David Gergen, a left-leaning commentator who often appears on cable news shows, was the moderator at a debate a couple of nights ago. The Massachusetts showdown was a verbal jostling match between the two candidates who are vying for the Senate seat which was left behind when Teddy Kennedy died: Martha Coakley, the current Attorney General, and Scott Brown, a State Senator.
The special election will be held next Tuesday, but this debate was a forum to allow voters to get a better look at the choices for Teddy’s replacement.
The moment of the night came as Gergen asked this “leading” question of Scott Brown when talking about health care reform: “We know from the Clinton experience that if this bill fails, it could well-be another 15 years before we see health care reform efforts again in Washington. Are you willing under those circumstances to say ‘I’m going to be the person, I’m going to sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat, and I’m going to be the person to stop it for another 15 years?‘”
Gosh Mr. Gergen, if I didn’t know better, I’d think you were trying to sway this debate in favor of Ms. Coakley.
How did Scott Brown answer?
“With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat. It’s the people’s seat.’’
Strange, but liberals often forget about “the people.” They forget that “the people” are their bosses, the ones who pay their salaries- the ones they represent.
While most of the polls show Coakley ahead of Brown, there have been a few recent polls which have shown Brown within single digits. One poll actually had him ahead, something quite amazing in Massachusetts, our most liberal state. This election may be another mandate on the state of folks in this country and the amount of power they want to give to the government.
An “upset”, with Brown beating Coakley, would send shock waves through the democratic party and send chills up the spines of those democrats who are facing reelection in November.
There are a few things about Coakley that are not well-known outside of Massachusetts, but could have implications for all of us if she becomes a national figure…
Remember “Fistgate”, the scandal implemented by our “Safe School” Czar, Kevin Jennings? Well, a concerned parent actually went to one of the “tolerance” conferences, which was more of a gay “how-to” educational program, and audiotaped the entire thing. Anyone who wants to hear what was (and still is) happening in those conferences can click here.
I’m warning you- it ain’t pretty.
The parent then sent the audiotape to Martha Coakley, who at the time was the district attorney. Almost anyone who heard these tapes would be horrified, yet Martha simply let the tapes collect dust on her desk.
According to Massresistance.com, “On April 18, 2000, Scott Whiteman, who attended the GLSEN conference and made the recordings, hand-delivered an affadavit describing the event to the office of Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley. He received no response from Coakley, nor did she take any action whatsoever other than to acknowledge that she received the affadafit. (Martha Coakley is now the Massachusetts Attorney General and has recently raised money for homosexual activist causes.)”
That doesn’t sound like someone who is concerned about our kids, does it?
But there’s more.
There was an infamous priest from the suburbs of Boston, Father John Geoghan, who was accused and eventually prosecuted of molesting countless numbers of little boys. In 1995, while Martha Coakley was a district attorney and the head of the child abuse unit in her county, a widowed mother of three grade-school boys told investigators in Coakley’s office that “Father Jack” had been touching her boys inappropriately when he visited their home. He had also made “lewd” phone calls to the boys. Instead of prosecuting this man, Coakley agreed to grant Geoghan a year of probation in a closed-door proceeding that received no media attention.
After a short stint in rehab, the good priest began his dirty-work with little boys again-he was eventually caught touching another child and prosecuted by Coakley. While she received massive praise for her successful prosecution of this man, it’s rarely mentioned that she had let this priest go free to molest more children for seven years.
When he went to trial, it was discovered that Father Jack had a long, long history of pedophilia, all done under the knowing eye of the Archbishop, who repeatedly moved Geoghan from parish to parish over the years to keep it quiet. Coakley claims that she didn’t know of these allegations when she made the plea deal.
You don’t think that someone had “urged” her to keep a lid on it… Why else would she give this pedophile a closed-door hearing…..?
When asked why she’d let a pedophile roam the streets for seven years, Coakley proudly stated that she had “negotiated “stringent conditions of probation” with this priest.
Let’s see, a year of probation, a stint in rehab, and NO public notification is considered “stringent”?
I wonder if the parents of the abused boys would agree….
I have a vested interest in this case because Fr. Geoghan was our family’s parish priest and gave three of my children their First Communion.
From these two incidents, alone, I would surmise that Coakley seems to put politics before people. What’s worse is that she seems to put politics before children.
Add to these stories, the fact that Coakley is a true liberal- a woman who supports partial birth abortion, tax increases, massive spending under the guise of “helping the middle class”, and a pull-out in Afghanistan- and you’ll see a woman who would be a disaster for our country.
For those of you in Massachusetts- do us ALL a favor.
Vote to give “Teddy’s Senate Seat” back to the people.
That’s where it belongs.
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