Coakley ad ‘patently false,’ Brown threatens legal action

Byron York
Washington Examiner
1/17/10

Representatives of Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown say Democratic candidate Martha Coakley has until Tuesday to retract an incendiary campaign mailing or Brown will take legal action. At issue is a Coakley flier charging that Brown would have Massachusetts hospitals turn away all rape victims, a claim which a Brown spokeswoman called “a lie,” “patently false,” and “atrocious.” “The campaign is calling on Martha Coakley and [Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman] John Walsh to retract the false statement,” says Tarah Donoghue, a spokeswoman for the state Republican party who is speaking on behalf of the Brown campaign. “We’re going to give them until Tuesday morning to do the right thing.”

The flier, sent recently to voters by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, says: 1,736 WOMEN WERE RAPED IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 2008. SCOTT BROWN WANTS HOSPITALS TO TURN THEM ALL AWAY.

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The inner pages of the flier claim Brown will “take us backwards on women’s health and rights.” While Brown objects to the entire content of the ad, his lawyer argues that the front page is such an outrageous falsehood that it violates Massachusetts law governing false statements in political campaigns.

“The lie is on the front page, which is what the voter sees when they open up their mail,” says Dan Winslow, counsel for the Brown campaign. “There is a lot of room in a political campaign for rough and tumble and sharp elbows and advocacy. But the bottom line is, you can’t lie. You cannot lie to try to win an election, particularly at the 11th hour when it may be too late to change the lie. That in itself corrupts the democratic process.”

Winslow cites a state law which says “No person shall make or publish, or cause to be made or published, any false statement in relation to any candidate for nomination or election to public office, which is designed or tends to aid or to injure or defeat such candidate.”

Read the entire article at the Examiner.

And, more news from MA about Coakley’s inappropriate use of ad material via Jim Hoft at BigGovernment.com:

Scott Brown is holding a press conference at 4:00 PM EST. (From contacts in Massachusetts) He may sue the Democratic Party for using his picture on ads as a UPS driver…

The Boston Herald reported on this Coakley ad earlier today—

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UPS is not happy that the Democratic Party campaign pamphlet attacking Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown used the company’s slogan “What can brown do for you?”

Evidently, Scott Brown is not happy about this either.

It looks like the Democrats will have to play defense… Can’t wait to see Obama on stage tomorrow.

Look for updates at Gateway Pundit.

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