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Kirk staffers upset at early Brown oath (ROFL!)
Politico ^ | 2-4-10 | Erika Lovley

Posted on 02/04/2010 7:14:42 PM PST by STARWISE

As Sen. Scott Brown sweeps into his new office, it’s the end of the line for several of Sen. Paul Kirk’s staffers who are being ushered out of jobs a week earlier than expected.

Kirk staffers weren’t talking today, but friends and colleagues of the group say some of the staffers were upset by the accelerated swearing in date. One Democratic colleague said the “carpet was pulled out” from preparations for a day that already promised to be emotional.

Kirk’s office had worked for weeks to turn over the beloved Russell 317 office suite to Brown by Feb. 11, welcoming the Republican’s new staff. A friend of Kennedy’s said Kirk’s staffers had been sadly counting down the days to Feb. 11 — when Brown suddenly said he wanted to be sworn in today.

The announcement appeared to surprise even Brown’s daughter Ayla, a Boston College basketball player, who has a major game against Duke University today.

“On one hand, Kennedy staff is used to packing up and moving. But this was over a week early — it’s a tough adjustment,” said one Democratic Senate aide who is close to Kirk's office. “The staff tried to be incredibly helpful with the transition. They thought they were doing this all right, ... but then Brown receives a call from the Republican leadership and everything changes. … Maybe this is a foreshadow of things to come.”

“So much for change,” sniffed another Democratic Senate staffer. “The question is, why did he suddenly decide in less than 24 hours to come racing down here?”

This afternoon, the nameplate outside Russell 317 still bore Kirk’s name, but the space inside the doors looked oddly sparse. The project for the day was to prepare Kirk for his final floor speech, but the desks were already largely bare, except for a computer and a small bouquet of pink roses. A crystal candy dish sat empty.

Staffers wandered in and out, talking quietly in the front office. One sat in a chair and put his head in his hands. Meanwhile, a sea of noisy camera crews was setting up down the hall, awaiting Kirk’s successor.

Kennedy’s and Kirk's staffers were prized on the Hill for years for their fierce dedication and loyalty, and staffers were not talking today.

The office had largely stopped answering the phone — the press voice mail box was already full by 10 a.m. An announcement on the main line told callers the office was closed.

Paul Kirk’s office had worked for weeks to turn over the beloved Russell 317 office suite to Brown by February 11. Photo: AP

As of tonight, staffers will lose their e-mail addresses. The earlier swearing-in date means one less week of pay for staffers who haven’t secured alternative jobs. However, staffers will remain for an additional 30 days on the government payroll, according to a spokesman for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

“I felt bad for them then. They just lost Kennedy, the guy they loved and adored,” said a Democratic strategist close to Kennedy and Kirk.

But some Hill staffers thought the emotional heaving was overrated.

“Any Capitol Hill staffer who has gone through a campaign cycle knows that this all goes with the territory — it doesn’t make it any easier or [less] inconvenient — but the reality is a new senator is taking office and it’s not like Sen. Kirk’s staff didn’t know this was coming. Once you’re out of a job, one week really doesn’t make a difference or change that reality,” said one Republican aide.

“[Regarding] expectations of working for Coakley, I mean, the election was Jan. 19 — two-plus weeks ago. That’s ample time to recover from any shock and disappointment,” said one Senate Democratic aide. “Regarding the sudden and unexpected passing of a colleague ... that’s definitely a legitimate reason which could have slowed down boxing, record-filing, moving.”

On the Senate floor this afternoon, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) praised the staffers.

“Because of them, countless others like myself have been enlisted in Kennedy and Kirk causes with a great deal of pride,” Durbin said.

During his farewell speech on the Senate floor today, Kirk asked that the names of his staff be inserted into the Congressional Record and thanked them for guiding him through the transition of the office during the past year’s heartache.

“They strove to match [Kennedy’s] unmatchable work ethic,” Kirk said. “They are outstanding public servants who have my outstanding appreciation.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 111th; durbin; hahahaha; kerry; kirk; ma2010; massachusettsmiracle; oathofoffice; scottbrown
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And that goes for the sniveling reporterette, Erika Lovley, too ... LOL. Awwww .. can't you feel their pain? What a GREAT day for liberty and FREEDOM! Thank God, the Massachusetts voters, and our Angel in the Whirlwind. Be the difference, Scott!


1 posted on 02/04/2010 7:14:42 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: STARWISE

They’ve held that seat for 47 years.

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.


2 posted on 02/04/2010 7:16:44 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: STARWISE

Whaaaaaa!!!!!


3 posted on 02/04/2010 7:16:51 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: STARWISE
Pissing off Dem staffers . . . .

In my opinion, he's off to a good start.

4 posted on 02/04/2010 7:17:29 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (This seems like fairly decisive evidence that the dream can, in fact, die.)
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To: STARWISE

Kirk staffers SHOULD be upset. Whenever they go on an away team mission with Spock and McCoy, guess who never comes back?


5 posted on 02/04/2010 7:17:41 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: STARWISE

These assclowns should have been out on the street, pink slips in hand, on January 20th. They got two extra weeks on the government teat. Pound sand!


6 posted on 02/04/2010 7:17:44 PM PST by magellan
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To: STARWISE
“The staff tried to be incredibly helpful with the transition. They thought they were doing this all right, ... but then Brown receives a call from the Republican leadership and everything changes. … Maybe this is a foreshadow of things to come.”

Let's make it so.

7 posted on 02/04/2010 7:18:44 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: STARWISE

Or to paraphrase from the aftermath of the 2000 election: “Get out of Brown’s office!”


8 posted on 02/04/2010 7:18:48 PM PST by magellan
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To: STARWISE
“So much for change,” sniffed another Democratic Senate staffer. “The question is, why did he suddenly decide in less than 24 hours to come racing down here?”

Maybe because of recent news stories about Harry Reid rushing through some votes on appointees and some legislation?

9 posted on 02/04/2010 7:18:54 PM PST by Will88
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To: STARWISE

Ahhhhh. That almost brings a tear to my eyes. Almost. Could be the laughter.


10 posted on 02/04/2010 7:19:58 PM PST by ABQHispConservative (A good Blue Dog is an unelected Blue Dog. Ditto Rino's!)
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To: onyx; Liz; maggief; SoCalPol; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Bahbah; jhw61; Sparky1776; GOPsterinMA; ...

~~PING!


11 posted on 02/04/2010 7:20:12 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

Usurper Dr. Hyde and Mr. Kirk: "Why so serious."

12 posted on 02/04/2010 7:21:14 PM PST by Diogenesis (Alea iacta est.)
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To: STARWISE

They didn’t leave the staff time to remove all the “B’s” from the keyboards!


13 posted on 02/04/2010 7:21:21 PM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., hot enough down there today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Talk about DRAMA QUEENS! Hoping to see MANY more such stories in November . . .


15 posted on 02/04/2010 7:21:50 PM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: Diogenesis

Teeeheeeeheeee ... aww, sniff ...


16 posted on 02/04/2010 7:22:08 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: magellan
“The question is, why did he suddenly decide in less than 24 hours to come racing down here?”

Maybe the question they should be asking is why ObaMao and Dirty Harry tried to crowd rubber stamping of so many of his ultraleft appointments into that last week.

I'll forgive Brown for being a RINO on occasion if he can keep these type of people eternally p*ssed off!

17 posted on 02/04/2010 7:22:21 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Cya Kirk, may the door hit your arse so hard you need no jet flight to Mass. to get back.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 7:22:23 PM PST by cranked
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To: Question Liberal Authority; All
"Kirk staffers SHOULD be upset. Whenever they go on an away team mission with Spock and McCoy, guess who never comes back?"


19 posted on 02/04/2010 7:22:33 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: STARWISE
I see a Hitler parody of those staffers coming tomorrow...

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

20 posted on 02/04/2010 7:23:11 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: STARWISE
Memo to: Kirk Staffers

From: America

F* you, you stinking roaches. You had no goddam business usurping the People's Seat in the first place. Please feel free to take the pipe, or otherwise assume room temperature at your convenience by a method of your choice. Roach motels are available at cost (pay in advance). Cheers.

Signed: The American People.

21 posted on 02/04/2010 7:23:36 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: STARWISE
"some of the staffers were upset by the accelerated swearing in date. One Democratic colleague said the “carpet was pulled out” from preparations for a day that already promised to be emotional.

I just made a capuchino and the dude said I had to get out! WTF?

Dude, Can I get my posters off the wall? Can I get that bong off the shelf?

22 posted on 02/04/2010 7:23:43 PM PST by jaz.357 ("If the present tries to sit in judgment on the past, it will lose the future." W.Churchill)
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To: goldstategop

They’ve probably secured jobs in the
government, which employee sector is
growing at exponential rates.


23 posted on 02/04/2010 7:24:38 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; All

Our Father Who Art in Heaven:

Please bless and guide Scott Brown as he assumes this seat in the US Senate. Help him to choose the harder right, and not the easier wrong. I ask this in Your Son’s name, but will trust in Your will for us here on earth.

Your ways are not our ways, so Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.


24 posted on 02/04/2010 7:24:45 PM PST by jacquej
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To: jacquej

I echo your fervent prayer. Amen.


25 posted on 02/04/2010 7:25:20 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

Cry me a river...


26 posted on 02/04/2010 7:26:48 PM PST by tubebender (Thanks to all the Patriots who support Free Republic financially...)
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To: STARWISE
BTW, Was that 6.5 quake Ted spinning in his grave?

Just askin.

27 posted on 02/04/2010 7:29:03 PM PST by jaz.357 ("If the present tries to sit in judgment on the past, it will lose the future." W.Churchill)
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To: STARWISE

Gee! Erika Lovley wrote a real tear jerker. LOL!


28 posted on 02/04/2010 7:29:06 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: STARWISE

Legally Kirk’s tenure ended at midnight the day of the election. What a bunch of whiners.


29 posted on 02/04/2010 7:30:51 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: STARWISE

Two lessons to learn for RAT staffers.

1. To the victor goes the spoils.

2. If u r a RAT staffer, u might want to start looking for work NOW...before the coming November elections.


30 posted on 02/04/2010 7:31:15 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: Diogenesis

Kirk looks pi$$ed. He really does.

The look on his face basically says “I was told that I got to be US Senator ‘til February 11th!”


31 posted on 02/04/2010 7:35:28 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: STARWISE
Worked for weeks to prepare the office... Horsepucky. They knew the date of the election, they knew their guy wasn't on the ballot, their last day should have been that election night, not weeks later, the lousy crying babies.

Sorry, it's the People's office, not yours. It certainly isn't Krik’s who was never elected to the position, and the law at the time of Kennedy's death stated that no replacement could be appointed, but bah, who cares about laws, they're liberals, they can change it retroactively!

What would be just deserts would be a bill from the American people for stalling getting out of that office.

32 posted on 02/04/2010 7:35:47 PM PST by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: jaz.357; jazusamo; All

LONG LIVE AMERICA !!

33 posted on 02/04/2010 7:35:54 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE
Maybe if they weren't trying to sneak in that rabidly pro-labor NLRB appointee, they could have been spared the hurry. Poor dears.

it isn't the Kennedy office, or the Kirk office. It is the People's office.

34 posted on 02/04/2010 7:37:29 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: STARWISE

It’s not the fault of responsibility of the staffers, but the fact remains that Kirk ceased to a Constitional Senator once the election was completed, regardless of the outcome, and regardless of when the election result was certified or when the new Senator was sworn in.


35 posted on 02/04/2010 7:41:10 PM PST by sourcery (Socialism is the idea that the fruits of your labor belong to the State....)
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To: STARWISE
However, staffers will remain for an additional 30 days on the government payroll,...

America...what a country!
36 posted on 02/04/2010 7:42:15 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: Senator Goldwater

Tough.


37 posted on 02/04/2010 7:43:42 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: STARWISE
Waaaahhhhh!

Didn't have time to steal everything not tied down....

Didn't have time to klintonize (trash) the offices before they left....

Waaaahhhh!

38 posted on 02/04/2010 7:44:40 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: STARWISE
For the Kirk staffers who are so upset:

I'm offering condolences plus the world's smallest violin concert.

And a kleenex...............

39 posted on 02/04/2010 7:46:56 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: STARWISE; nutmeg; onyx; Mears
Like Galvin, these Rat staffers cannot comprehend that they lost.

It reminds me of the Edward G. Robinson character in The Ten Commandents. He was an artistorat, then he was cast out. But he still carried his pompous BS airs about him.

That’s the Rat mentality - they’re better than everyone else. And that could not be further from the truth.

40 posted on 02/04/2010 7:47:09 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (Camelot sleeps with the fishes!)
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To: STARWISE
They didn't get to have their “going away” party...or the party before the “going away” party or Cocktails before and after the drinks after the one after it or the luncheon to honor those who planned the going away party, or the brunch for those who cleaned up after the going away party, but then ordered drinks for the night after the day after party.....all at tax payers expense of course!
41 posted on 02/04/2010 7:48:01 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE
“On one hand, Kennedy staff is used to packing up and moving. But this was over a week early — it’s a tough adjustment,” said one Democratic Senate aide who is close to Kirk's office. “The staff tried to be incredibly helpful with the transition. They thought they were doing this all right, ... but then Brown receives a call from the Republican leadership and everything changes. … Maybe this is a foreshadow of things to come.”

“So much for change,” sniffed another Democratic Senate staffer. “The question is, why did he suddenly decide in less than 24 hours to come racing down here?”

Here is the point we the little people need to understand, these Kennedy/Kirk staffers are the special elite and they should not be treated harshly.

(treated harshly is defined as dealing with real life issues the same as we the little people have to deal with, like suddenly being unemployed, or not being allowed to lounge about in the halls of power sucking the teat of Uncle Sam while subverting the Constitution...)

42 posted on 02/04/2010 7:49:15 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: STARWISE
The world's tiniest violin playing, "My heart pumps piss for them".
43 posted on 02/04/2010 7:49:33 PM PST by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: STARWISE

How many hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their jobs in the past month and how many million in the past year?

Get in line staffers, you have now joined millions of your fellow Americans on the Hope and Change high speed railway.


44 posted on 02/04/2010 7:49:51 PM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: STARWISE
The real interesting thing here is how Kennedy hung on to the seat when he was diagnosed with his brain tumor. If he would have stepped down they could have run another democrat before everyone knew what a loser Obama was and the mood had shifted. Then they would have held on to the seat. Interesting how timing works out.
45 posted on 02/04/2010 7:50:38 PM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: jaz.357
BTW, Was that 6.5 quake Ted spinning in his grave?

Just askin.

Yes, and a 90 foot clear and pink alcohol flame shot out of the eternal flame pot singeing tourist's eyebrows and hats. This caused a temporary warming spot on NOAA radar and Google Earth and an alert to AlGore.

46 posted on 02/04/2010 7:50:47 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: STARWISE

Gee do you suppose the Republican leadership has been reading what theinterwebs have had to say about this? Perhaps Brown thought he should be given the same treatment the dems get being swon in.I mean most of them had to wait what 24 hours or less?*sarcasm*This is not early by my calculations. Hopefully we foiled some of their plans for the next 7 days!


47 posted on 02/04/2010 7:52:15 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: TC Rider

Paging the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ambulance where are you?


48 posted on 02/04/2010 7:52:42 PM PST by italianquaker (My bartender knew about the attempted Christmas attack before odumbo)
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To: onyx; Liz; maggief; SE Mom; Bahbah; hoosiermama; Madame Dufarge; nutmeg; All
" .....but then Brown receives a call from the Republican leadership and everything changes.

According to Brown, that's NOT true, as related in his presser here... and here.

49 posted on 02/04/2010 8:04:03 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

I would be more than happy to help the whining, sniveling, immature liberal pussies out of Senator Brown’s offices with a swift boot to the ass.

I don’t think I have read anything as contemptibly sissified as this account of this group of whiners.


50 posted on 02/04/2010 8:07:55 PM PST by rlmorel (We are traveling "The Road to Serfdom".)
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