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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Got a call from Niki Tsongas for virtual town hall.

She is describing the shutdown, simply put no long term or short term bill passed blaming the house for not clean CR. Saying clear bill would pass, and advancing the idea that it’s all about the House. Talking the Senate clean CR, saying the bill should be passed.

Pushing the history of the passage of Obamacare again the whole, “it’s the law business” It’s a wonder the people fighting integration didn’t use these same arguments.

Now pushing the benefit of Obamacare.

Talking about the number of people who have visited but not the number of people who have actually signed up.

Talking about both sides of the aisle.

Terry from Clinton: If you are confident on Obamacare why isn’t congress signed up for it, why are some allowed to opt out?

Tsongas: Misinformation. Individual mandate everyone must purchase insurance as all Massachusetts people do. We will have to demonstrate coverage. cited husband’s illness as knowledge of this issue.

Noting Sen Grassley forced congress on the exchange notes federal government will continue to provide kick in, says it’s “fair” for them to continue to get subsidies as most people looking for jobs look to see what benefits are offered.

Colleen from Haverhill: Why is congress still getting paid?

Tsongas: Congressional pay is mandated by constitution people have to decide to not take it. Mentions no gov no pay act of 2013. I will not be accepting pay & will return it.

Steven from Fitchburg: Anything we can do to force the vote?

Tsongas: continue to push 88% in poll said that they wanted the vote. gave link to survey

Brian from Gardner: What are we going to do if nothing happens by the 17th.

Tsongas: The votes are there if it takes place, Debt should be looked at but ceiling shouldn’t be held hostage. Talking about sequestration, not a fan but has cut spending. Stock Market starting to show trembles. We have to stay at it. Should look at medical device tax later. Must honor spending in place.

Roger from Lowell: Budgets were passed this year, no conference committee, talk about that.

Tsongas: Talks regular order Says Ryan budget too many cuts but it passed & senate passed budget 1st time in years. Normal process is conference committee. Describes how a conference normally works. Says House GOP will not go to conference. Need long term solution & end sequester. We need targeted spending cuts & new taxes (revenues is how she put it)

Charlene from Marlborough: Disillusioned with Democrats. I pay for my healthcare I don’t have wavers, why should some get wavers & not me. Not seeing fairness. Disgusted with the WW 2 vets memorial asked for help on that.

Tsongas: Sorry we lost you, thanks for hearing us through. Unfortunate that shutdown effected vets. I do know an effort was made to allow them in. Father survived Pearl Harbor attack. Glad they are able to find a way forward (doesn’t mention Barrycades®) On insurance more expensive to have people uninsured due to bankruptcy and cover those who can’t. Reforms help benefit everyone, talks pre-existing condition coverage.

Glenn from Gardner: When will president Obama stop capitulating to GOP? Entirely Republican Bill

Tsongas: You’re right, based on Romneycare, says it’s a Heritage bill. Debate on public option just wasn’t the votes at the time.

Jane from Haverhill: Are federal employees being paid

Tsongas: 800k employees are not, but last week house voted on Employee retroactive pay act, passed strongly bi-partisian. Some comfort that will come.

John from Haverhill: asked about signatures already gotten. Is there a legal reason.

Tsongas: Speaker has absolute control but there is a discharge petition, takes a month, needs majority. Democrats will sign it, don’t know if house GOP will sign. Majority has control it’s how house works. He holds the cards unless the American People produce outside pressure. Hope it happens.

John from Clinton: Want them to take a vote, in favor of Obamacare it’s already law.

Tsongas: Letter to editor, happy with Obamacare because of college kids still on plan. Saved over $4k because they could after car accident.

Annie from Fitchburg: Why does the president not just go pass the debt ceiling on his own? Loves affordable car act.

Tsongas: Saw an article about WalMart making more employees full time as an attraction to better workers. Says more businesses in MA offered health insurance.

Jim from Lowell: Disagree, as independent, I don’t want straight line vote, only opportunity to force a meeting. I see socialized medicine and those people come here.

Tsongas: I think linking the two (government shutdown & obamacare) is a bad idea. Says president did negotiate in sequester, hoped for long term solution. This will harm our economy.

Michael from Gardner: (question was answered so comments on companies at one time taking care of employees and not happening anymore. Inundated with the uninsured. Upset with Speaker of House

Tsongas: Just starting to recover credits end of high income Bush Tax Cuts for more revenue. Call ill afford shockwaves. No insurance is hardship on hospital. More insured more reimbursement.


Out of time didn’t get to ask my question left it as voice mail

1. Question the point of compromise is to find things you can agree on. The House has passed several funding bills with bi-partisan votes to fund NIH, monuments & vets, will you urge Harry Reid to bring these bi-partisian bills up for a vote?

Niki Tsongas has a piece published in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune that take a short at some of the effects of the Sequester:

Several months ago the manager of the Lawrence Municipal Airport notified my office that as a result of sequestration, automatic government spending cuts that went into effect in February, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) planned to close the air traffic control tower, costing jobs, economic growth and impacting safety at an airport that has seen an increase in flight traffic in recent years.

Airports across the country also faced furloughs for their air traffic controllers, which not only forced pay reductions to workers but also created severe logjams and delays for travelers. No doubt countless people experienced the logjam and received similar messages as I did from their chosen airline warning about delays due to sequestration.

She gives it a roundhouse right:

Enacted as motivation for Congress to find a comprehensive solution to America’s economic woes, these automatic cuts, commonly referred to as sequestration, were never meant to take place. The cuts are split evenly between defense and other government programs, blindly slashing the top off of federal agency budgets. Resources many citizens utilize on a daily basis are at risk, including educational opportunities, senior citizen meal assistance programs and public safety initiatives.

My friend and sometime guest Tim Imholt a likely 2014 opponent sent me a copy of a letter he sent to the paper in response saying in part:

While I agree with her statement that a “piecemeal approach” or to be blunt, these draconian methods of avoiding real governing are simply unacceptable I have a problem with her actions.

The good Congresswoman somehow failed to mention one crucial fact – that she voted in favor of the sequestration cuts.

For something before being against it, I know I’ve heard that from someone from Massachusetts before…

So, perhaps next time, the good Congresswoman should fill in the voting public on her voting record before she demonizes the legislation she obviously, once upon a time, supported.

I don’t know, she spent a lot of time in 2012 attacking the medical device tax she helped pass so I don’t see why that would change now.

Just a reminder Massachusetts, we do this to ourselves.

…but as I mention in my Examiner piece she is earning my respect for this reason:

While one might question her definition of transparency on the part of the White House there is no question of her own. She took more than a dozen questions from different voters, invited others to leave recorded messages. Asked several poll questions to get feedback from all people on the call and not only didn’t exclude people who disagreed her she proactively called them to be invited to the event.

That willingness to engage can’t but help in 2014 which promises to be a tougher election than the last. Agree or disagree on issues one can’t help but note the first job of a Representative is to treat the voters you represent properly.

No rep can vote the way all their constituents want but they can give everyone a fair hearing for their views.

Wednesday Congresswoman Niki Tsongas came to the Fitchburg Public Library for her first event in Fitchburg since being sworn in as the representative in congress for the 3rd district.

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The event: “Congress on your Corner” consisted of one on one (or two on one) meetings with various constituents from the district.

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The format was surprise to most of the people who arrived expecting a town hall-style event. At least one person who came decided to leave thinking the format was not conducive the type of open public debate she was looking for.

Personally I think the one on one setup is a good idea. Most people don’t get a chance to meet their representative in congress let alone get private time face to face.

The event was announced through robo-calls (I received one myself), through the local paper. and via her site. I arrived about 30 minutes early and only a handful of people were waiting but by the time Congresswoman Tsongas arrived the crowd continued to grow until it was well over 35.

Local Pols were well represented no fewer than 4 members of the Fitchburg City Counsel attended. Mayor Lisa Wong was there, and State reps Jen Flanagan & Steve DiNatale also came.
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Congresswoman Tsongas met the local pols en mass near the start She commented those meetings are important because “…they are tasked with managing the affairs of the community.”

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Due to the number of people there about 3 minutes were allocated per person (or pair who choose to go in together) but even with a short period of time the I think it’s a good thing for voters to meet their member of congress one on one.

Local republicans were well represented. A regular guest to my show Mary Lotz had some time with the congresswoman and was unimpressed

People had different agendas, the Local Imam Bashir Uddin Mehmud & his son came to introduce himself and the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to the congresswoman while Robert Landry had a question concerning film-making in Devens. Both were interested in a local congressional office in the city.

The Press was well represented, the Worcester Telegram and the Sentinel & Enterprise were both there talking to both voters and Congresswoman Tsongas. When the event was over the Congresswoman gave me a few minutes of her time.

She did say she would be doing town halls both standard and electronic.

Her aides were very cooperative (one is a HUGE Dr. Who fan) and the Congresswoman took some time to speak to me as she left. As one of her constituents I stressed cutting spending first on the budget.

I’m sure over the next two years we will be disagreeing a lot and I’ll be calling her on those disagreements but as for this event, I think it was a proper use of her time. There is no more important thing a member of congress can do than meet with the people who elect them.

Today we have a special Bonus commentary where I go through the choices on my ballot and tell you who I will be voting for and why.

As you might guess there are not a lot of surprises here but if you want to know the reasoning behind it here is your chance.

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard working man and women in this room here today!”

Jon Golnik at yesterday’s debate

Yesterday Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and challenger Jon Golnik met for their third and final debate before the election next month at Fitchburg State University.

The Crowd outside was loud

And there was some Gary Johnson supporters in the crowd too:

And the Crowd inside was not bad either

And included some local pols

The Panel represented the Sentinel & Enterprise and the college:

As for the debate itself I thought Golnik has his best debate, helped by an active crowd, he pressed his advantage on several questions such as Libya

and Taxes:

and I thought his Are you better off than you were before theme continues to score point in a community that is frankly depressed:

Tsongas’ best moments were concentrating on her service, on Military students:

And Transportation:

There was real substance in this debate and a real contrast between the candidates. Golnik had the line of the night when challenged over signing the Norquist pledge

“I don’t make that tax pledge to just Grover Norquist, I make that tax pledge to every hard working man and women in this room here today!”

I think Golnik clearly won this round but his biggest problem is getting his message that has appeal in this district out there. Considering that Scott Brown took the district by 15 points that Brown’s name was not invoked AGAIN by him totally confuses me.

Golnik is underfunded by a National GOP that doesn’t see the opportunity in this district, he can win if properly backed in the home stretch to get his message out. Will they and can he will be the deciding factor in this race.

Here are the remaining questions from the debate: Continue reading “Golnik Tsongas Round 3 in Fitchburg the Video”

My latest for the examiner Will Niki Tsongas be better off than she was two years ago? highlights a rather amazing answer to a question during the October 10th debate against GOP opponent Jon Golnik.

Ms Donelan asked if we are better off than we were two years ago, and the congresswoman’s answer was this:

“I absolutely believe we are better off than four years ago”

And she followed up this answer giving credit to the president’s policies for producing the result she touted.

In a solid blue state a democrat might attempt to make such a case with a straight face but nationally an attempt to say such a thing is a recipe for disaster.

And considering the reaction from the Jon Golnik campaign, it might not be that safe a case to make even here.

When asked for comment Alicia Preston adviser for the Golnik campaign said this:

“That makes as much sense as saying social security is solvent. That’s the problem with living in an ivory tower, you are thoroughly out of touch.”

In just over three weeks we will find out if the district agrees.

If there was ever an opportunity for Mr. Golnik to make up his 7 pt deficit this is it.

While the rest of the known world was following the Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren debate in Springfield Niki Tsongas and Jon Golnik were at Devens for the 2nd of 3 debates in the 3rd district race.

Just like last time there were plenty of signs

for both sides

I spoke to a Golnik supporter

a Tsongas Supporter

And took a peek outside

At a little after 8 PM the candidates were ready

The Panel from the Sentinel & Enterprise, The Sun and the AP was ready

And the Q & A began:

Continue reading “Golnik Tsongas Rnd #2 plus bonus State race!”

As we get ready for tonight debate here is my examiner piece contrasting the two debates in Massachusetts I covered this week, Brown v Warren & Tsongas V Golnik:

On Sunday afternoon incumbent Niki Tsongas running to retain her seat in the newly redrawn 3rd Massachusetts district faced Jon Golnik in the first debate of their rematch of the 2010 race at the Concord Carlisle High School.

On Monday Evening incumbent Scott Brown running to retain his seat in the US senate faced Elizabeth Warren in their second debate at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Both debates where an hour long and both featured the respective nominees of the Republican and Democrat Parties but there the similarities ended.

We focus on the big races, Romney vs Obama, Brown vs Warren but there are hundreds of house races flying under the radar that the future of the next president’s terms will depend on.

Please click and read the whole thing, it’s the easiest way to put 3/4 of a cent in my pocket short of hitting DaTipJar

Today at Concord Carlisle HS Jon Golnik and Nikki Tsongas had the first of four debates on a cold rainy day while the NE Patriots were destroying the Buffalo Bills:

I arrived in the rain

People signed in up front with an area for press I was one of only three people were listed.

There was not a big crowd to start

With the combo of a football game and a rainy sunday a large crowd was unlikely. I stated interviewing people

The debate was only scheduled for an hour, after opening statements from Niki Tsongas

and Jon Golnik

The debate started with an odd format, the moderator posed a general subject with several questions and the candidates picked and choose and then answered

I found it weird way of doing this, it made for less direct contrast

Basically allowing each candidate to go where they wanted

regardless of what the other said

When the final question of that segment was completed

Questions from the audience were asked

They were selected by the moderators

I thought this was also a bad choice

It left the decision of what was acceptable to the people running the debate

I found this was to the advantage of the incumbent both in the choice of questions and the format

When the questions were done closing statements were given, both my Rep Tsongas

And Mr. Golnik

and I spoke to both of them after the debate, only briefly to Rep Tsongas

and slightly longer for Mr. Golnik

While not agreeing with the political sentiment of Mary Ann

I do think Rep Tsongas came out ahead, the format helped her a bit, the one question where Mr. Golnik was delayed due to notes looked poor, he landed a few shots but not effectively enough as a person who is behind in a district that favors the left. Of course there are three more debates and this one was lightly covered so there is plenty of time to change the path. Meanwhile both sides held signs outside

and awaited the next clash, you can see the full gallery below the jump
Continue reading “Jon Golnik & Niki Tsongas Debate #1 Concord Carlisle HS”

I just received a new poll for Ma-3 (My congressional district) that says a lot about the races in Massachusetts.

This is a district that is newly formed so there are not concrete numbers available for the party splits (I am systematically calling each town in the district to get the numbers hope to have them by the end of the week). But while we don’t have the party splits we DO have the numbers from the Scott Brown election for the district in 2010:

Brown 57% 129521
Coakley 42% 95820
Kennedy<1% 2181

There are of course three races going on here the first is for president:

Barack Obama – 52%
Mitt Romney – 44%
Undecided – 4%

This at first glance looks like bad news for Mitt in Mass, To even have an outside chance of winning in Massachusetts he needs big numbers in areas outside of Boston, Worcester & Springfield.

Meanwhile in the Congressional race looks very similar

Niki Tsongas – 52%
Jon Golnik­ – 45%
Undecided – 3%

Tsongas is running even with Obama but Golnik is already closer than the last time he faced her. Can he he close a 7 pt gap. It should be doable, it will take hard work and turnout but it CAN be done.

Meanwhile here is are Scott Brown numbers these hold the key for all the races we have talked about.

Scott Brown – 54%
Elizabeth Warren – 42%
Undecided – 4%

At first glance this poll might be encouraging to Elizabeth Warren, she is still even with Martha Coakley and Brown would have to that 3 out of the remaining 4 pts of undecided to match the last go around. But there are several reasons to worry here if I’m Warren first comes this split in the polls

Female – 55%

Male – 45%

Yes you read that right, you have a +10 pt gap women vs Men and yet Scott Brown out polls that champion of women Liz Warren by 12 points (and remember this was taken BEFORE the law license revelations of today)

“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “didn’t you teach us not to jump until you see the splits what were the splits on this poll?”

I’m so glad you asked here are the splits in this poll:

Democrat – 31%
Republican – 17%
Independent / Other – 52%

That’s +14 for dems in a +24 state (-4 dem vs +6 GOP compared to statewide, undeclared is the same) This is a much more GOP section of the state but I’ll need till the end of the week to confirm by how much but lets note the following:

In a sample that is +14 dem & +10 women

Barack Obama only has an 8 point lead on Mitt Romney
Nikki Tsongas only has a 7 point lead on Jon Golnik

And Scott Brown leads Elizabeth Warren by 12 points! Twelve POINTS!

Brown needs a good gap here to win in Mass and for Mitt to have any chance at winning the state he has do to better but to pull these kind of numbers with a -14 disadvantage if extrapolated statewide & nationally says a lot about both Warren & Obama and none of it good.

While all of that is important lets look at this congressional race and the numbers involved.


Tsongas is +22 with a 57% Favorability Ratings. She has a famous name and is a sitting congresswoman but more importantly she is a pleasant person. Additionally only 8% of the electorate dosn’t have an opinion so that’s a real advantage.

Her Opponent Jon Golnik has a +16 Favorability Ratings, that’s nothing to sneeze at particularly in a -14 poll sample but the big difference here is 34% of those polled either haven’t heard of him or haven’t made up their minds.

This is his opening, 7 points is extremely doable and Golink has several things he can do

1. Obamacare: Remember Obamacare was the reason Scott Brown did so well last time, Nikki Tsongas has (to her credit) not run away from her vote for the Unpopular law. Golnik needs to tie her Obamacare so tightly to Nikki Tsongas that if she fell into the water she could use her vote as a flotation device.

2. Brown/Golnik Warren/Tsongas: Scott Brown was an early endorser of Jon Golnik, he needs to play up, it must be Golnik & Brown vs Tsongas & Warren. If Scott Brown so much as goes stop to go get Gas anywhere in the District Golnik needs to sanding next to him. Any Brown event in Ma-3 HAS to be a Golnik event meanwhile all over Fitchburg I see Nikki Tsongas & Elizabeth Warren signs together, great, link them by the hip.

3. Positive Positive Positive: Hitting a 66 year old widow of a beloved figure in the state isn’t going to do the trick, the instinct to go negative needs to be resisted (and no tying her to Obamacare is not negative advertising, that’s the truth)

The case to make is this: Nikki Tsongas is a nice person and an honest person, she just wrong. That’s the ad: Nikki Tsongas & Elizabeth Warren, wrong on Obamacare, wrong on Taxes and wrong for the 3rd District. Jon Golnik like Scott brown believes lower taxes, ending the Mandate of Obamacare and will fight to bring jobs back to new 3rd district.

This race is completely winnable by Jon Golnik with some hard work and some smart moves but if you are the left consider this:  In Massachusetts with a +14 D sample and a +10 Women sample  has an opponent in striking range.

If this is the situation in Massachusetts what must it be nationwide in states where Obama is not as popular?

And it shouts to the right loud and clear:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

If I was the left, I’d be afraid, VERY afraid.

Tonight there will be a debate between the two candidates for the GOP nomination for the 3rd Massachusetts District at Fitchburg State University.

Jon Golnik and Tom Weaver will face off for 90 minutes discussing and debating the issues for the right to take on Nikki Tsongas in the fall.

While GOP nominations in congress usually draw a yawn from the media this particular race has the potential for a lot of trouble for the Democrats. Representative Tsongas is running in a re-drawn district in a year when Obamacare is an issue Congress will be voting on next term. She has, to her credit, forthrightly defended her vote

DaTechGuy: The president’s healthcare plan has been upheld as constitutional will you be campaigning on support for that plan?

Congresswoman Tsongas: Absolutely, I’ve been a strong supporter for it from the outset. We need to provide adequate healthcare for the millions of Americans who do not have it and we need to work very hard at bringing down the cost so that we can all afford to buy the insurance we need.

but that vote might prove painful in this new district when you look at Scott Brown’s margin from just two years ago.

in the cities and town that now constitute the Massachusetts 3rd district the margin was more impressive:

Brown 57% 129521
Coakley 42% 95820
Kennedy <1% 2181

That’s a 15 point difference in an election that Brown won by less than 5 points overall.

With those numbers and Scott Brown on the Ballot again, this becomes a race to watch.

The debate is tonight: Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00-8:30 at Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Building. It is being co-sponsored by the Fitchburg Republican City Committee and Sentinel and Enterprise

I’ll be there, I hope to see you there too.


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Tom Weaver spoke and took questions at yesterday’s GOP committee meeting:

I asked him about Obamacare and Nikki Tsongas support of it but the best point he made was about getting Romney fired up:

“I don’t think there is anything we can say that not going to be classified as racist”

Once Republicans in General and the Romney campaign in particular figure this out, then they will be able to handle anything the MSM throw at him. And believe me considering how bad it’s going to be for these guys, they are going it’s going to get a lot worse.


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Yesterday I commented on Nikki Tsongas’ support for Obamacare and how it might be a problem in Fitchburg. I’ve been taking a closer look at the figures and frankly this could be a bigger problem than anyone realizes the Congresswoman.

Consider: In January 2010 the special election was in effect a referendum on Obamacare. Scott Brown campaigned against it and vowed to be the 41st vote to block it.

Brown won that race (the first Senate victory for a member of the GOP since the 1972 Nixon Landslide) by five points statewide. The totals were as follows:

Brown 51.8% 1,168,178
Coakley 47.1% 1,060,861
Kennedy 1% 22,388

Ok that’s actually 4.7% unrounded, not much of a margin.

But in the cities and town that now constitute the Massachusetts 3rd district the margin was more impressive:

Brown 57% 129521
Coakley 42% 95820
Kennedy<1% 2181

That’s a 15 point difference in an election that Brown won by less than 5 points overall. And if you look at the top ten cities in the district based on votes cast in 2010 it gets worse for the left…

Brown 58% 76097
Coakley 41% 54018
Kennedy 1% 1284

Larger cities are usually Democrat strongholds. In the state overall Coakley won 9 out of the 10 largest cities. Unfortunately for the left none of those cities are in this district. In this district only Lawrence went against Brown (by a 2-1 margin). Brown won the other 9 largest cities in the district and actually did a point better than the district overall.

In short in an election all about Obamacare Scott Brown dominated the vote in what is now the Massachusetts 3rd District and that same Scott Brown is going to be on the ballot this fall.

But DaTechGuy” you argue, “Nikki Tsongas has won re-election right along without trouble and this time President Obama will be on the ticket too!

I’m glad you brought that up. Let’s consider four important points:

1. Thanks but no Thanks Mr. President:
Let’s remember that President Obama made it a point to campaign with Martha Coakley in Boston just before the election and it didn’t help her win a seat that the Democrats won since 1978. There is a reason why Ohio union leaders kept Obama out of the state during their special election.

2. A Done Deal: In fall 2010 Obamacare was already passed. A vote for Nikki Tsongas would have no bearing on if Obamacare remained the law of the land or no. In 2012 that isn’t going to be the case.

3. The Obama “Recovery”: Let me quote a post you might have read a few days ago.

What the public IS paying attention to every day is their own lives. Unfortunately for Mr. Hope and change and his re-election team, the worst economy since before World War 2 has been the daily reality of those lives since he has been elected.

You can spin this, you can rationalize this, you can give excuses for this, but you can’t pretend this isn’t true.

And remember there is absolutely no daylight between Nikki Tsongas and Barack Obama.

4. My name is Weaver/Golnik & I’m with Scott Brown:

Just as there is no daylight between Nikki Tsongas and Barack Obama there is no daylight between either Jon Golnik or Tom Weaver and Scott Brown on Obamacare. The ads just write themselves. Do you want to be with Scott Brown & Tom Weaver/Jon Golnik or Barack Obama & Nikki Tsongas?

MA-3 may not be on a lot of people’s maps right now, but after looking at these figures, paybe the GOP might decide to pump in even more than the 2.2 mil into TV ads around here.

Be afraid Democrats, be VERY afraid!


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In my coverage of the Fitchburg July 4th Parade I had the chance to interview Congresswoman Nikki Tsongas as she marched.

In addition to her answer on the Swatting letter (she knew nothing about it) there was some news made concerning Obamacare

DaTechGuy: The president’s healthcare plan has been upheld as constitutional will you be campaigning on support for that plan?

Congresswoman Tsongas: Absolutely, I’ve been a strong supporter for it from the outset. We need to provide adequate healthcare for the millions of Americans who do not have it and we need to work very hard at bringing down the cost so that we can all afford to buy the insurance we need.

In an election where the result is going to decide if Obamacare remains the law of the land, this position, and props to her for not equivocating on it, could make a big difference come November.

Just to remind you Scott Brown won Fitchburg with 58.9% of the vote vs Coakley’s 39.9%. That 19 POINTS out of 9461 votes cast.

If I’m Nikki Tsongas, I’d be spending an awful lot of time here over the next 4 months.


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