A Few Campaign Items

--Yesterday afternoon, Massachusetts's two current US Senators, John Kerry and Paul Kirk, led several others in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to grant Temporary Protected Status to Haitians currently living illegally in the US, in light of the earthquake's devastation. I asked both the Coakley and Brown campaigns whether the candidates support this position. That was at around 5:00pm yesterday; neither has provided me an answer as of noon.

--The Coakley campaign sent out press releases this morning about the Bill Clinton rallies tomorrow in Boston and Worcester, so apparently as of now he's still planning on coming, despite his duties as UN special envoy to Haiti.

--An embarrassing moment for Coakley yesterday, at a campaign event at the Kit Clark Senior Service Center in Dorchester. Coakley was introduced there by Dorchester state representative Linda Dorcena Forry. According to people who witnessed it, before taking the stage Coakley kept referring to Forry as "Marie" -- apparently confusing her with Boston's other Haitian-American state representative, Marie St. Fleur. Another local pol had to step in and correct Coakley so that she did not make the same error on stage.

--Libertarian activist Carla Howell has been pounding Scott Brown in missives to Tea Party Activists. This morning's screams that "Scott Brown Repeatedly Voted for NEW Big Government Programs, INCREASED SPENDING FOR Big Government Programs, and FOR Higher and Higher yearly Massachusetts state Government Spending during his 11 years in the legislature." It concludes: "Remember, we do NOT want you to stay home on Election Day. We do NOT want you to vote for the other Big Government candidate, Martha Coakley. Tomorrow, we'll show you a choice that will give your vote 100 times the impact - and will REALLY dramatically advance the Tea Party cause this November...and beyond." Could she hurt Brown among this crowd -- especially after Brown reportedly claimed not to know about the Tea Party movement?

--I'm apparently going to be all over the media talking about the race, including, at 12:30 today, Emily Rooney's radio show on WGBH, and Radio Boston on WBUR tomorrow at 1:00. Listen in!

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