Raking in Pharma Dough while Pushing Opponents Out of the Way (literally)

Following the MA Senate debate on Monday, Martha Coakley was off to Washington DC where a big fundraiser was being held for her. Per the Washington Examiner,

17 of the 22 names on the host committee are federally registered lobbyists. Fifteen of those 17 have big health care clients such as Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health among many others. In addition, among the other five hosts there are direction connections via marriage and/or direct professional ties to the health care industry.

After the fundraising event, Coakley took two questions from reporters. But she refused to answer any questions from John McCormack of The Weekly Standard. And Mr. McCormack had excellent questions. He wanted to follow up on a remark Coakley made during the debate when she claimed there are no terrorists in Afghanistan. Mr. McCormack continued to walk with her, asking why health care lobbyists were supporting her fundraiser. Coakley refused to answer.

Per Mr. McCormack, he was then shoved against a railing, fell to the ground, was offered help getting up by the same man who shoved him, but was then physically blocked by the man. There is a video tape of the event here.




Per several reports, the man has been identified as Michael Meehan, President of Blue Line Strategic Communications. He is also one of four nominated by Obama to the Broadcasing Board of Governors. Mr. Meehan asked for Mr. McCormack's identification (even though they were on a public street), but Meehan refused to reveal his own identity when Mr. McCormack asked who he was.

And Coakley has found a way to blame this all on Scott Brown!

Yes, Martha Coakley is blaming GOP stalkers, and specifically citing "Scott Brown stalkers."

Oh, and for anyone interested. Martha Coakley witnessed Mr. McCormack's crash to the sidewalk, looked back, saw him lying there and continued walking.

Per Mr. McCormack:  "She knew that there was a reporter who asked her a question. We had met before. I asked her four questions. She saw me get knocked to the ground and kept walking," said McCormack. "I wouldn't say I was surprised. ... She's decided she's entitled to the seat without answering questions on issues that are of national importance."

The people of Massachusetts and all Americans deserve better than this.

Support Scott Brown every day between now and January 19th. There isn't a moment to lose.
Following the MA Senate debate on Monday, Martha Coakley was off to Washington DC where a big fundraiser was being held for her. Per the Washington Examiner,

17 of the 22 names on the host committee are federally registered lobbyists. Fifteen of those 17 have big health care clients such as Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health among many others. In addition, among the other five hosts there are direction connections via marriage and/or direct professional ties to the health care industry.

After the fundraising event, Coakley took two questions from reporters. But she refused to answer any questions from John McCormack of The Weekly Standard. And Mr. McCormack had excellent questions. He wanted to follow up on a remark Coakley made during the debate when she claimed there are no terrorists in Afghanistan. Mr. McCormack continued to walk with her, asking why health care lobbyists were supporting her fundraiser. Coakley refused to answer.

Per Mr. McCormack, he was then shoved against a railing, fell to the ground, was offered help getting up by the same man who shoved him, but was then physically blocked by the man. There is a video tape of the event here.




Per several reports, the man has been identified as Michael Meehan, President of Blue Line Strategic Communications. He is also one of four nominated by Obama to the Broadcasing Board of Governors. Mr. Meehan asked for Mr. McCormack's identification (even though they were on a public street), but Meehan refused to reveal his own identity when Mr. McCormack asked who he was.

And Coakley has found a way to blame this all on Scott Brown!

Yes, Martha Coakley is blaming GOP stalkers, and specifically citing "Scott Brown stalkers."

Oh, and for anyone interested. Martha Coakley witnessed Mr. McCormack's crash to the sidewalk, looked back, saw him lying there and continued walking.

Per Mr. McCormack:  "She knew that there was a reporter who asked her a question. We had met before. I asked her four questions. She saw me get knocked to the ground and kept walking," said McCormack. "I wouldn't say I was surprised. ... She's decided she's entitled to the seat without answering questions on issues that are of national importance."

The people of Massachusetts and all Americans deserve better than this.

Support Scott Brown every day between now and January 19th. There isn't a moment to lose.