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Scott Brown to be Certified Today

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 12:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts officials will certify the January 19 election results today, paving the way for Scott Brown’s swearing-in:

“Massachusetts officials are planning to formally certify the special US Senate election results today, allowing Senator-elect Scott Brown to be sworn in at any point afterward. Aides to Brown and the Senate leadership say the induction is planned for Feb. 11.”

Assuming, however, the State officials do their part:

“After the council approves the results, Governor Deval Patrick and the secretary of state need to sign off on the certification. A certificate will then be given to Brown and provided to the secretary of the US Senate.”

1,900 military ballots still remain to be tallied but they would not change the outcome.


28 Responses to “Scott Brown to be Certified Today”

  1. It is sickening that it required this much noise.

    The democrats are absolutely lawless. If Scott Brown wasn’t able to make the democrats look bad, and make this a political liability, fairness would do absolutely nothing to stop them.

    Kirk already voted on the debt ceiling and many other things. That’s denying the people their choice to choose their representation.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  2. Democrats, lie cheat and steal, as long as they know the lame stream media will cover for them … they will continue to do so.

    bill-tb (541ea9)

  3. It is questionable that Brown should have been sworn in before Massachusetts certified, but it is also questionable that Kirk should have continued to vote after the election. I’m told that normal precedent is that the incoming Senator is credited with service back to the date of special election, and that the interim Senator’s term ends at that point.

    Of course, the Republicans could have made an issue out of it via a Point of Order, and they did not.

    Kevin Murphy (805c5b)

  4. I will believe it when it happens.

    JD (957fb5)

  5. Getting quite sick and tired of the GOP’s lie – down on this and so many other issues of vital importance. Stop being such a bunch of wussies, and start laying down some damn markers.

    Dmac (539341)

  6. Is it possible that once Senator Brown is sworn in, he’ll be able to challenge the votes cast by interim-Senator Kirk ? Just because the Dems in the Senate accepted Kirk’s votes – that doesn’t mean that those votes will stand, necessarily …

    What is the law on that ? (Or what are the existing precedents ?)

    Something doesn’t feel quite right to call it a “lie-down” – the current GOP Senators include some remarkably smart and effective ones … with that said, I look forward to finding out why they chose the path they did to get to Senator Brown’s swearing-in …

    Alasdair (9012dd)

  7. Although Paul Kirk may be old enough to be your father, Dustin, he’s not “your father’s Democrat”.

    He wants to make sure he does as much damage as he can.

    GeneralMalaise (55c598)

  8. Kirk was one of the lying weasels that helped “Teddy” out of his mess @ Chappaquiddick. A truly vile human being.

    Old Coot (ddf8be)

  9. ‘He wants to make sure he does as much damage as he can.

    Comment by GeneralMalaise’

    No doubt. We know the democrats think these appointments are a “fucking valuable thing”, so I’m sure he is obligated to pay the right people for this title of nobility these democrats think elected office is.

    Most things about this government make me laugh, but this makes me angry. It’s deeply and obviously wrong. If a Republican did it, I would be furious, albeit much more surprised.

    I think the GOP is giving the dems rope to hang themselves with. Protesting this, which Brown just did, caused the dems to cave. Perhaps they wanted this injustice to illustrate the basic lawlessness without having to take a stand on the debt ceiling (Which is a sad thing about the GOP).

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  10. EMK was seated the day after his initial election. There was no issue of a possible recount, so the Senate sat him. There is NO issue of recount. Brown leads by tens of thousands, with only 1,900 ballot potentially to be counted.

    This is fraud of the highest order.

    Gutless Republicans. Mendacious media.

    We are so screwed.

    Ed from SFV (f6a87d)

  11. So now can we have national romney care?

    imdw (00bfab)

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  13. A truly vile human being.

    but of course. after all, he’s a liberal democrat, but i repeat myself.

    they are all scum.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  14. Comment by bill-tb — 2/3/2010 @ 1:47 pm

    Extensive study and research has revealed that the negative behavior you despise only happens under the following conditions:
    When they’re alone or with somebody!

    AD - RtR/OS! (b1d1f9)

  15. It looks like Brown will have similar amount of experience come next potus election as ear leader did when he ran. Is there any question that Brown could possibly be the GOP nominee? Palin had far more experience running things but was castigated far and wide for being unfit by the media and many women. In any case it was great to see the libtards in Mass. lose the Teddy Senate seat. I’m hoping Brown will be a breath of fresh air, but as far as I see nearly all Senators are assclowns of the first order.

    Whomever comes up with GOP Senate questionnaires is also clueless and arrogant. Those bozos just sent me a form that to paraphrase says I have to fill it out or return it as it must be accounted for. Screw them. They also ask for donations and even if you don’t want to bother to be supportive of the GOP, still think you need to send the form back to them along with $11 to help defray their expenses for resubmitting it to someone else?? HARDEEHARHAR.

    I’ve never given the GOP or Dems one nickel so where do they get their ideas that someone will give them money? Lurch sKerry was another one petitioning me for support back in his run for potus.

    Also special election here in Fla. for Bobby Wexler’s seat in Congress. Didn’t even realize that twat was running some group seeking mideast peace.

    aoibhneas (02d046)

  16. #

    So now can we have national romney care?

    Comment by imdw — 2/3/2010 @ 4:38 pm

    Like it or not, the voters say “hell no”. So no, you can’t have your Obamacare or Romneycare or Hillary care. Ain’t gonna happen.

    Obama couldn’t get the job done. He isn’t ready to lead.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  17. I agree Dustin

    you can pick yourself up now….

    EricPWJohnson (d0c4eb)

  18. I’m not surprised we agree on stuff. We also disagree on stuff. No sweat, man.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  19. “Like it or not, the voters say “hell no”. So no, you can’t have your Obamacare or Romneycare or Hillary care. Ain’t gonna happen.”

    I don’t think the “no” is so emphatic. But it is true the legislation is imperiled.

    imdw (de7003)

  20. Another thing the voters said was that Scott Brown is their senator, and it sure took a while for the so-called democratic party to get the ball rolling on letting him have his rightful vote.

    so I won’t be surprised when the democrats actually do ignore that the people don’t want this reform right now. But it’s simply not going to happen. The House barely passed this crap when things were a hell of a lot easier.

    but this is a democracy, and those democrats who want this takeover should make clear that they will keep this up. Preferably in late October.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  21. #7, there is no possibility of do-overs on votes. Any Senator could have objected at the time. None did. End of story.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  22. Kevin – #22 – I wasn’t implying a “do-over” – I’m asking if the result of the vote can be struck down, or annulled, or whatever might be the appropriate term for a vote “mistakenly” counted ?

    F’r’instance, SCOTUS can find that something is unconstitutional and effectively nullify that vote when there are sufficient grounds to do so … could Kirk no longer being senator be such sufficient grounds ?

    Alasdair (205079)

  23. I just noticed how ridiculous the title of this post sounds, although it made perfect sense when I wrote it. For the record: Brown’s election is being certified, not him.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  24. i had resisted making that joke….. do i get a beer or something for being good?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  25. To quote the Dead Puppy Letter, you get a high five, but it’s real and not half-hearted.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

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