I spoke to Peter Durant on Wednesday at the RNC Meetings in Boston:

It’s important to remind people that, contrary to popular belief, there are such things as GOP State Reps who can be elected and re-elected in seats previously held by democrats

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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.

For my zeroth post at DaTechGuyBlog, I’m happy to announce that Peter Durant won his election for state rep in the 6th Worcester district.

In November, Durant won the election by four votes.  His opponent, Alicea, contested the count.  Upon recount, Durant was up by one vote.   Rather than concede, Alicea sued.  Under Massachusetts law, the incumbent can retain his seat until the Secretary of State certifies an election, so Alicea remained on Beacon Hill during this debacle.  The judge ruled that the election was actually a tie and then ordered a special election.

Today was the day for the special election; Peter Durant won by 55 votes.  Alicea finally conceded – which is what he should have done seven months ago.  Congratulations, Peter.

(Roxeanne De Luca)

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.

According to this fellow something that he accuses of Durant doing 10 years ago (that has no basis in reality) proves that Durant is trying to steal an election that he has been ahead of in every single count. This is even though in every city where Mr. Durant won, the recounts were held in a professional manner and matched exactly to the counts of election night.

Meanwhile in Southbridge you had a ballot boxes cracked open, one box not tied, no controls on the people in the area of the recounts and (by an odd coincidence) you have two extra votes for the democratic candidate (recall that the initial reported lead for Durant’s was 2 votes) and the town clerk happens to be the cousin of the democratic candidate. Yet this gentleman sees nothing odd here.

Let’s remind this gentleman that the judge who heard this case a decade ago took all of five minutes to decide that arguments of the lawyers opposing Durant had all the credibility of the candidacy Alvin Greene of South Carolina.

However who needs that when you have this:

Keep in mind Howard Potash told me that over 200 dead voters voted in the Great Recall Election

Tell me did Mr. Potash tell him that the Moon is populated by Mice with spiked haircuts? I suspect if he did this gentleman would believe him since apparently the arguments made before a judge in a court of law can’t compare to hearsay told to a blogger by a lawyer in a losing case not under oath.

Ya gotta love the left, they are never more fun than when they are in panic.

To those of you who don’t think your vote matters the Worcester 6th district says think again:

Republican Peter J. Durant maintained the slimmest of margins — one vote — and declared victory over state Rep. Geraldo Alicea in the 6th Worcester District race yesterday afternoon, based on the last of five recounts held this week.

However, Mr. Alicea, D-Charlton, said he will challenge the result in court, based on an uncounted absentee ballot in Southbridge.

In the final recount here yesterday, the two-hour tally produced four candidate challenges, but no changes in the result of the Nov. 2 election.

So after 5 recounts the republican is still ahead by a single vote, so what is a democrat to do? Why go to court of course!

Mr. Alicea said as votes were being counted yesterday that if nothing changed in the recount in Oxford, he would go to court over an uncounted absentee ballot from Southbridge.

“It’s a process that could take several months,” Mr. Alicea said.

The recount that cut Mr. Durant’s lead from 4 votes to 1 votes has been….interesting:

Questions arose after Durant supporters noticed that the ballot storage box for that precinct did not appear to be properly locked.

Hardwick Town Moderator Ryan J. Witkos, who was observing the count for Mr. Durant, said the box was affixed with one rather than two locks. He said he asked Town Clerk Madaline I. Daoust to try to open the box before cutting the lock and “it was able to be opened like it had never been sealed.”emphasis mine

The disputed absentee ballot, which was deemed spoiled, was from that precinct.

I’m shocked SHOCKED. You would think there were all kinds of interesting events going on this election.

12:50 a.m. Talking Iraq & Afghanistan, but also talking Iran and nuclear fuel.

12:36 a.m. Asking Marty (who is a real estate lawyer) about the housing bubble, blames Fanny and Freddie

12:31 a.m. Marty gives McGovern credit for debating and sticking with his beliefs.

12:22 a.m. Now Marty Lamb is back with us for the end.

12:14 a.m. Talking about actually making decisions when elected

11:57 p.m. questions for the candidates coming from a caller on questions 1 & 3

11:45 p.m. We are extending the show to 1 a.m!

11:35 p.m Ed McGrath (State Senate Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Franklin, Medway.) Rodney Josephson (state rep 5th Worcester district) , Peter Durant 6th Worcester (state Rep) , Dan Dubrule (state senate State Senator of the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Senatorial District) all on the air together

11:32 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for governor’s council now on

11:25 p.m. Kamal Jain explaining why we should vote yes on Question 1 and question 3

11:15 p.m. I’ll give Jim McGovern credit, like John Olver he defended his votes, he didn’t have an answer for the other dems who are running from their records but it’s not him job. Gotta love a guy who sticks to his guns!

11:05 p.m. Congressman Jim McGovern (d) for Ma-3 now on

10:52 p.m. Steve Grossman (d) candidate for Treasurer on

10:50 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for Governor’s council about to go on

10:34 p.m. Bill Campbell (r) for sec of state now on the air

10:20 p.m. Stacy McCain says that all 4 of them have a shot of winning

10:15 p.m. Stacy Mccain now calling in to join the 4 congressmen

9:48 p.m. Taking calls for the candidates

9:46 p.m. tom Wesley now joining us too ma-1 ma-2 ma-3 ma-4 all on the air at once! Bazinga!

9:39 p.m. Talking the Big Red Wave with Marty Lamb. Sean Bielat talking about democrats supporting him.

9:26 p.m. We now have Bill Gunn, Marty Lamb and Sean Bielat on the air ma-1, ma-3, ma-4

9:14 p.m. Kevin Kuros candidate for State Rep in the 8th Worcester district now up

9:09 p.m. Two of the three Sheriff candidates on the line now, just got back from interviewing Bill Gunn ma-1 in the waiting area with Marty Lamb ma-3

8:50 p.m. Talk about unusual we have both Tom Foley (d) candidate for Sheriff and Keith Nicholas (i) candidate for Worcester County Sheriff at the same time.

8:46 p.m. Jim McKenna (r) candidate for AG now on the air

8:38 p.m. Jim Henderson (i) candidate for Sec of State just on

8:25 p.m. Sen Moore says nothing is likely to happen this session on it.

8:20 p.m Sitting State Senator Dick Moore on with Mary right now.

8:15 p.m. Mary Z Connaughton candidate for State Auditor now on the line

8:10 p.m. Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) now on in the studio

8:00 p.m. Great middle eastern food tonight in the studio provided by Bagels and Kabobs at 160 Worcester Providence Turnpke Sutton Mass. Thanks to Tom Kahale.

7:58 p.m. Jen gives us the same report that canvasser have told me about knocking as a republican.

7:53 p.m. Jen Caissie candidate for Gov council now on the line, John asks her about the big red wave

7:46 p.m. Asking about Gary asks Karen about “nasty campaigning” and getting back together after the election.

7:38 p.m. Karyn Polito candidate for State Treasurer is now on the line

7:35 p.m. Kim Roy is back on

7:28 p.m. Gary Rosen asked about getting a casino, Baker talks about the Patrick not managing to do it with a friendly legislature.

7:25 p.m In the studio waiting to go on later two independent candidates: Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) and Jim Henderson (I) candidate for Sec of State no idea when we will get to them as we have a bunch of people on the line.

7:20 p.m. Asked about state workers being laid off, Baker answers: He gets this from state workers all the time and asks: Is there anyone who is a political appointment or not pulling their weight? When they answer “yes” he says “So what’s the problem?”

7:13 p.m. Baker says he has been hearing good things from Dems

7:10 p.m. Candidate for governor Charlie Baker now on the air.

7:05 p.m. We are starting with Kim Roy State Senate

Getting ready for the Red and Blue Political Horror Show