January 14, 2010

SHE JUST DOESN'T HAVE TIME FOR VOTERS:

Democrats Fight to Hold Crucial Seat: Kennedy’s (ABBY GOODNOUGH, 1/14/10, NY Times)

Ms. Coakley, 56, said she had not invested much time in pressing the flesh around the state because the campaign had been so brief — the primaries were on Dec. 8 — and she believed it was more useful to meet with politicians, union leaders and others who could help get her message out.

“You simply do not have enough time,” she said. “Between Dec. 8 and Jan. 19, you can’t possibly shake enough hands of people who don’t know you to be successful in a campaign.”

By contrast, Mr. Brown says he has put hundreds of miles on his pickup truck and seems more suited to campaigning. Visiting a medical device company Wednesday in Chelmsford, he spouted questions and never missed a chance to ham it up as he asked for votes.

“Clear!” he said as he pretended to resuscitate a plastic cart with defibrillator paddles, then held them to the chest of the company’s president as amused employees looked on.

Mr. Brown, 50, is taking every chance to emphasize that he is a “Scott Brown Republican” — an independent thinker who will not necessarily toe his party’s line but will free Massachusetts, whose Congressional delegation is composed entirely of Democrats, from the strictures of one-party rule. More than half the state’s registered voters are unaffiliated with a political party, and polls indicate that many of them are gravitating toward Mr. Brown.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2010 6:44 AM
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