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Obama's disaster envoy -- Bill Clinton -- rushes to Massachusetts.


U.N. Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, Rushes to Disaster Site—Boston!

Obama’s disaster envoy — Bill Clinton — rushes to Massachusetts.

Most Americans have seen Bill Clinton on television, mobilizing worldwide humanitarian assistance in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Haiti.  

But in the process of taking up his new portfolio as U.N. special envoy to Haiti, the 42nd President of the U.S. is also trying to shore up another potential disaster area closer to home:  Massachusetts, where a Suffolk University poll released last night showed Democrat Martha Coakley trailing Republican Scott Brown by four percentage points statewide and only four days before they compete in the race for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat.

So Clinton will appear in Boston this afternoon along with the Bay State’s other U.S. Senator, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, in a last-minute effort to rally Democrats in the state to rally behind Coakley for Tuesday’s special election.  

In a state that last voted Republican for President in 1984 and last elected a Republican senator in 1972, state Attorney General Coakley finds herself in a horserace with Brown, a moderate-to-conservative state senator and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army reserve.  Vowing to be “the 41st senator” that is needed to thwart any Obama-backed health care legislation in the Senate, Brown has rallied supporters ranging from traditional moderate GOPers in Massachusetts to the newer, conservative “tea party crowd.”  

“And are they pounding on doors for him!” one conservative activist from South
Easton, Massachusetts told me this morning, noting that Brown’s headquarters “ran out of bumper stickers” two days before and had to make last-minute orders.  In addition, money is flowing in by the mailbag and on-line to the GOPer, with $1.3 million alone in small donations going to Brown on the morning after his Monday evening televised debate with Coakley.

Although he has the most to lose with a Brown win and the stopping of a health care measure, Barack Obama made clear through Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that a stop in Massachusetts was not on his schedule.  But it is on Bill Clinton’s schedule, as he begins his new mission to a devastating disaster area with a stop in another possible disaster area.

You can contribute to Brown’s campaign by visiting the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Committee website or mailing your contribution to 200 Reservoir Street, Needham, MA 02494.

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