A Pro-Life 2A GOP candidate flips Democrat Sen seat in MA Special Election

by Datechguy | December 11th, 2017

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A Pro-Life 2A GOP candidate flips Democrat Sen seat in MA Special Election

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This story is what we call “News”

Robert Stacy McCain The Power of Sim­ple Sen­tences May 31st 2011

Yes­ter­day I promised an exam­ple of a News­wor­thy story it now follows:

On Tues­day morn­ing before I was headed off to what would be, unknown to me, my last day of work before I was laid off, I headed to the St. Bernards activ­ity cen­ter in Fitch­burg Ma’s ward six with my son to vote in a spe­cial elec­tion for the Mass­a­chu­setts State Sen­ate vacated by Demo­c­rat Jen­nifer Flana­gan of Leomin­ster after Gov­er­nor Char­lie Baker appointed her to the Mass­a­chu­setts Cannabis Commission.

If this had been the US Sen­ate the idea of a GOP gov­er­nor appoint­ing a Demo­c­rat Sen­a­tor from a dis­trict that went for Scott Brown in the past might have made some waves, but as Flana­gan had suc­cess­fully defended her seat both dur­ing the 2010 big red wave and the smaller 2014 red wave that elected Char­lie Baker Gov­er­nor (I cov­ered the debates back then) and the fact that a repub­li­can hadn’t held that seat since the first George Bush was pres­i­dent (Mary Padula) there wasn’t a lot of worry over it in Demo­c­rat cir­cles. Par­tic­u­larly since her GOP oppo­nent Dean Tran had pre­vi­ously lost a spe­cial elec­tion for State Rep in Fitch­burg where he was a long­time city coun­selor even though pop­u­lar GOP sher­iff Lew Evan­ge­lidis and Gov­er­nor Char­lie Baker had appeared on his behalf then and would do so in this race too.

The pri­mary was held on the day of the Gen­eral elec­tion and despite two wild cards long­time Leomin­ster city coun­selor Claire Freda (a self described Con­ser­v­a­tive Demo­c­rat /​Lib­eral Repub­li­can) run­ning as unen­rolled and Green /​Rain­bow can­di­date Char­lene DiCalogero the smart money was on Susanne Chal­i­foux Zepher who had won a three way Demo­c­rat pri­mary on elec­tion day and had out­spent Tran by more than 61 .

But elec­tion day Tran’s sup­port­ers turned out:

Leomin­ster res­i­dent Sarah Tatro said she was more swayed by Tran’s Repub­li­can con­vic­tions, which she said were more in line with her own views.

“He’s way more of a con­ser­v­a­tive than Sue Chal­i­foux Zephir and he lines up with a lot of the poli­cies I care about and my beliefs,” she said, refer­ring to his pro-​life stance and sup­port of the Sec­ond Amendment.

And when I got home that night after mid­night I was delighted to find out that Dean had won with 46% of the vote in the four way race to Chalifoux-Zephir’s 42% Freda picked up 10% of the vote (lower than I expected) and green can­di­date DiCalogero 1%. This gives the GOP its sev­enth seat out of forty in the Mass­a­chu­setts sen­ate and gets them half way toward the 14 seats needed to break the Demo­c­rat sen­ate super majority.

Now I will grant you in terms of the com­po­si­tion of the Mass­a­chu­setts sen­ate it’s not going to make a huge dif­fer­ence this year.

But it seems to be that a Repub­li­can can­di­date, and not just a repub­li­can but a Minor­ity pro-​life 2nd Amend­ment repub­li­can, flips a sen­ate seat, and not just a sen­ate seat but a seat that Democ­rats have held since 1992, to rep­re­sent three cites (Fitch­burg Leomin­ster & Gard­ner) that all went for Hillary in a state she won by over 27 points might, just might, be a Tad newsworthy.

But in fair­ness that’s the opin­ion of a blog­ger who has never been employed in the MSM. What would pro­fes­sional reporters say? Tomor­row I’ll share with you the opin­ions of a few I spoke to on the subject.


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Sheriff-Lew-Evangelidis-Dean-Tran-Charlie-Baker-and-friend 2016

This story is what we call “News”

Robert Stacy McCain The Power of Simple Sentences May 31st 2011

Yesterday I promised an example of a Newsworthy story it now follows:

On Tuesday morning before I was headed off to what would be, unknown to me, my last day of work before I was laid off, I headed to the St. Bernards activity center in Fitchburg Ma’s ward six with my son to vote in a special election for the Massachusetts State Senate vacated by Democrat Jennifer Flanagan of Leominster after Governor Charlie Baker appointed her to the Massachusetts Cannabis Commission.

If this had been the US Senate the idea of a GOP governor appointing a Democrat Senator from a district that went for Scott Brown in the past might have made some waves, but as Flanagan had successfully defended her seat both during the 2010 big red wave and the smaller 2014 red wave that elected Charlie Baker Governor (I covered the debates back then) and the fact that a republican hadn’t held that seat since the first George Bush was president (Mary Padula) there wasn’t a lot of worry over it in Democrat circles.  Particularly since her GOP opponent Dean Tran had previously lost a special election for State Rep in Fitchburg where he was a longtime city counselor even though popular GOP sheriff Lew Evangelidis and Governor Charlie Baker had appeared on his behalf then and would do so in this race too.

The primary was held on the day of the General election and despite two wild cards longtime Leominster city counselor Claire Freda (a self described Conservative Democrat / Liberal Republican) running as unenrolled and Green / Rainbow candidate Charlene DiCalogero the smart money was on Susanne Chalifoux Zepher who had won a three way Democrat primary on election day and had outspent Tran by more than 6-1 .

But election day Tran’s supporters turned out:

Leominster resident Sarah Tatro said she was more swayed by Tran’s Republican convictions, which she said were more in line with her own views.

“He’s way more of a conservative than Sue Chalifoux Zephir and he lines up with a lot of the policies I care about and my beliefs,” she said, referring to his pro-life stance and support of the Second Amendment.

And when I got home that night after midnight I was delighted to find out that Dean had won with 46% of the vote in the four way race to Chalifoux-Zephir’s 42% Freda picked up 10% of the vote (lower than I expected) and green candidate DiCalogero 1%. This gives the GOP its seventh seat out of forty in the Massachusetts senate and gets them half way toward the 14 seats needed to break the Democrat senate super majority.

Now I will grant you in terms of the composition of the Massachusetts senate it’s not going to make a huge difference this year.

But it seems to be that a Republican candidate,  and not just a republican but a Minority pro-life 2nd Amendment republican, flips a senate seat, and not just a senate seat but a seat that Democrats have held since 1992, to represent three cites (Fitchburg Leominster & Gardner) that all went for  Hillary in a state she won by over 27 points  might, just might, be a Tad newsworthy.

But in fairness that’s the opinion of a blogger who has never been employed in the MSM.  What would professional reporters say?  Tomorrow I’ll share with you the opinions of a few I spoke to on the subject.


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