Rasmussen: Coakley leads by Two UPDATE: Coakley on Call To Donors: Brown Surge Is “Frightening”

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I am starting to think Brown is unstoppable.

Rasmussen Reports, whose poll showing Republican candidate Scott Brown sparked the current round of Democratic panic over the Massachusetts Senate race, is out with a poll showing Democratic candidate Martha Coakley up by only two points. The results, with trends:

Martha Coakley (D) – 49 (-1)
Scott Brown (R) – 47 (+6)

All of that comes after Coakley, roused from what Democrats admit was a fairly lazy campaign, launched new TV ads.

Washington Independent via Ace of Spades

Do you believe in miracles?

Update:  During a private call with DNC chair and heavies, the Ice Queen sounded the alarm.

Happy Hour Roundup via The Patriot Room

* More Dem urgency over Massachusetts. On a private conference call with DNC chair Tim Kaine and top Dem donors this afternoon, Dem Senate candidate Martha Coakley acknowledged that GOPer Scott Brown’s surge was “frightening,” said top Dem donors had been complacent, and promised a last burst of TV ads to close out the race.

“It’s a little frightening how much traction he’s been able to get so quickly,” Coakley said on the call, which I was able to listen in on this afternoon, adding that he’d successfully used terror and joblessness to stoke voter fears.

Coakley also pleaded with donors to come through with last-minute funding for what she said would be an extremely pricey home-stretch. “It’s astounding how expensive this is,” Coakley said, saying additional TV ads are on the way. “We can’t stress enough how urgent it is. We need $400,000 in additional TV, $325,000 in getting out the vote mailings, and $80,000 in robocalls.”

Kaine, for his part, told donors Dem leaders are “cautiously optimistic.”

Martha hit the Panic button.

 Thanks to Ace  for the link!

Scott Brown’s Daughters Respond To Coakley Ad: “Completely Offended”

This afternoon Scott Brown’s two daughters, Alya and Arianna responded to Martha The Ice Queen’s attack ad in which she charges that Brown supports denying emergency contraception to rape vitctims.

“My dad would always stand up for the rights and needs of rape victims, and he’s kind, understanding and he’s a very compassionate father and man,” said 21-year-old Ayla Brown. The Boston College senior is something of a local celebrity after becoming a semifinalist in the 2006 edition of TV’s “American Idol.”

“Martha Coakely’s new negative ad represents everything that discourages young women from getting involved in politics. And as a young woman, I’m completely offended by that,” Ayla Brown added.

Arianna Brown, a 19-year-old freshman at Syracuse University, stood beside her sister and said: “My dad is a loving man who is a father. He is a husband, he is a soldier and he is a dedicated legislator. He is a man who cares deeply and would do anything for the three woman (in his family) and the other women of this country.”

The Coakley camp was mum as of the time of this post.  They must be too busy fixing the spelling of Massachusetts in the graphic of the ad.

Brown Responds To Coakley’s Negative Ad…With A Positive Ad UPDATE: Coakley Ad Spells Massachusetts Wrong, Pulled By Campaign

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It looks like it was shot in his own kitchen.

He got a nice dig in with the photo of The Ice Queen with Cadillac Deval and the indicted Ex-Speaker, Sal DiMasi.

Nicely played, Scott.


This is beautiful.  Coakley’s negative Bush/Cheney/Limbaugh ad has Massachusetts spelled wrong in the graphic at the bottom.

I’m Martha Coakley and I approved this crappy, tired ad with my own state spelled wrong.

Does Martha Coakley Only Care About Rape When Abortion Rights Are Involved?

Just as the candidates were exiting the stage after last night’s debate, Coakley’s campaign released a negative ad linking Scott Brown to Eeevil Axis Bush/Cheney/Limbaugh and falsely accusing him of voting to deny health care to rape victims.

By way of background, Coakley’s ad refers to an amendment to a bill which prevented Catholic hospitals from being forced to provide emergency contraception to rape victims, protecting the hospitals’  First Amendment rights.

The ad – and last night’s debate – got me wondering.  It seems as though Coakley only gets passionate about rape when her pet cause of abortion rights may be in jeopardy.

Some examples:

Father John Geoghan:

When Martha Coakley was the Middlesex district attorney, her office prosecuted the Rev. John J. Geoghan based on an allegation that he squeezed the buttocks of a 10-year-old boy a single time at a public swimming pool. The highly publicized 2002 conviction won Coakley widespread praise for bringing the first successful criminal case against the widely accused pedophile, a priest many had called “Father Jack.’’

But seven years earlier, Coakley, then the head of the Middlesex child abuse unit, had Geoghan in her sights and took a dramatically different approach. Back then, three grade-school brothers told investigators that Geoghan had inappropriately touched them during numerous visits to their Waltham home, and had made lewd telephone calls to them. Rather than prosecute, Coakley agreed to grant Geoghan a year of probation in a closed-door proceeding that received no media attention at all.

Because of the deal, Geoghan faced no formal charges and no criminal record.

Keith Winfield:

In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.

Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.

Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.

But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.

It was only after the toddler’s mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.

If she’s so concerned about rape victims, where was the outrage in these two cases?

And then there’s this:

Abortion rights advocates said Coakley, the attorney general, has used whatever position she is in to advance their cause – and that her work predates her time in politics. Before she joined the Middlesex district attorney’s office in 1986, for example, Coakley was a private lawyer who volunteered her time to help minors get court orders for abortions when they could not get their parents’ consent.

And this:

“In one fell swoop, five justices set back the cause of a woman’s individual liberty and self-determination, as well as decades of established legal precedent,’’ she wrote in the co-authored opinion piece.

That same year, Coakley spoke out strongly against a ban on so-called “partial birth abortion,’’ a procedure used late in pregnancies now barred unless the mother’s life is at risk. Unlike Roe v. Wade and other Supreme Court rulings, the ban did not allow an exception to protect the mother’s health, Coakley noted in an op-ed published in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger.

Here is the Coakley ad: