Covering The Dean Tran Event Saturday Featuring Gov Charlie Baker

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Covering The Dean Tran Event Saturday Featuring Gov Charlie Baker

[cap­tion id=“attachment_81763” align=“alignleft” width=“300”]Sheriff-Lew-Evangelidis-Dean-Tran-Charlie-Baker-and-friend Sheriff-Lew-Evangelidis-Dean-Tran-Charlie-Baker-and-friend[/caption]Saturday Gov­er­nor Char­lie Baker spent the Day in Fitch­burg Mass­a­chu­setts stump­ing with long­time City Coun­cilor Dean Tran who is run­ning against even longer time city Coun­cil­lor Steven Hay for the State Rep seat vacated by newly elected mayor Steve DiNatale.

The final stop on the governor’s trip where he would speak for Dean and meet vot­ers was Destare gov 2 002 a small nightclub/​bar at the cor­ner of main and Cush­ing street where believe it or not 30 years ago at the ripe old age of 23 I opened a comic book/​hobby shop which is now their down­stairs storeroom.

Fitch­burg didn’t have the rep­u­ta­tion it does now but it seemed like every other month till I moved it my shop was bro­ken into and robbed, so I asked the Owner if he had any trou­ble since open­ing up sev­eral years ago. He said quite the oppo­site he had seen no trou­ble at all which, along with good food, good drink and excel­lent wi-​fi speed explains his success.

I arrived around 1 PM and set up lap­top and mike where I would record the first two seg­ments of DaT­e­chGuy off DaRa­dio pod­cast (avail­able by click­ing the fedora in the cor­ner or emailed directly if you sub­scribe). Within a few min­utes sign holder for Dean Tran led by the indomitable Mary Lotze for­merly of the Twin city Tea party and now head of the Fitch­burg Repub­li­can Committee.gov 2 001

As time passed the num­ber of sign hold­ers grew out­side while the club started to fill up. About 20 min­utes before the gov­er­nor arrived I noticed a group of well dressed men sit­ting by the win­dow. It tuned out they were from a protes­tant church in the Cleghorn part of town which once housed the large French Cana­dian pop­u­la­tion who came down from Canada to work the now shut­tered fac­to­ries that once dom­i­nated Fitch­burg when it was a hub of man­u­fac­tur­ing from shoes to Machine Guns, but is now one of two sec­tions of down where the Span­ish pop­u­la­tion is con­cen­trated. Min­is­ter George Rodriguez con­sented to an interview:

Alas the lith ion bat­tery in my pri­mary cam­era choose at the end of that inter­view to die o I switched to my bro­ken (no stills, no zoom) but still func­tion­ing emer­gency backup cam­era for the rest of the day. I used that to record this inter­view with Ed Var­gus who was in atten­dance pro­mot­ing his pro­gram to get kids off the street using skate­board­ing which I recorded later in the day

but include here because it fits with the Minister’s talk about get­ting involved with the community.

Fif­teen min­utes after the inter­view with the Min­is­ter the Gov­er­nor arrived.

The gov­er­nor was accom­pa­nied by his wife and Worces­ter County Sher­iff Lew Evan­ge­lidis one of the most pop­u­lar elected repub­li­cans in the area and one of the few actu­ally taller than Char­lie Baker. Despite the recent squab­bles con­cern­ing the state com­mit­tee (more on that here) he warmly greeted, and was warmly greeted by, those stand­ing out.

When the Gov­er­nor and the Sher­iff came in they worked the crowd greet­ing and talk­ing to peo­ple who attended. It’s worth noth­ing that they gave time to the atten­dees rather than sim­ply mak­ing per­func­to­rily statements.and shak­ing hands which is one of the rea­sons for his popularity.

After about 15 min­utes of that the guests of honor took the stage, first the Sher­iff, then the Gov­er­nor and then Coun­selor Tran who was the object of today’s exercise.

The Sher­iff empha­sized in his speech pub­lic safety with­out which none of the other things that make a city great can be achieved and his work with Coun­selor Tran on that sub­ject. The Gov­er­nor stressed his own begin­nings as a select­man where every­body knows where you live an knows when you’ve voted a way they dis­like and let you know about it and talked of how Dean’s back­ground would be of great use as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive. When Coun­selor Tran took the stage he talked about bread and but­ter issues but two things stood out to me.

When talk­ing about jobs he stressed how jobs in Fitch­burg meant fam­i­lies could stay in Fitch­burg echo­ing the Chris Christie “Grand­par­ents” speech which in my opin­ion should be a sta­ple of any GOP speech on fis­cal responsibility.

But what really stood out to me was his Amer­i­can Dream story by which he could come from a 3rd world coun­try, come to Amer­ica, suc­ceed at busi­ness, be the first minor­ity coun­selor in Fitch­burg and then run for state office with the endorse­ment of the most pop­u­lar gov­er­nor in the Entire United States.

There was some joc­u­lar­ity as well. Dean is of short stature and both the Gov­er­nor and the Sher­iff tower over him and there was some good natured rib­bing along those lines but in terms of pub­lic ser­vice they all stand tall together.

I had hoped to ask the gov­er­nor a few ques­tions about his pop­u­lar­ity (Is it a func­tion of the no drama, get things done work ethic, the pos­si­bil­ity of him being con­sid­ered for a national ticket, an his efforts to slowly increase the num­ber of elected repub­li­cans to at least get enough to sus­tain a veto in one house but Gov Baker took no ques­tions and frankly didn’t give me a first look. Sher­iff Lew was friendly but not­ing another com­mit­ment that he had to attend apol­o­gized leav­ing right after the speech. I had bet­ter luck with Coun­selor Tran himself.

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I have a long mem­ory , when we were fight­ing Planned Par­ent­hood in Fitch­burg Coun­selor Tran was sym­pa­thetic to use while his oppo­nent was whole hog for Planned Par­ent­hood so there is no ques­tion where my vote is going on Tuesday.

One odd­ity. This spe­cial elec­tion is the day of the Mass­a­chu­setts pri­mary (Supertues­day) so one might think the increased turnout and the Trump phe­nom would help Coun­selor Tran but it’s also worth not­ing that there are sep­a­rate bal­lots for the pres­i­den­tial pri­mary and the local elec­tion so it’s unclear how if at all, that will affect the out­come. This came out in my con­ver­sa­tion with Mary Lotze in a seg­ment which I recorded as part of my Pod­cast and include here

As I said before It’s a good sign that the gov­er­nor is stump­ing for a social con­ser­v­a­tive despite the State com­mit­tee ker­fuf­fle it remains to be seen if he, the sher­iff, the LT Gov (who attended an ear­lier event that I was unavail­able to cover) and the increased turnout will be enough to give us our first GOP state rep out of Fitch­burg in a while.

That dear vot­ers is up to you.

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Saturday Governor Charlie Baker spent the Day in Fitchburg Massachusetts stumping with longtime City Councilor Dean Tran who is running against even longer time city Councillor Steven Hay for the State Rep seat vacated by newly elected mayor Steve DiNatale.

The final stop on the governor’s trip where he would speak for Dean and meet voters was Destare gov 2 002 a small nightclub/bar at the corner of main and Cushing street where believe it or not 30 years ago at the ripe old age of 23 I opened a comic book/hobby shop which is now their downstairs storeroom.

Fitchburg didn’t have the reputation it does now but it seemed like every other month till I moved it my shop was broken into and robbed, so I asked the Owner if he had any trouble since opening up several years ago. He said quite the opposite he had seen no trouble at all which, along with good food, good drink and excellent wi-fi speed explains his success.

I arrived around 1 PM and set up laptop and mike where I would record the first two segments of DaTechGuy off DaRadio podcast (available by clicking the fedora in the corner or emailed directly if you subscribe). Within a few minutes sign holder for Dean Tran led by the indomitable Mary Lotze formerly of the Twin city Tea party and now head of the Fitchburg Republican Committee.gov 2 001

As time passed the number of sign holders grew outside while the club started to fill up. About 20 minutes before the governor arrived I noticed a group of well dressed men sitting by the window. It tuned out they were from a protestant church in the Cleghorn part of town which once housed the large French Canadian population who came down from Canada to work the now shuttered factories that once dominated Fitchburg when it was a hub of manufacturing from shoes to Machine Guns, but is now one of two sections of down where the Spanish population is concentrated. Minister George Rodriguez consented to an interview:

Alas the lith ion battery in my primary camera choose at the end of that interview to die o I switched to my broken (no stills, no zoom) but still functioning emergency backup camera for the rest of the day. I used that to record this interview with Ed Vargus who was in attendance promoting his program to get kids off the street using skateboarding which I recorded later in the day

but include here because it fits with the Minister’s talk about getting involved with the community.

Fifteen minutes after the interview with the Minister the Governor arrived.

The governor was accompanied by his wife and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis one of the most popular elected republicans in the area and one of the few actually taller than Charlie Baker. Despite the recent squabbles concerning the state committee (more on that here) he warmly greeted, and was warmly greeted by, those standing out.

When the Governor and the Sheriff came in they worked the crowd greeting and talking to people who attended. It’s worth nothing that they gave time to the attendees rather than simply making perfunctorily statements.and shaking hands which is one of the reasons for his popularity.

After about 15 minutes of that the guests of honor took the stage, first the Sheriff, then the Governor and then Counselor Tran who was the object of today’s exercise.

The Sheriff emphasized in his speech public safety without which none of the other things that make a city great can be achieved and his work with Counselor Tran on that subject. The Governor stressed his own beginnings as a selectman where everybody knows where you live an knows when you’ve voted a way they dislike and let you know about it and talked of how Dean’s background would be of great use as a representative. When Counselor Tran took the stage he talked about bread and butter issues but two things stood out to me.

When talking about jobs he stressed how jobs in Fitchburg meant families could stay in Fitchburg echoing the Chris Christie “Grandparents” speech which in my opinion should be a staple of any GOP speech on fiscal responsibility.

But what really stood out to me was his American Dream story by which he could come from a 3rd world country, come to America, succeed at business, be the first minority counselor in Fitchburg and then run for state office with the endorsement of the most popular governor in the Entire United States.

There was some jocularity as well. Dean is of short stature and both the Governor and the Sheriff tower over him and there was some good natured ribbing along those lines but in terms of public service they all stand tall together.

I had hoped to ask the governor a few questions about his popularity (Is it a function of the no drama, get things done work ethic, the possibility of him being considered for a national ticket, an his efforts to slowly increase the number of elected republicans to at least get enough to sustain a veto in one house but Gov Baker took no questions and frankly didn’t give me a first look. Sheriff Lew was friendly but noting another commitment that he had to attend apologized leaving right after the speech. I had better luck with Counselor Tran himself.

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I have a long memory , when we were fighting Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg Counselor Tran was sympathetic to use while his opponent was whole hog for Planned Parenthood so there is no question where my vote is going on Tuesday.

One oddity. This special election is the day of the Massachusetts primary (Supertuesday) so one might think the increased turnout and the Trump phenom would help Counselor Tran but it’s also worth noting that there are separate ballots for the presidential primary and the local election so it’s unclear how if at all, that will affect the outcome. This came out in my conversation with Mary Lotze in a segment which I recorded as part of my Podcast and include here

As I said before It’s a good sign that the governor is stumping for a social conservative despite the State committee kerfuffle it remains to be seen if he, the sheriff, the LT Gov (who attended an earlier event that I was unavailable to cover) and the increased turnout will be enough to give us our first GOP state rep out of Fitchburg in a while.

That dear voters is up to you.

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For the first times since I lost my job an Stacy McCain lost his Twitter right we’ve had a setback in our quest for $61 to make a living back here at the blog. Yesterday DaTipJar was completely and utterly silent. So as we find ourselves seeking a new $61 today our deficit for the year climbs back to 21 days and $1335 dollars.

In fairness my email blast went out late do to covering the Governor (post later today) an helping my son move so I didn’t spend the day promoting the blog, furthermore it was saturday and I suspect that our traffic consisted of our core readers who take a peek before going an enjoying the weekend.

yet if less than 1% of yesterday’s readers kicked in $15 each we would have made out goal for the day with ease.

Again I say to those who have kicked in thank you so much, for those who can’t afford it, don’t worry about it but I do ask you to promote the site.

To those both able and inclined I’d really appreciate it if you’d help us close that gap by hitting DaTipJar.




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