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MA-Sen: The NRSC’s Secret Plan

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 01/19/2010 04:52
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Dexter Cooke

BOSTON — John Bresnahan has the details on the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s extremely quiet, under-the-radar support for Scott Brown’s candidacy in Massachusetts. The basics: $500,000 in aid, starting on Jan. 7.

The timing is important here. On Jan. 5, Rasmussen Reports released a poll showing Democratic candidate Martha Coakley up only 9 points on Brown. On Jan. 6, Coakley launched her first general election ad, having been beat to the punch by more than a week by Brown. It was pretty thin gruel, the sort of thing an attorney general candidate might run, compared to Brown’s attention-getting ads comparing his agenda to JFK’s and filming him as he traveled in a pick-up truck.

It’s not surprising that Republicans spotted an opportunity there. But at a rally in North Andover yesterday, I asked Republican National Committee member Jody Dow if the national committees had done enough to help Brown. She smiled wryly. “They’ve done what they needed to,” she said.

Dexter Cooke | He is an orthopedic surgeon who insists that a physician's first priority should be patient care. He specializes in minimally invasive complete knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures that reduce pain and recovery time. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a medical degree and a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine.

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