Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in Washington seeking more federal aid for California to help deal with state's budget crisis, said today that Massachusetts Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley should not have tried to cloak herself in the legacy of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the governor's uncle by marriage.
In Tuesday's special election to fill the seat long held by Kennedy, Coakley lost to Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, a stunning outcome in the famously left-leaning state.
"Anyone else that tries to use that name and to step in and says, 'And I'm going to protect the Kennedy legacy' �" that didn't work," Schwarzenegger said as he emerged from a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Because the people know that there's only one that can really protect the Kennedy legacy and this was Teddy, or, you know, one from that family. But not someone from the outside.