Martha Coakley turned the MLK Breakfast into a blatant political pitch to try to drag out a few more votes for her sagging campaign. Scott brown was present, although not invited to speak, but made a blistering attack on her for inappropriate behavior, “I certainly didn’t realize that this was a rally for Martha and I thought it was inappropriate that she was starting to ask for other people’s votes when we were trying to remember Martin Luther King Jr.”
Here it is:
“I thought it was inappropriate to be politicking when we are trying to honor Martin Luther King today. I don’t have any comments on what it says about her. Right now I am not going to comment on anything political right now, we’re going to start campaigning in about a half hour… I certainly didn’t realize that this was a rally for Martha and I thought it was inappropriate that she was starting to ask for other people’s votes when we were trying to remember Martin Luther King Jr. …I don’t remember hearing anything about Martin Luther King except for minor references.”
She actually claimed, “Dr. King would be standing with me if he was alive today.”
This is extremely doubtful as MLK was a Republican, having joined in 1956. This is not surprising as the only real support for civil rights since 1854 came from the Republican Party, which was formed on a platform of abolition of slavery. His contact with the Democrats were not what anyone would wish on his worst enemy.
John F Kennedy who voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act authorized his brother to arrange wiretapping of every place he stayed at, Lyndon B Johnson is said to have stated, "That goddamn nigger preacher may drive me out of the White House." Tossed into the mix were such well known Democrats as George Wallace, Sheriff Clarke, and former Klansman Robert Byrd, who launched a despicable crusade to smear and undermine him.
There is no evidence that King was a masochist so there is little reason to think he would stand with Coakley.