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William Jacobson is a very fair-minded man. When writing about Marisa DeFranco getting her 15k signatures to challenge Elizabeth Warren. He said this about the next hurdle she would need to overcome:

As indicated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nominating convention on June 2 in order to make it to the ballot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.

He was challenged by Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party who asked:

Why would you think that here prospects of passing the 15% threshold were dim?

Bill, being a polite man called it a fair point, I don’t.

Let’s start with the fundraising numbers:

DeFranco collected $9,074 in campaign contributions during the first quarter of 2012, ending the period with $8,080 cash-on-hand, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Marsia Defranco raised $9,074 dollars in three months. to put that in perspective I need about $9500 to pay for a furnace and Asbestos removal before winter comes that I don’t have. Feel free to kick in:





I’ll wager if I shook the DaTipJar every single day for a quarter I’d be able to raise it from my readers.

Marsia DeFranco has been a candidate for the US Senate since last year and has been campaigning since then. Her fundraising has been so successful that her campaign couldn’t loan me the money to replace my furnace even if it wanted to.

But money isn’t everything what about press. Lets look at how much coverage she has generated:

I did an exact search for the Name “Marisa DeFranco” in Google news over the last year (5/16/11 – 5/16/12) sorted by date, I got 208 results shown via 6 pages

Of those six pages 8 of those stories had the words “Marisa” or “DeFranco” in the title and only one of those 8 was dated before the Warren Indian uprising (Feb 11th at a site called Masslive .com which of course is the first source anyone goes in the state for political news.)

Ironically there were 13 stories from that group with the words “Elizabeth Warren” or Warren” in the title.

So in other words since May of 2011 if you were a person interested in the Mass senate race and searched for “Marsia DeFranco” on google you were 62% more likely to find a story headlined by Elizabeth Warren than Defranco and none by a source other than Masslive until May 2nd of this year.

To put this is perspective the same search for the phrase “Elizabeth Warren” during the same period gave over 32,000 results.

So Marisa DeFranco is a candidate with no name recognition, no news coverage and almost no money who is only getting attention today because of the suddenly imploding Elizabeth Warren campaign. The one thing she has had going for her before then was tenacity.

The question Mr. Franck isn’t why Mr. Jacobson would presume Marisa DeFranco prospects were dim to get the required 15% of the delegates at the Democratic Convention to make the ballot, the question is why would YOU think they were not?

Reminder sign, Shirley Mass

With SuperTuesday upon us here in Massachusetts the time had come to see exactly what the situation was at the polls today.

I started in Fitchburg in Ward 1.

The reports were of slow turnout both precincts were below 40 voters at 11:30.

My next stop was ward 4 in Leominster, I followed a Prius with an Obama 2008 bumper sticker to the polling place. Talk about your stereotypes.

Ward 4 is split between two different buildings B & C were in the Vets center and A is in the senior center. As in Fitchburg turnout was down although 4B had managed to break the 100 mark to Leominster. They had meticulous notes concerning past election days, hour by hour results for each year including the weather for each day. They really knew their trends and the trend was down.

My plan was to head west at this point but I received a call saying my son and his friend needed a ride home from school, so I hit the highway figuring to go to Ayer and backtrack. I hit route 2 East (to my surprise passing my 87 yr old mother on the highway) and took the exit bringing me to the Nashoba club, I ordered some lunch and ran down the street to the Town Hall as it was cooking:

The Town Hall looked pretty organized, as at the other locations turnout was down. There was some issue about some democrats being unclear if they could vote today, not that there was much of a choice to make.

From there I headed back to the Nashoba club, wolfed down lunch and then headed toward Lunenburg, when I pulled into the town hall I discovered that voting took place in the elementary school, as I didn’t have time to backtrack I headed to Townsend. It was the only parking lot I saw all day totally full.

However a lot of that was the poll workers. The most interesting thing about the Townsend numbers were the totals

Pct 1 -156 Pct 151, Pct 142.

It was a rather even turnout, the Warden told me they had just redrawn their lines and the numbers were pretty close, however as before the actual turnout was down, they hoped to get 1200, but figured they would be lucky if they did.

Townsend was also the first polling place where I saw a sign for a presidential candidate (Romney) planted in the snow.

From there I rushed back to Fitchburg arriving about 8 minutes late, grabbed the kids and we hit our ward in Fitchburg, Ward 6 where my son Daniel cast his very first vote.

He gets a lot of razzing for registering Republican in school (Repubicans are only 11% statewide) but the people at the polling place were delighted to see a young person voting for the first time, even diehard Democrat Anne DiMartino voiced her approval but said she wouldn’t ask who he voted for as she wouldn’t like the answer.

After dropping off the Crystal in Leominster I headed back to Lunenburg. Lunenburg was the only town where I wasn’t allowed in the room proper, but the warden went in and brought out the numbers for me. By this time is was about 3 p.m and the four precincts varied from 105 to 148 voters less that 10% of the 7000 registered voters in the town.

From Lunenburg I headed for Groton. On my way to ward 1 I noticed for the only time today people holding signs for a presidential candidate

Who would have thought the only people willing to hold signs I’d find today would be Obama people? Although they weren’t willing to be interviewed I commented on it when I stopped at the polling place.

I had heard reports of democrats taking ballots to write in candidates other than Obama, but there was none of that in this town, however like all the others the turnout was low.

From Groton it was off to Shirley. Shirley has the seemingly smallest area for the workers but they were extremely friendly. By 4 p.m. about 12% of registered voters had turned out.

Shirley also had the only other sign I saw near a polling place, one for Newt. I really expected to see more Ron Paul people out.

At this point it was getting late and I wanted to head home hoping to beat daWife to the house to get some dishes done before she got home but before I did I headed back to Ward 1 in Fitchburg to see if the crowd had increased as the day went on. Although nearly 5 hours had passed since my first visit and the weather was considerably warmer the numbers had not managed to even double.

So bottom line, 7 towns very little turnout. although one might think this would favor the underdogs who might be more motivated I suspect this is very good news for Gov Romney. The one hallmark of his campaign has been very good organization, I highly doubt his organization would not make sure his voters were out in the state where he will be speaking.

My guess as of 6 p.m. Mitt Romney managed to break the 50% mark here in Massachusetts.

This morning I caught this ad from Crossroads GPS:

How about that, an ad linking Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren to the Occupods, I wonder who saw that coming

October 15th 2011:

I have a funny feeling that an elephant or two, maybe one say running for re-election for the US senate in Massachusetts might be asking very loudly why Democratic Candidates are supporting a movement endorsed by two ideologies that together have a body count of innocents so large that radical Islamists are pacifists by comparison?

And that not even touching on the antisemitism, calls for violence, spitting on US service members in uniform, hosting protests for Al-Qaeda supporters etc etc etc.

I’m sure that democrats around the country who didn’t heed Sheldon’s warning will be seeing similar ads soon.

Yesterday’s democratic debate in Lowell was not televised so my knowledge of it came from blogs on the left and right such as Left in Lowell (interesting move to do the live blog in the comments) and Right side of Lowell. As I read through the Q & A I see there is a huge gift for Scott Brown in this exchange:

Student dept. Support or oppose in state tuition for illegal aliens.

Meehan points out polling indicates an even split.

DeFranco. Is an immigration attourny. Does support it. It’s not giveaway. Need to get serious about immigration reform. Don’t scapegoat children.

Khazie: Support it. Is a son of immigrants. It made America great. Washington is broken and should have passed the DREAM act. Brown was a decisive vote against. Need a path to citizenship.

Massie: Read a George Washington Bio and he said the nation depends on immigration. Support tuition. We need to make participation possible because it’s part of the American character.

Robinson: Support. Need immigration reform. Our economy depends on the undocumented and we can’t really just send them away.

Warren: Support it and DREAM. It’s a mistake to force people to leave – we need to create path and retain talent. Its what makes us special as a country. Grandchildren’s father immigrated here.

I already highlighted the Alabama immigration story last week. The Candidates seem to have taken a cue from its AP writer on the difference between “immigration” and “illegal immigration”. Those same candidates seem to have missed a vital clue concerning public opinion in their state.

On Monday, September 26th at noon in Room 222 of the State House, a bipartisan and bicameral coalition of legislations will announce the filing of a comprehensive illegal immigration bill directed at enhancing the safety of the Commonwealth’s communities and the protection of taxpayer dollars.

This bill is comprehensive and carries very tough penalties written in. Let’s look at the list of sponsors (emphasis mine):

Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and Rep. John V. Fernandes, D-Milford, joined together with Sen. Bruce E. Tarr, R-Gloucester, and Rep. George Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, in drafting comprehensive legislation that absent a federal solution to legal and illegal immigration, addresses the strains placed on personal, municipal, and statewide finances as a result of illegal immigration.

and it’s not just two democrats…

Senate co-sponsors are: Sen. Steve A. Baddour, D-Metheun, Sen. James E. Timilty, D-Walpole, Sen. Robert L. Hedlund, R-Weymouth, Sen. Michael R. Knapik, R-Westfield, and Sen. Richard J. Ross, R-Wrentham and Rep. Stephen L. DiNatale, D-Fitchburg.

Remember;in Massachusetts Democrats have a 36 – 4 advantage in the senate and a 128 – 32 advantage in the house.

In any other year the Governor and the Democratic leadership who oppose this bill would have made sure that no democrats went anywhere near it. The fact that it was introduced by Veteran Democrat Richard Moore and has more democratic co-sponsors than President Obama’s job bill speaks volumes.

I’m sure somebody must have recorded the stream of this debate, I’ll wager that video will be replaced over and over in the general election.

Be afraid Democrats, be very afraid.

As Roxeanne pointed out yesterday Peter Durant won YET AGAIN in the Worcester 6th district this time by practically a landslide, 56 votes!

If I was a more cynical man I’d say this was the the deciding factor:

With observers from the U.S. Department of Justice in Southbridge looking to ensure the integrity of the ballot process…

Additionally people from the secretary of state’s office, Empower Massachusetts,and the Tea party were on hand to keep an eye on what was going on.

Democrats only had a single seat in play, as opposed to races that they were worried about up and down the ballot so a clean election isn’t expensive, but consider; even with two ringers independent candidates in the race Durant wins by 56 votes as opposed to 1.

Republican Peter J. Durant of Spencer last night ended state Rep. Geraldo Alicea’s tenure at two terms with an apparent 3,325-to-3,269 victory in a special election for the 6th Worcester District House seat.

Independent Peter J. Boria of Charlton placed a distant third with 1,275 votes, but finished second in his hometown. Independent Robert J. Cirba of Spencer had 71 votes.

I suspect the Telegram story concerning the Southbridge city clerk easily cost Alicea enough votes to lose, but if you really want to find the difference in this race it’s this figure:

6,587

That’s each candidate’s total vote in November.  That means that 5234 fewer votes were cast than last time around.

Now I suspect there was some funny business going on last fall, but I’m pretty sure that it didn’t amount to 39% of the total vote.

Even if we rashly assume that every one of the votes for the two ringers independent candidates would have gone to Durant that means that 1916 Durant voters didn’t show up and 3309 Alicea votes didn’t show up.

If you are a democrat unhappy with this result but didn’t vote yesterday, blame yourself.  If you are a Durant supporter who voted in November but stayed home yesterday all I have to say is, you’re damn lucky.

You might recall the Worcester 6th race, the shenanigans we talked about concerning recounts, the judge ruling that a man who claimed his vote wasn’t counted could vote after the fact to tie the election, the Democratic legislature instead of having a new head to head election allowing independents to cut down on the GOP vote. Now the Worcester Telegram this morning report on the icing on the cake.

Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust was in the process of selling her house to a key figure in the disputed 6th Worcester District election during the same time period she testified twice under oath that she did not know the man.

Run that through your head a second, the Southbridge Town Clerk, the person who makes sure elections are honest, testifies under oath, not once but twice. that she doesn’t know the man claiming to have been “disenfranchised” when she’s selling her house to him?

How do you get to such a point? Easy, you have an election where every state office is returned to the one party state. She is not afraid of the Attorney General, She is not afraid of the Secretary of State, she certainly isn’t afraid of the state Legislature. As the Telegram is a paper that leans left she likely didn’t fear them either. Lucky for us they are honest.

Corruption thrives when people are not afraid of the law or it being enforced. In Southbridge the Democratic machine is not afraid of the law, of the state and are certainly not afraid of the voters.

Now the question becomes what will the judge do? Will he throw out the previous ruling and declare Durant the winner? Will he cite the clerk and claim it’s too late to change things” 3 weeks before the re-election. My guess is the latter.

Who is to blame for this? It’s us, the Voters. The voters of Southbridge voted for their city government, the voters of the district for sending Alicea to the General court and the voters of Massachusetts sending the same tired crew back as Governor, Attorney General, and Sec of State year after year. We had our best chance to change things last time and we did not.

And it will be up to us the voters again. Until and unless we demand a change we won’t get one.

Or to put it another way, we always get the government we deserve. We will shortly find out what we deserve.

Update: A classic bit, The telegram asked Ms. Daoset why she didn’t tell the court that Mr. Miranda was buying her house her answer was: “They didn’t ask” saying you don’t volunteer information that’s court 101.

Now I’m Sicilian and maybe that is the answer I might expect to hear from people in certain family businesses, but if you are the City Clerk I would have thought that the court and the city would not have to pull answers out of you concerning clean elections.

Well it took a lot of lawyers, cracked and broken election boxes, and some interesting handling of ballots during a recount but the Democratic machine managed to get the result they were looking for:

A Worcester Superior Court judge is ordering a new election for a contested Massachusetts House seat after ruling the November contest ended in a tie.

The ruling by Justice Richard Tucker means Democratic incumbent Geraldo Alicea of Charlton will again face off against Republican challenger Peter Durant of Spencer.

An earlier recount of had placed Durant one vote ahead.

But Tucker ruled a single uncounted vote for Alicea should be included in the official tally, ending in a tie.

Of course the democratic legislature might just choose to steal the election outright:

Representative Michael T. Moran, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s Election Laws Committee, said the judge’s ruling would now be reviewed by a special House committee of two Democrats and one Republican.

The committee will make a recommendation about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelection,’’ Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.’’

“It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of different issues and problems,’’ Moran said.

Red Mass. Group:

The correct answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Secretary of State to schedule the election for as early a date as possible.” He did not say that. Leaving the door open to the seating of Alicea.

Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Legislature should know that we the people of Massachusetts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Middle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot different than 2000 or 2001. Through the internet we can easily organize demonstrations, and they will be held.

This is what happens when you have a one party state. Remember we have done this to ourselves.

My latest for the Examiner talks a bit about local Massachusetts republicans re-arming:

the Gavel is passed to a new chairman

Although the working class group assembled last evening makes a mockery of that meme, the problem as Connaughton pointed out was proving that to the public. Her solution, more local involvement. She like the Twin City Tea Party Forum a week ago stressed Republicans need to get involved in politics on the local level bringing “the message of fiscal responsibility” that working class people both understand and support. It was by this method that “a farm team can be created” from which candidates known and trusted by the people could be drawn to win statewide.

The Fitchburg Republican Committee is one year old

Between this and my previous article on the Tea party forum the general consensus is that we have to start at the bottom in this state to change things.

It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but it won’t be boring.

…that might have made a difference if it was reported in October:

A jobs commission ordered almost two years ago by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Legislature to find ways to create and maintain jobs in Massachusetts has never met, causing some to view the panel as a missed opportunity during a period of high unemployment.

In interviews, stakeholders said it had taken them two years to name commission members and said they hoped to meet for the first time in January, more than 18 months after their initial reporting date. But loose ends remain. For instance, those involved in the panel could not provide a full list of its members

Remember Massachusetts you asked for this, you’ve got it.

The Boston Globe reports that things are looking grim for Massachusetts:

Massachusetts could lose more than $200 million in funding this year — and quite possibly similar amounts each year for the foreseeable future — as the incoming Republican congressional leadership and President Obama take aim at earmarked spending projects.

At risk are a host of projects across Massachusetts. The Paul Revere House in Boston’s North End could lose $400,000 in funds for a crucial renovation project. The University of Massachusetts Amherst could see $2 million intended for a science building slip away. And a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate could lose $10 million — providing an unintended case study in the politics of federal spending.

Hang on a second didn’t we just hear all during the last election how much our delegation was able to “bring home the bacon” so to speak?

Massachusetts Democrats have long boasted of their ability to win hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarked funds for such projects. But speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, has said earmarks must end,

Oh republicans are in charge in the House now where all spending much come from. Well I’m sure the Massachusetts members of the new House Majority will use what pull they have to help protect the state.

What that you say? While practically the entire country joined the big red wave Massachusetts once again elected only democrats? We don’t have any committee chairmen anymore or even a single member in the majority to try to help protect the state? Funny how the globe finds bad news now that the election is over.

Let’s be blunt. For months we have known the democratic majority in the house was doomed and as the president’s popularity continues to drop, 2012 is looking just as dark for Democrats.

Yet Massachusetts voters (perhaps with some help) choose to return Barney (Fannie/Freddie are fine) Frank and John (it was only 7 million my wife helped hide from Taxes) Tierney and the entire Massachusetts delegation. We knew about these things and voted them back in.

In a republic we always get the government we deserve. You wanted a delegation from the left. You’ve got it. As I said the day after the election:

…it will be the shock when you discover that all these democrats that you returned to congress are now in the minority and all of those tax dollars taken from you that they returned in lump sums at .82 cents on the dollar will not be coming back since they don’t have the clout to gain them and the republican house where all spending must originate is unlikely to approve them. If you had sent even a single republican to the house at least in one district there would be clout, but nope, no can do. You will miss that .82 cents on the dollar, but don’t worry the feds will meet you halfway. They will still take that dollar it was part of.

I don’t want to hear a single complaint from anyone on the left in the state over this.

And as for everyone else, you get another chance in two years. Don’t blow it.