Why haven’t you heard of Ann Wofford GOP candidate in MA 3 Update: Debate Video

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Why haven't you heard of Ann Wofford GOP candidate in MA 3 Update: Debate Video

Let me intro­duce you to Ann Wof­ford she is the GOP can­di­date run­ning in the Mass­a­chu­setts 3rd Dis­trict for congress

Yes­ter­day I had the plea­sure of watch­ing her debate incum­bent Niki Tsongas in Devens Ma. and if you fol­low­ing my livetweet of the debate you would real­ize she is some­thing special.

Tsongas is a prac­ticed debater and a well spo­ken woman but Wof­ford not only answered ques­tions directly but her plain-​spoken oppo­nent was not only more than a match for her but bluntly spoke truths that would make any Con­ser­v­a­tives’ heart go pit­ter pat­ter on com­pre­hen­sive healthcare

On Obama

and Big government

Those three quotes: The Fed­eral gov­ern­ment is not here to save us, Nobody believes this pres­i­dent any­more and “Con­gress has shown it can’t to com­pre­hen­sive any­thing” would all be best sell­ers at any GOP event nation­wide and are sen­ti­ments that a major­ity of the coun­try might support.

And when Niki Tsongas pushed a min­i­mum wage increase as a panacea for women in dis­tress & the mid­dle class in dis­tress Wof­ford bluntly answered “We live in two dif­fer­ent worlds.” that pretty much sums up con­ser­v­a­tives vs lib­er­als on real life. I summed up the debate here

And livetweeted through­out the event. I didn’t shoot much video other than the clos­ing statements

but the Low­ell Sun site has video avail­able. but that not what struck me about this debate.

as I men­tioned when sum­ming up this is the first time I’ve gone to a Tsongas debate and didn’t see a line of Niki Tsongas yard signs lin­ing the road that you take to the debate, in fact if I didn’t know which road to take or have printed direc­tions a per­son dri­ving through the main road through Devens who have absolutely no idea this event was going on.

I sub­mit and sug­gest this was delib­er­ate, Tsongas is a good can­di­date but Wof­ford is an impres­sive woman and the last thing you want if you are an incum­bent of the Gilli­gan party in one of the most depressed dis­tricts in a state is to high­light an oppo­nent that sim­ply radi­ates competence.

But that point raises another. It’s one week before elec­tion day. Why am I only now dis­cov­er­ing this about Ann Wofford?

The dis­trict is con­sid­ered rel­a­tively com­pet­i­tive, and Tsongas has sev­eral times barely cleared 50 per­cent against rel­a­tively unknown and out­spent GOP oppo­nents. There have even been com­pet­i­tive pri­maries for the chance to face her.

But this time, nobody stepped up — which is why, Wof­ford tells me, she decided to do it her­self. “I just feel that is out­ra­geous,” for the incum­bent to go unchal­lenged, she says. “I do not feel that I am rep­re­sented by my cur­rent con­gressper­son, and I refuse to be told you have no choice.”

In a year when com­pe­tence is the #1 issue, in an era where the left is con­stantly push­ing the “anti-​woman gop” lie don’t you think that a highly com­pe­tent, poised woman who can go toe to toe with a long-​term incum­bent might be some­one you want to push? Par­tic­u­larly when you’ve only got three con­tested con­gres­sional seats in the state:

Wof­ford, a chem­i­cal engi­neer with 17 years in the pri­vate sec­tor, was raised in West­ern Mass­a­chu­setts and now lives in Haver­hill with her hus­band and two daugh­ters. She empha­sizes fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity, con­cerns about the Afford­able Care Act (her hus­band works in New Hamp­shire, where just one provider par­tic­i­pates in the health insur­ance exchange), and secur­ing the bor­ders against ille­gal immi­grants. Her rhetoric, while not rabid by any means, is a bit too Tea Party-​tinged for most of the state, but will res­onate with a lot of peo­ple in that district.

So will her demands for more trans­parency in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, and her charge of “dys­func­tion” in Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics. “It’s a sep­a­rate world, where they help each other,” while the mid­dle class stag­nates, she says.

So you’ve got an intel­li­gent, well edu­cated and suc­cess­ful woman run­ning in a com­pet­i­tive dis­trict and the party is doing squat to push her? Excuse me?

If I was the in charge of push­ing the GOP in the state nei­ther I nor any of my sur­ro­gates would be mak­ing a media appear­ance with­out men­tion­ing Ann Wof­ford. If I had a vis­it­ing out-​of-​state party mem­ber vis­it­ing I’d have Ann on stage to meet them. The moment any per­son from either the left or the press (but I repeat myself) breathed the words “War on Woman” I’d be throw­ing Ann Wof­ford in their faces.

At the very least, Wof­ford stands as a wel­come female face for a Mass­a­chu­setts Repub­li­can Party sorely lack­ing them. Good luck try­ing to remem­ber the last Repub­li­can woman nom­i­nee, let alone win­ner, for Con­gress or U.S. Sen­ate in the Bay State.

On the national level I under­stand the party not putting a lot of resources into Mass­a­chu­setts because, well it’s Mass­a­chu­setts one of only 4 states that Obama is not upside down but that doesn’t excuse peo­ple at the state level not get­ting the word out. Other than Mary Lotz, Frank Ardinger and Richard Shuf­ford I haven’t even heard a per­son men­tion her name. let alone tweet it.

After all how are you going to get the national party to kick in to turn things around if you don’t even let them see when you have a dia­mond in the rough?

I admit that this is my first piece on Wof­ford this cycle & I should have got­ten to her sooner but despite what some might think I’m not paid to pro­mote the GOP (although hits to DaTip­Jar are hap­pily accepted) and there are peo­ple in the party who are, hell I’m not even a republican.

Any­way her web site is here. She deserves your sup­port and atten­tion because this is a woman to watch even if you have to fig­ure out to watch her on your own.

Update: Via the Low­ell Sun & Fitch­burg Sen­tinel the full debate video

I’d be tweet­ing this out all over if I was the GOP

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Let me introduce you to Ann Wofford she is the GOP candidate running in the Massachusetts 3rd District for congress

Yesterday I had the pleasure of watching her debate incumbent Niki Tsongas in Devens Ma. and if you following my livetweet of the debate you would realize she is something special.

Tsongas is a practiced debater and a well spoken woman but Wofford not only answered questions directly but her plain-spoken opponent was not only more than a match for her but bluntly spoke truths that would make any Conservatives’ heart go pitter patter on comprehensive healthcare

On Obama

and Big government

Those three quotes: The Federal government is not here to save us, Nobody believes this president anymore and “Congress has shown it can’t to comprehensive anything” would all be best sellers at any GOP event nationwide and are sentiments that a majority of the country might support.

And when Niki Tsongas pushed a minimum wage increase as a panacea for women in distress & the middle class in distress Wofford bluntly answered “We live in two different worlds.” that pretty much sums up conservatives vs liberals on real life. I summed up the debate here

And livetweeted throughout the event. I didn’t shoot much video other than the closing statements

but the Lowell Sun site has video available. but that not what struck me about this debate.

as I mentioned when summing up this is the first time I’ve gone to a Tsongas debate and didn’t see a line of Niki Tsongas yard signs lining the road that you take to the debate, in fact if I didn’t know which road to take or have printed directions a person driving through the main road through Devens who have absolutely no idea this event was going on.

I submit and suggest this was deliberate, Tsongas is a good candidate but Wofford is an impressive woman and the last thing you want if you are an incumbent of the Gilligan party in one of the most depressed districts in a state is to highlight an opponent that simply radiates competence.

But that point raises another. It’s one week before election day. Why am I only now discovering this about Ann Wofford?

The district is considered relatively competitive, and Tsongas has several times barely cleared 50 percent against relatively unknown and outspent GOP opponents. There have even been competitive primaries for the chance to face her.

But this time, nobody stepped up—which is why, Wofford tells me, she decided to do it herself. “I just feel that is outrageous,” for the incumbent to go unchallenged, she says. “I do not feel that I am represented by my current congressperson, and I refuse to be told you have no choice.”

In a year when competence is the #1 issue, in an era where the left is constantly pushing the “anti-woman gop” lie don’t you think that a highly competent, poised woman who can go toe to toe with a long-term incumbent might be someone you want to push?  Particularly when you’ve only got three contested congressional seats in the state:

Wofford, a chemical engineer with 17 years in the private sector, was raised in Western Massachusetts and now lives in Haverhill with her husband and two daughters. She emphasizes fiscal responsibility, concerns about the Affordable Care Act (her husband works in New Hampshire, where just one provider participates in the health insurance exchange), and securing the borders against illegal immigrants. Her rhetoric, while not rabid by any means, is a bit too Tea Party-tinged for most of the state, but will resonate with a lot of people in that district.

So will her demands for more transparency in the federal government, and her charge of “dysfunction” in Washington politics. “It’s a separate world, where they help each other,” while the middle class stagnates, she says.

So you’ve got an intelligent, well educated and successful woman running in a competitive district and the party is doing squat to push her?  Excuse me?

If I was the in charge of pushing the GOP in the state neither I nor any of my surrogates would be making a media appearance without mentioning Ann Wofford. If I had a visiting out-of-state party member visiting I’d have Ann on stage to meet them. The moment any person from either the left or the press (but I repeat myself) breathed the words “War on Woman” I’d be throwing Ann Wofford in their faces.

At the very least, Wofford stands as a welcome female face for a Massachusetts Republican Party sorely lacking them. Good luck trying to remember the last Republican woman nominee, let alone winner, for Congress or U.S. Senate in the Bay State.

On the national level I understand the party not putting a lot of resources into Massachusetts because, well it’s Massachusetts one of only 4 states that Obama is not upside down but that doesn’t excuse people at the state level not getting the word out. Other than Mary Lotz, Frank Ardinger and Richard Shufford I haven’t even heard a person mention her name. let alone tweet it.

After all how are you going to get the national party to kick in to turn things around if you don’t even let them see when you have a diamond in the rough?

I admit that this is my first piece on Wofford this cycle & I should have gotten to her sooner but despite what some might think I’m not paid to promote the GOP (although hits to DaTipJar are happily accepted) and there are people in the party who are, hell I’m not even a republican.

Anyway her web site is here. She deserves your support and attention because this is a woman to watch even if you have to figure out to watch her on your own.

Update: Via the Lowell Sun & Fitchburg Sentinel the full debate video

I’d be tweeting this out all over if I was the GOP

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