January 19, 2010

TURNING THEIR OWN CAUCUS INTO FALLUJAH:

Dems trade friendly fire while waiting for election returns (TIM GRIEVE, 1/19/10, Politico)

POLITICO reported Tuesday morning that Democratic insiders in Washington – including officials at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel – were putting some of the blame on Coakley for putting Kennedy’s seat at risk.

By mid-day, Coakley’s crew was pushing back – hard.

A Coakley adviser took the White House and the Democratic National Committee to task for “leaking” and said that, “If Martha is guilty of taking the race for granted, so is the White House and the DNC."

In a memo – provided to POLITICO while Massachusetts residents were still voting – the Coakley campaign all but conceded defeat, arguing that “National Dems Failed to Aid Coakley Until Too Late.”

In bullet points, the memo specifically rebutted claims from Washington that the campaign had been slow to report shifts in the mood of the electorate, insisting that the campaign had “noted concerns about ‘apathy’ and failure of national Democrats to contribute early in December” and further had “requested national Democratic help” late in 2009.

The “DNC and other Dem organizations did not engage until the week before the election, much too late to aid Coakley operation,” the memo continued.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2010 8:13 PM
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