Republican Scott Brown is the victor in the special election tonight for Senate in Massachusetts over Democrat Martha Coakley, 52 to 47 percent.
“I bet they can hear this cheering all the way in Washington, D.C.,” Brown told a cheering crowd. “I hope they’re paying close attention because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken. Tonight the independent majority has delivered a great victory. I thank the people of Massachusetts for electing me as your next United States senator.” Then he held up a copy of the Boston Herald with the headline, “He did it!”
“This is the people’s seat! I spoke to interim Sen. Paul Kirk and he has completed his work. He said he will help me with the transition. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. I’m ready to go to Washington without delay. I also want to thank Martha Coakley — it was a hard contest and now we must come together as a commonwealth. When I spoke to the president the first thing I said was, would you like me to drive the truck down to Washington so you can see it. [The crowd chanted, “Gas up the truck!”] And then I said, Mr. President, I know you like baseketball, so why don’t you take your best player and I’ll take Ayla and we’ll play you two on two.
“When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere and they [Democrats] know it. One thing is clear, people do not want the trillion dollar healthcare plan that is being forced on the American people. This bill will destroy jobs and will run our nation deeper into debt. It’s not in the interest of our country and our state and we can do better. I will work in the Senate to put government back on the side of people who create jobs. I will work to defend our nation’s interests and keep our military second to none. I will keep faith with all of those who have served and get our veterans the benefits they deserve.
“To people who want to harm the United States I say, I believe our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation. They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in war time. And the message we need to send in dealing with terrorists is our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them and not lawyers to defend them. Giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country.
“They [Democrats] thought they owned your vote. They thought that they couldn’t vote. But tonight you, and you, and you, and you, you all set them straight. And across this country, we are united by basic convictions that only need to be stated clearly to win a majority. What happened here in Massachusetts can happen all over America. We are all witnesses that hard work and strength of heart can overcome the machine”
The crowd cheered as Brown concluded, “I’m nobody’s senator except yours.”
Brown also credited Sen. John McCain with giving him the courage he needed to take on the fight at the very beginning of his campaign.
In addition, Brown acknowledged the contributions of his predecessor, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Karl Rove said tonight on Fox News that the White House has “gone viciously after Martha Coakley,” blaming her for losing in a state Obama carried by 26 points. Rove predicts that Obama will continue to press his healthcare reform legislation and that we will see “hardball, Chicago-style politics” to get the Democratic agenda passed.