By now you’ve heard about the I93 debacle in Boston, how a group of “activists” held up traffic for hours, disrupted the lives of thousands of folks, cost millions of dollars in lost wages and wasted time and even messed up ambulance service in the area.

The anger against these fools is almost universal and all kinds of creative names are being used to describe them, but there is one description that should be the first one out of the lips of everyone but for some reason is not.

Democrats

These people ARE the Democrat base, you will not find a single Romney or even a Charlie Baker voter among them, These are the folks who have been crying “War on Women”, Heteronormative Patriarchy and all that good stuff, and right now they have managed to anger almost the entire voting population of one of the most liberal states in the Union.

Yet where is the Mass GOP pressing State Democrats on these protesters?  Where are the conservative talk show hosts, bloggers et/all calling every single state Democrat senator and rep to comment?

Where are the press releases reminding the now angry voters what side these people are on?  Why aren’t we playing by the Todd Akin rules with these guys forcing them to either upset their base by condemning them or risk the wrath of already angry voters?

Our leftist friends, if the situation was reversed, would already have gone this route. You would not be able to turn on a TV set or radio without hearing about these Republicans endangering motorists etc.

For a party with only 11% percent registration this is the ultimate gimme,  If only they are smart enough to take it.

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As a Massachusetts conservative watching the national media go wild about the election of a Republican Governor completely ignoring the lack of coattails (hell the lack of coat) is a source of frustration.

Charlie Baker is a nice guy and he means well but his election is not likely to have more than a cosmetic effect

The best way to explain the problem is to think of Baseball and the difference between buying a championship and building a dynasty.

In Massachusetts there are two conflicting views of the party, the establishment that is interested in the top of the ticket. It produces for those at the top patronage and excellent resume fodder in the hopes of getting a national political position.

Because of that goal they can’t take the time to build a farm team, every year that passes brings up a crop of people in Red States vying for those same jobs with resumes filled with actual positions in government.

They need that governorship today, they can’t wait around for the GOP to start winning seats in the statehouse, in fact a strong GOP controlled house and or senate will simply mean a crop of rivals with strong resumes in government as well.

Then there is the grass-roots Tea Party activists. They aren’t looking for a job from the government. They are looking to be able to keep their own jobs and business intact and be able to afford to have a decent life to raise their children here without either being hit in the pocketbook or because of their religious & social values.

For them it’s the bottom of the ticket that matters since until there is a change in the state senate and house all a GOP Governor can do is delay the day of reckoning.

So the idea is to start at Single A, city councilors, school committees. Recruit candidates to fill those spots. Then in four or five years those people can run for mayor, country offices, register of probate etc. the Double AA of electoral politics at the state level while a new grew group of people are recruited for the single A offices. After a few years the AA polls will start running in the state house and senate and positions like secretary of state & AG and within a few years viola you have a full slate of viable candidates not only for the Governor’s office but for congressional and senate seats.

Until the Massachusetts GOP decides to embrace the base GOP leaning votes will continue to leave the state and sooner or later there won’t be enough left to allow even a Republican as socially liberal as Charlie Baker won’t have a prayer ever again.

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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I can’t say I’m surprised by this development:

NEW BEDFORD – Part timers at the New Bedford Market Basket left work en masse today, taking with them their last paycheck and a slip of paper with a number for the state unemployment office.

“It’s like a funeral in here,” said store director Bill Clark, who said that he had to lay off his part time workers, who represent about 90 percent of the store’s employees. “It’s going to be very difficult to come back from this. I see Market Basket non-existent in the very near future, unless Arthur T. Demoulas makes some sort of statement.”

However Market Basket insists they are not in fact laying off workers:

“I have issued an immediate communication for all Store Directors. All Store Directors are to let their associates know that they are not laid off,” Thornton said in a statement emailed by the company Thursday afternoon. “All Store Directors as part of their normal responsibilities are able to and often do reduce hours but they need to make clear when doing so that the individuals are still employees of DSM.

I suspect to the employees no longer getting checks that is a distinction without a difference.

Now in terms of a business decision this is a sound move. There is no money coming in therefore there is no point in scheduling hours and even better if your goal is to dump the company, the more part timers loyal to Arthur T who are no longer with the company the easier it will be to dump the place and not worry about a worker revolt.

In terms of PR of course the idea that you are dumping 20,000 workers is basically a disaster and in an election year is not something that will be pols looking to be elected and re-elected are in a position to ignore..

However I think this has reached the point where management has decided no amount of bad PR is going to stop them, I think the store is going to be sold out from under the employees and an entire new team brought it.

The only problem being of course while you can wait or starve the employees out the customers have other alternatives and it will take a lot of time effort and money to try to win them back.

However this is New England land of the low info voters, given that the voters have been wiling to elect and re-elect people who ignore and abuse them I see absolutely no reason why a buyer wouldn’t assume the customers who vote that way wouldn’t shop that way too.

Final thought, be prepared now that tens of thousands of voters are about to lose their jobs for pols to get involved who did not, but perhaps if they had gotten involved before this point maybe those tens of thousands wouldn’t have lost their jobs.

Of course if the GOP took my advice on the matter back in July thousands of young people who would likely never think of voting Republican might right now be remembering which party was on their side before their jobs were lost.

As I said at the time it was a golden opportunity for the Massachusetts GOP and the smart thing to do…

…which explains why they failed to do it.

Saturday night you would have noticed that the Market Basket story made national TV.

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The story has also made Time Magazine

 

In an era overrun with CEO hate and 1% bashing, such comments—and the actions of all those who have put their jobs in jeopardy—are nothing short of astonishing.

 

and the Washington Post

Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What’s far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO get his job back.

We’ve been covering this story for a while and while the instinct says this is a democrat issue (labor vs management) I think it’s tailor-made for the GOP & the conservatives, consider:

1. The workers have rejected unions and continue to do so

2. They aren’t striking over money or demanding that ridiculous $15 hour min wage.

3. They are arguing AGAINST taking on debt as dangerous to the company.

4. They are arguing for the long term stability & survival of the company vs a quick fix

5. Their rallies cross ethnic and racial boundaries

6. Like the Tea Party rallies they are respectful and clean up after themselves.

7. Like tea party rallies there is no trouble at them (I talked to an officer on duty, no trouble, no violence no arrests).

Bottom line this rally is pro-capitalism, they are the complete opposite of the occupy movement.

And if that’s not enough you have high profile democrats like Elizabeth Warren & Deval Patrick playing duck dodge & hide on the issue (For Warren that’s going to come back and bite her presidential ambitions) leaving a huge void. If the GOP/Tea Party/Conservative movement moves to fill that void you suddenly put the left on the spot while supporting what conservative have always supported: Responsible management of business to make a profit.

If I was Rick Santorum I’d be in Massachusetts at the next rally. If I was Reince Priebus I’d be asking why Elizabeth Warren & the left are AWOL and suggest it is due to being owned by the unions.

And if I was Kirsten Hughes I’d run through that gap in the line the left has left unguarded and I’d go all in for the Market Basket Workers and vividly illustrate the GOP’s support for the working man.

This is not only the right thing, it’s the SMART thing…

…which unfortunately makes it less likely the GOP will do it.

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It’s April Fools day so it’s appropriate our piece from the Northeastern Republican Leadership conference in Nashua NH was Michael Graham’s hilarious speech.

A lot of his humor came from the state of the GOP in Massachusetts. Given how things are around here you’ve just got to laugh.

Today I was in Lunenburg Ma at the Harley House Inn & Tavern
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where a line of cars covered the street as Charlie Baker and Karen Polito:

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Filled up the main room at the Harley House in taking pictures

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and Rubbing shoulders with about 100 of the GOP faithful who came from the surrounding towns.

I did a quick view of the people in the room

just before the speeches started.

Karen Polito went first and gave an excellent speech:

Baker followed and really nailed the primary points of a state that deserves better.

It was exactly the right message and I think if he gives this speech over and over again till November he has an excellent shot.

Meanwhile I spoke to a pair of people there Chip Jones who has been on my show regularly

and a fellow by the name of Jim Roberts

The GOP members there seemed confident as long as they aren’t dealing with three candidates rather than two.

Just before leaving Ms. Polito gave me a few minutes

As did Charlie Baker

I really got the impression that his defeat o four years ago has made him a wiser & more savvy man, if that impression is correct then our Democrat friends will be given a run for their money.

Hera are a few stills from the event:

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DaTechGuy January 31st 2013

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

Mike Rogers November 9th 2012

There are a lot of reasons why NH republicans might oppose a run by Scott Brown for the Senate in NH:  The running away from the base in the Elizabeth Warren race, the pro-choice ads, and as Granite Grok points out New Hampshire is a huge 2nd Amendment State:

Given that he has had his vetting as Gun Control Advocate by none other than Mayor and Nanny of NYC Bloomberg (whose Mayors Against Illegal Guns’s “No More Names” tour listed Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a”gun victim” when it stopped in Concord, NH) who gave liberally (snicker) to his failed campaign against Elizabeth Warren, it is clear that Scott Brown’s stance that he’d be fine in supporting another Federal “assault weapon” ban. Thus, those of us that believe that the Republican US Senate Nominee should, at the least:

fully support the Party Platform (“We believe that our founding fathers placed the 2nd Amendment in a position of prominence with intent; that law-abiding citizens of the United States of America have a right to protect and defend their lives, their families and their property without government infringement.”)
whole heartedly support the Letter AND the Spirit of the US Constitution (“Second Amendment: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”)
show a full respect for the NH Constitution (“Article 2-a: All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.”)

As it is clear that Mr. Brown lacks quite a bit in these regards, we will be letting him AND the NH GOP Leadership know of our ire by staging this rally.

All of these reasons to oppose a Brown candidacy are valid, but if you want to understand why New Hampshire Republican should tell Senator Brown not to run for the Senate in New Hampshire all you have to do is go back to January 31st of this year.

There was a big fight in the Massachusetts GOP for party chair between two strong candidates.  Rick Green a businessman was supported by the Tea Party / activist wing of the party vs Kirsten Hughes a Chelsea city counselor who worked on the Scott Brown campaign against Elizabeth Warren as deputy finance director.

I covered both candidates during a forum on the 22nd of January and even at that time it was understood this was going to be a very close race.

Hanging over the race was the pending special election to fill the senate seat made empty by John Kerry nomination as Secretary of State.  Senator Brown had not yet announced and the party very much wanted him to run.

Hughes was Scott Brown’s candidate:

With Bob’s departure, I am writing to you today to endorse Kirsten Hughes for Chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

It was widely believed among the voters in the room that Hughes election would be an incentive for Brown to enter that race and her connection to the Brown campaign and fundraising was one of her selling points.  The day of the vote the Herald reported on his involvement in the race.  The timing was interesting:

If I was a pessimist, which I’m not, I would think that this story was dropped today by Brown in order to scare the last few undecideds into siding with him after badgering State Committee members with personal plea phone calls for weeks. (Rumor has it Green is up by two.)

On January 31st the vote took place, this is what happened:

In fact is was even weirder than first reported but eventually there was a second ballot and Kirsten Hughes won, however it took the shouts from the crowd for the party to announce the actual vote count.  (41-39).  Activists reacted like this:

and this:

But in the end the election was over and many of the party leaders who voted for Ms. Hughes at least had the comfort in knowing that they would have a state chair friendly to the Brown Campaign and be best able to integrate the efforts of the part to get back that senate seat.

After all a Brown win in the special election would mean he’d be running for re-election in an off year as an incumbent in 2014 giving the party their best chance to grow the vote for state legislature & Senate candidates  all the way down the ticket.

That hope lasted almost 12 hours:

At lunchtime today, I spoke to Senator Brown by telephone.  His news was as surprising to me as I’m sure it was to you.  Certainly, we can all understand this was a highly personal decision for Senator Brown and his family.  Yet, it’s certainly a disappointment for many in our party.

So what the reaction of Scott Brown at a time when his choice for GOP chair has just won by the thinnest of margins?  What was his move when the party needed someone to rally behind? What was his decision when that new chairperson that he explicitly supported most needed a positive story to change the subject from the debacle of the 31st?  What was the decision when all those party voters who cast their vote counting on him to be there to support the party?

He took his ball and went home.

The end result?   Ed Markey, was able to win a lifetime senate seat against a weak candidate while drawing only 60% of the vote Martha Coakley did in 2010.

Even with Senator Brown’s problems with the base he could have drawn those numbers with one hand tied behind his back.

Now less than a year later, he is heading North to NH where the GOP held the state just one election ago to  jump the line ahead of GOP candidates in the state ready and able to run?

I can think of nothing more likely to exacerbate the existing divides in the NH GOP than this.

It will amplify the mistake Speaker Boehner made with the base.

The divide it creates will cost the party seats in both the state senate and house.

It will put Kelly Ayotte in an impossible position where anything she says and does will anger someone whose vote she will need in 2016.

Now it’s axiomatic, for all his faults Brown would be far superior to Jeanne Shaheen and if nominated by the NH GOP I would encourage every voter to support him rather than reward the 60th vote for Obamacare with another six years but I can’t think of a more selfish or self centered move by the Senator nor anything more likely to cause a 3rd party movement in the state that will spread nationally.
I like Senator Brown, he’s a nice guy with a great family and the GOP nationwide should be grateful for the boost he gave to the party.  It’s fair to say that Tea Party election in Massachusetts in 2010 is the reason why the GOP hold the house today, As a Senator he always had time for people from the state even those who disagreed with him and frankly it’s not all that unusual for a person in Massachusetts to say “enough” and move to New Hampshire, but it’s one thing for the party to run a moderate republican in a state where the GOP not even healthy enough to be on life support, it’s quite another to do so in a state where conservatism is still strong.

I implore Senator Brown to re-consider his run in NH for the sake of the state party and the national one.

A Postscript:  One thing I should make clear, I don’t blame Ms. Hughes for either the election stuff nor the Brown move.  She started in an impossible position trying to clean up a mess that was given to her.  I’ve never heard her once complain about the bad hand she was dealt, instead she works hard all over the state and gets little media credit for her efforts:

It’s interesting to note her aide said “you only have five minutes” but she turned to him saying “he only needs three for his interviews”. A party chair who is familiar with the habits of the people covering her knows what she is doing. I opposed her election but she has been proving herself a very capable and impressive party chair.

I would think that would be a story but highlighting a young, smart attractive, hard working young woman leading a state GOP doesn’t fit the media whole “war on women” meme does it?

Update:  No matter who is the GOP nominee this ad is going to be a problem for Jeanne Shaheen

and a lot of other Democrats who were the 60th vote for Obamacare.

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On election day the GOP meme saying “If we run a candidate who dodges the base, speaks Spanish as his first language and supports the gang of 8 bill we’ll win independent voters and “Hispanic” voters” was proven false as Gabriel Gomez won less that 45% of the vote that Scott Brown did.

I’ve talked about this already but I haven’t discussed an e-mail I received just before the election. It was promoting Dan Winslow’s excellent impassioned plea to turn out for Gomez. But while Dan’s message was first-rate the sender of the e-mail (not Winslow) added some commentary of his own.

Recently, I have seen a few emails that originated with Republicans who have chosen to disparage the efforts of Gomez. Apparently Gabriel Gomez does not pass their litmus tests for being a proper candidate. These people suggest that you should not vote for Gomez, but rather leave your ballot blank. This is tantamount to not voting at all and is something that may be even worse than failing to participate. If your chosen candidate fails in a primary, do you take your ball and go home? No, you suck it up and go with the majority.

I certainly agree with that statement and it’s consistent with Roxeanne’s post on the subject. When there are two choices one must make the best possible one however I found another paragraph in the email….interesting (all emphasis mine)

This email will go to about 450 people, two-thirds of whom are unenrolled voters. I would suggest that the Republicans consider reigning in the culture warriors in their ranks. They only hurt the party and drive the normal people away. The Republican party is in danger of becoming a footnote in Massachusetts politics. There can be a resurgence of the party, but that will not happen without a purge of the more radical elements of the party. The haters need to be muzzled and Reagan’s eleventh commandment needs to be enforced.

OK I lied, I didn’t find it “interesting” I found it insulting. Considering the fun time at the party chair election this isn’t what activists want to hear.

I submit and suggest it is a contradiction to involve Reagan’s 11th commandment, then call for “reigning in” and “Purging” social conservatives, implying we are not “normal” & referring to us as “haters”

I left the Democrat party years ago when it became clear that as a believing Catholic I wasn’t welcome. It seems in Massachusetts the “Not Welcome” mat for believing Catholics or Protestants has become bi-partisan.

If that’s the case it begs the question, What do social conservatives who don’t wish to move to red states, do now?

Mike Rogers of Granite Grok had an answer:

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.

I thought about this, but the amount of time and effort that is necessary to form a new party is prohibitive, plus you have to sell that party to the public. If only there was an existing political party that isn’t explicitly republican, but has a theme that conservative voters would be happy to embrace?

Hmmmm.

Let’s see The American Term Limits party. An existing party, with a theme that has a wide appeal to both conservatives and the unenrolled and with a small membership.

I wonder what would happen if social conservatives joined such a party in sufficient numbers to nominate the party’s candidate? It would give social conservatives someplace to go and someone to vote for.

We could run our own candidate (s) for state, local and federal offices. With the GOP not even bothering in some districts we’d have a clear field. We could appeal to the GOP base nationwide for both volunteers and funding and at the same time whenever the media comes after us rightly point out that the Term Limits Party has one overriding issue, Term Limits.

And the best part? If a particular GOP candidate for local, state or federal office was acceptable, we could offer our support.

People have suggested that the GOP brand is toxic in the state, nevertheless conservative & tea party activists were willing to step up to the plate. We were rejected. Perhaps it’s time to play in a new party and see if conservatives can appeal to the general populace better under the American Term Limits party than the Mass GOP banner.

We certainly can’t do worse. What do you think?

Update: Well we know what Sarah Palin thinks

Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American. Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new “bi-partisan” hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines.

If Palin goes 3rd party I suspect the GOP can kiss the house goodbye

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Is the site worth it? It’s your call.

Yesterday the three candidates for the GOP nomination for the senate seat being vacated by John Kerry were scheduled to appear at the Leominster Elks hosted by several local GOP committees

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When I got there the Winslow folks had their signs at the ready

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I saw signs inside for Gomez (along with a few Gomez campaign people and some signs for Sullivan (who I endorsed)

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I was then informed that Mr. Sullivan & Mr. Gomez would not be coming, Mr. Gomez cancellation was last-minute. I talked to a campaign aide and she told his young kids (who were at the finish line in Boston not long before the blast) were still shaken up & he decided to stay with them. No word on Mr. Sullivan.

I recorded the following commentary:

They grabbed a projector but the sound wasn’t transferring well so they decided to just stick with the presentation for Dan Winslow who did show up.

He dived right into the crowd meeting voters

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One of his supporters talked to me before things started:

Richard Bastien former GOP rep warmed up the crowd

Then Judge Winslow gave a spectacular speech

And answered question

after question

after question

on all kinds of topics

from immigration

to entitlements

He had time for a few quick interview at the end

You can’t help but like this man, he is direct, unapologetic for his views. Even though I had endorsed Sullivan was very friendly and asked for my support and when I had to decline as a Knight of Columbus over his position on life, he said if he can’t have it now he would like it after winning the primary. That will not be a problem as there would at that time be no pro-life candidate in the race.

That kind of persistence is EXACTLY the right way for a candidate to behave.

I’ve got to tell you Dan makes a strong case, has the single best presentation of any of the candidates, expresses pride in being a Republican (a welcome change) and would be a formidable opponent for any democrat in any race. I have absolutely no doubt if he wins the primary he would make a race of it.

He won over several voters in that crowd last night. If he was pro-life he might have won me over too, but I only have one soul.

Here is the gallery, and yes that is Justin wearing my Dr. Who scarf (he’s a fan too)