Kerry: ‘Tea Baggers’ Are ‘Revved Up’ About MA Senate Race — But ‘It’s Not Too Late’

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January 18, 2010 6:38 a.m.

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) today attempted to galvanize support for Democratic senate candidate Martha Coakley by referencing the “tea baggers” who are “revved up” by Republican Scott Brown’s momentum in the Massachusetts special election.In a fundraising email, Kerry emphasized Brown’s tea party connections, joining the likes of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who has called Brown “a far-right tea-bagger.”

“Tea bagger,” of course, is a term of some controversy among conservatives, with some even calling it the “N-word” of the conservative movement.

But that didn’t stop Kerry from hitting them where it hurts: “We also see how revved up the tea baggers are at the thought of hijacking health care reform and every chance we have at making progress in Washington.”

He continued:

Shady right-wing organizations and out of state conservatives have descended upon the state in droves. They don’t represent Massachusetts values, but their enthusiasm – and cold, hard cash – could be enough to tip this election.

Kerry also said that “this race is a jump-ball. It all depends on turnout now. And it’s not too late to make a difference.”

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