Republicans Call for Massachusetts Special Senate Election Results to Be Certified ‘Without Delay’

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | January 20, 2010 | 5:35 PM EST

U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass., smiles as he addresses reporters during a news conference at the Park Plaza hotel in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, day after his stunning Massachusetts Senate victory. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

( – Four Republican congressmen have written to Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin, calling on him to certify the results of Tuesday’s special Senate election “without delay or political games” so that Sen.-elect Scott Brown can be sworn in.
Brown’s victory over state’s attorney general, Democrat Martha Coakley, “proves that the American people reject a government takeover of health care and oppose higher taxes, more spending, and bigger government,” Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) said in a statement. Massachusetts “cast a strong vote against the Democratic Leadership’s liberal agenda and in support of the ideals of freedom and free markets,” he added.
“The people of Massachusetts have spoken. They deserve to have their duly-elected Senator sworn into office as soon as possible, and we urge the Secretary of the Commonwealth to certify this election quickly and without partisan political games,” Mack said.
Scott’s victory is pivotal in the GOP’s quest to block President Obama’s health care bill. Brown would be the 41st vote that Republicans need to sustain a filibuster.
“As the Secretary of the Commonwealth and Massachusetts’ top election official, it is now your obligation to certify this election without delay. Do not politicize, undermine, or cheapen this historic moment,” Mack wrote in a letter also signed by Reps. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), and Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.).
“The people of Massachusetts deserve to have their duly-elected Senatorial representation in place as soon as possible. For the sake of the Commonwealth and our nation, please put special-interest politics aside and heed the voice of the public.  Nothing less is acceptable,” the congressmen wrote.
Meanwhile, Scott said Wednesday that he spoke to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry and he doesn’t expect to have any problems being seated in the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. Scott plans to travel to the nation’s capital on Thursday.