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article imageGOP Concerned Over Stonewalling In Massachusetts

By Michael Bearak     Jan 13, 2010 in Politics
GOP members are concerned that should Scott Brown win the vacant seat that Democrats may drag out the certification process so that Brown can not be involved with the health care legislation.
Republican Scott Brown is facing an up hill battle in the state of Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate. Recent polls though show him gaining ground on Democrat and State Attorney General Martha Coakley.
The Secretary for the Commonwealth, William Galvin, it was reported in the Boston Globe, would wait until February 20th to certify the election, which would make it too late for Brown (or Coakley) to be involved in the health care vote.
Brown has said that if elected he would help ensure a Republican Filibuster and send the bill back to the drawing board.
On Tuesday Brown expressed concern that on both the state and federal level that there would be stonewalling involved to prevent him from representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In a statement to Fox News he said, "When I heard ... the machine, not only locally but nationally, is trying to manipulate the process and make sure that if I'm elected, a duly elected senator, I can't be seated in an effort to vote on this important piece of national legislation, it made me almost sick to my stomach,"
A spokesman for Galvin's office said that a February 20th date seemed too far off, also Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated that as soon as the election was certified that the Senate would be prepared for swear in the winner.
Two different polls in the Commonwealth have come forth with very different standings in the race. A Boston Globe poll of 544 from January 2-6 has Coakley up 15%. Public Policy Polling group has it as a toss up at 48% to 47% in favor of Brown after polling 744 people.
Additional Information can be read at Fox News on this topic.
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