Still time for a few dirty tricks in MA
posted at 12:15 pm on January 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey
You didn’t think the Democratic monopoly would go quietly in Massachusetts just because the voters don’t want them any more, did you? According to Life News, supporters of Martha Coakley launched an effort to suppress the pro-life vote in Massachusetts today by broadcasting disinformation about Scott Brown and his support from Citizens for Life:
Behind in the polls to Republican Senate candidate Scott brown, supporters of pro-abortion candidate Martha Coakley have evidentially reached into their bag of dirty tricks. A Washington, D.C. based company is making calls to Massachusetts residents pretending to represent a prominent pro-life group.
The calls, from 202-461-3441, a Washington number registered to a company called SOOH, claim to be from Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
The caller claims the pro-life group is opposing Scott brown because of his stance against the health care bill, but as MCFL president Anne Fox told LifeNews.com late Monday, the opposite is true.
“Pro-lifers are receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Massachusetts Citizens for Life. The callers say that MCFL is not supporting Scott Brown because of his position on health care,” she said. “The truth is that Massachusetts Citizens for Life is supporting Brown because of his position on health care.”
The same number is also making calls to other state residents with various messages all attacking Brown.
“Pro-lifers are not the only victims of this scam. Our MCFL sleuths have found that this same number is calling people across the state claiming to be different groups with different messages — all anti-Brown,” Fox added.
Does anyone pay attention to Election Day calls from people with obvious axes to grind? These attempts are so clumsy that it’s laughable. After all, the Coakley campaign launched ads over the last week accusing Brown of being in the pocket of the pro-life groups while misrepresenting his vote on emergency care so badly that even liberals objected. Now he’s suddenly anathema to the pro-life crowd? Can’t Coakley and her allies get their smears straight?
Besides, Coakley is more than just a Democratic candidate. She’s also the chief law-enforcement officer in Massachusetts. I’m not familiar with election law in the Bay State, but I’d guess that some regulation prevents or at least discourages this kind of last-minute false advertising. Does it bother Massachusetts voters that the person who would pursue that kind of investigation is the one conducting the disinformation campaign?
Update: Jim Geraghty wonders why Isabel Melendez is handing out absentee ballots on the street:
Could this be the same Isabel Melendez who considered a run for Mayor of Lawrence nine years ago?