Kerry Picket at the Washington Times has a post today about the 2004 special election that put Scott Brown in the Massachusetts state senate. In it she links to an article in the Boston Phoenix that quotes a Democratic operative who admits cheating in an effort to undermine Brown’s election chances (emphasis mine):
In 2004, Brown won a special election to become state senator, despite the state Democrats scheduling the election to coincide with the Presidential primary, when Democrats would be flocking to vote for John Kerry. (As one Democratic operative recently put it to me: “We cheated, and he still beat us.”) Brown then won a re-match in November, on the same ballot as Kerry vs. Bush.
The Democrats have held that seat for so long that they feel as if they are entitled to it. Even David Gergen in a debate between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley referred to it as Teddy Kennedy’s seat in a question to Brown.
At this point the Dems have out spent Brown by 2-1, but it doesn’t seem to to helping much. According to the latest poll out this morning in the Boston Herald, Brown has opened up a 4 point lead over Coakley:
Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.
Although Brown’s 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey’s margin of error, the underdog’s position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.
“It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape.”