked his legal counselors to review various civil rights and racketeering laws that could be applied in the case.
WND reported earlier that analysts say complacency by Democrats, who have held the seat since John F. Kennedy’s tenure in the 1950s, has allowed Brown to turn a presumed rout into an even race.
Brown has capitalized on fierce opposition to the Democrats’ health care plan and a stalled U.S. economy to close a double-digit gap to what local polls now show to be an even race with Coakley.
Coakley, regarded as the Kennedy “heir apparent,” told the Boston Globe, “I don’t know what is going to happen on January 19.”
New York state GOP chairman Ed Cox, in a meeting addressing the impact of the election, said it will determine the “critical” 60th vote in the U.S. Senate that Democrats would need to kill any filibusters contemplated by Hill Republicans.
Campaign ads for Brown have tied the race to a choice between liberty and tyranny:
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The intensity of the race has uncovered misdeeds that might not have come to light otherwise.
The Globe reported Coakley acknowledged she failed to fill out a federal financial disclosure to the U.S. Senate correctly, concealing some $250,000 in assets. Also, the Washington Examiner said Democrats already were comparing Coakley to Creigh Deeds, the Democrat who lost the Virginia governor’s race in 2009.
According to The Hill, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is blaming Coakley for not campaigning harder and warned a Brown victory would be the death of Obama’s health care plan.
The Washington Times cited Coakley’s recent interview in which she addressed conscience rights for doctors and nurses.
In a state that is 39 percent Catholic, she said, “You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.”
The Big Journalism website reported how as attorney general she let a rape suspect out on bail after he was accused of attacking a toddler with a curling iron.