If Ted Kennedy was still with us in the Senate, I'm certain he'd proudly vote "aye" to pass the most progressive step towards universal coverage in four decades. And the Democrat running to fill his seat, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, has pledged she'd do the same.
But Martha is running neck-and-neck against a Republican, state senator Scott Brown, who would betray Ted Kennedy's proud legacy of fighting for the uninsured.
We need Martha Coakley's vote in the Senate to pass real health care reform this year -- and to do that, we need to act now to make sure she has the resources she needs to hold on to Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate.
Attorney General Martha Coakley has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to public service. She's a self-described "progressive" when it comes to health care, and has spent much of her career challenging the Wall Street firms that brought on the financial crisis.
Vicki Kennedy, the late Senator's wife, attests, "My husband fought for health care reform for more than 40 years. Martha Coakley shares those critical beliefs."
If elected, Martha Coakley will continue Ted Kennedy's proud, progressive legacy in the U.S. Senate -- on issues ranging from health care reform to financial regulation.
But a recent poll shows Martha trailing her Republican opponent by a point -- within the poll's margin of error. That spurred a one-day $1.3 million online fundraising haul for her opponent yesterday, fueled by national Republicans and special interests who'd like nothing more than to replace Ted Kennedy with a tried and true right-winger.
We need to help Martha fight back, right now, in these last few days before the special election.
Please click here to make an emergency contribution to Martha Coakley's campaign before next Tuesday's special election -- and keep Ted Kennedy's seat in our column.
Republicans only need to pick up one more vote in the Senate to derail health care reform. And there's no doubt Scott Brown would cast that fatal vote of opposition, recently boasting "as the 41st senator I can stop a lot of this stuff in its tracks."
It would be an awful shame to see a right-winger take Ted Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate, and take down health care reform, but I'm confident that if we act now Martha Coakley can keep this seat in the Democratic column.
Thank you so much for supporting Martha Coakley's campaign today.