I spoke to Mass. GOP Senate candidate Mike Sullivan at the “How to save the GOP event” hosted by Michael Graham.

Full disclosure I endorsed Sullivan last week, but I also interviewed his opponents here.

I like that Sullivan isn’t bending or equivocating on these issues and his direct approach is very refreshing and his realism on spending is something tat this state and this country needs in the Senate.

And let’s be blunt to all those who want me to change based on social issues. Abortion is an intrinsic evil, cooperation in an intrinsic evil is a mortal sin, period.

If there is no pro-life candidate I’ll pick the best choice on other issues but a faithful & believing catholic is not going to commit a mortal sin in the hopes of taking an election issue off the table and anyone who thinks they would are idiots.

You can donate to his campaign here.

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Yesterday after a rather excellent show, I traveled to Tewksbury Ma

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Cover the first candidate forum between GOP contenders for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry.

The event, which included a large amount of local candidates for offices from Library Trustee to Selectman was sponsored by the local GOP I spoke to the Chairman before it began:

and to one of the local candidates

After the pledge and an invocation things got started, I began by doing a pan of the crowd during the introduction but as I started Gabriel Gomez was immediately called to the podium so rather than cutting the video I just kept shooting.

Gomez’s speech was a solid, down home speech. He stressed his military & business experience and stressed the concept of service as paying back America for all it’s given his family after his mother came here.

I particularly liked his description of Sequestration saying Washington: “bottled up a virus and mailed it to themselves”

Next Dan Winslow came up,

By contrast he has served in the legislature and as a Judge touting his experience and took careful aim at the democrats in a speech that would really inspire the grassroots. He cheered the Rand Paul filibuster saying he would have joined it, talked about Sequester as cutting “less than 3% of the rate of increase of federal spending” and effectively contrasted the items that the White House choose NOT to cut, vs the School Tours calling out the Democrats for their scare tactics.

By the time he was done the 3rd Candidate Mike Sullivan had not arrived so they introduced a pair of local candidates who spoke. When Mr. Sullivan had not arrived an intermission was called so the candidates could meet the voters and answer questions.

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As you might guess they dived right in and engaged the crowd

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I wanted to give them some space to meet the voters so I next talked to one of the selectman candidates who spoke.

Some of you might be saying, “DaTechGuy, I’m interested in the Mass Senate Race, not some selectman in a small town“. If you are, shame on you!

It’s these selectmen, school committee and yes even library trustee’s who are willing to step up to take taking those jobs that can be really difficult jobs closest to the people that we have to encourage. The bench the GOP needs comes from such men and women. That’s true community service.

I spoke to Gabriel Gomez first.

he is a very appealing candidate in a lot of ways. I really see why fellow Navy Man Smitty jumped on board right away. As a grandson of Sicilian immigrants his story as a son of immigrants really strikes home.

I talked to Dan Winslow next

He’s a Western Mass guy like myself (just to clarify to my readers. To Boston folk anything outside 128 or 495 is “Western Mass” To people like me in central Mass West of the Berkshires and the CT river is Western Mass.)

He said the line every single republican in this state at every level need to memorize and take to heart “I’m proud of being a republican in Massachusetts and I think that people agree with the principles we espouse they just don’t associate them with us right now, I’m going to make that connection for them in this election.”

By the time we finished talked Mr. Williams had still not arrived much to the worry of the Rabid Republican Blog who was also there (and a volunteer for Williams) who had come here from the same venue Mr. Williams had been at.

When the intermission finished the remainder of the local candidates spoke. The sheer number of them is a great credit to the Town of Tewksbury.

By the time there were all done Mr. Sullivan had still not arrived so I spoke to an attendee who was filming the event about what he saw

NH is notorious for local involvement in politics. If your town has impressed a NH man you’re doing it right.

I had not met any of the Senate candidate till today (although Mr. Winslow remembered seeing me at other events) I think both Senate Candidates helped themselves. I think the real fight will be Winslow’s polish and strong assertive message to Mr. Gomez’s very appealing backstory and outsider status. Both are heads and shoulders above the Democrats

As for Mr Sullivan, the Rabid Republican endorsement weighs strongly with me, but you can’t win if you don’t play.

My advice to all three, watch this speech particularly these 76 seconds and take it to heart.

The gallery follows and take note of the local people in it. They are the people who make democracy work.

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When you make your living on Tip Jar hits it’s a series of highs and lows. I started last week coming off the worst week I ever had ($104) since seeing that $300 paycheck. This week I start coming off my best ($530) but combined it comes out to a net pay of $317 for the pair.

That will keep me going. I’ve got CPAC this week and some larger bills but the goal for the week remains the same. 15 tip jar hitters giving $20 to get me to a $300 paycheck.

If you think the local and state coverage I’m providing is worth it and want a perspective different from the MSM, I invite you to be one of this week’s fifteen (and if you want to kick in a bit more to help cover CPAC, I won’t complain one bit).

If you want to know why the GOP has done so well lately, it’s because we have candidates like Susannah Whipps Lee.

Anyone who spends 5 minutes with this woman will see she has incredible potential, but more interesting is that she is running a business that employes a ton of people. She could be doing that and living fine, instead she is heading to the state house to serve.

(and yes she will win her election)

If you want to help her across the finish line you can kick in here.

This is how we change Massachusetts, one district at a time.

If you want to find out why there is a tea party movement take a look of this interview:

Listen to the arrogance described and his amazing story of being voted out of a public event because his presence made his opponent “uncomfortable”.

Multiply that attitude in districts all around the nation and violá, you have a grass-roots candidates springing up all around the nation.

Chuck is running in the 3rd Middlesex district in Massachusetts his website is here.

Libertarian Candidate Gov Gary Johnson was the final speaker at the Worcester Tea Party event yesterday.

He spoke to me after the event.

and also spoke to a group of young people there on the subject of Ron Paul.

I found him a decent and experienced fellow, I think it was a travesty and a mistake to exclude him from the debates, but I also think that at this point any votes is draws are more likely to help than hurt the re-election of the president (particularly since several blue states now allocated their electoral votes based on popular vote totals.)

His campaign site is here

I briefly mentioned Elizabeth Childs meet and greet from yesterday. Here is the rest of the story. I didn’t take many stills:

Childs opening speech

Tom Wesley was the host:

She had an opening speech:

She also asked questions: What prompted the switch from democrat to republican

How do you handle different groups in a districts:

How about extremes:

Sustaining fisheries:

Illegal Immigration:

It was a great move by Tom Wesley which will be repeated on Sunday. If you want more info on Childs it is here.

Childs is a very intelligent woman and would clearly be superior to Kennedy. Because of her abortion position I am of course ethically unable to support her with a pro-life Sean Beilat in the race, but if she wins the nomination and the choice is between two candidates with no difference on life I will have absolutely no issue with promoting her over Kennedy.

She is a real loss for the democrats, if only they had more fiscally responsible people on board their party would be better off.

If you want more information on her you can find her web site here.

I will be posting interviews with candidates done at CPAC one a day starting today:

Meet Glenn Addison (R) candidate for Senate in Texas

Mr. Addison’s web site is here.

I took video of parts of the Q & A with Santorum in Windham NH:

On Crony Capitalism

On American Values

And Individualism

On SOPA he took two questions

and then one from Issac

On the cost of tuition

On faith in the pubic square:

I also talked to people there such as these two ladies

Issac who asked the SOPA question:

Connor a student there to do a report

I ran into some old friends:

I do apologize BTW to them but I got to bed at 4:30 and will make a Paul event today somewhere.

And finally talked to a gentleman from Texas up to see how NH does it.

My base report is here, Stacy McCain’s is here and Roxeanne’s liveblog is here

During his appearance at the Border Grille on Monday Presidential Candidate answered questions on all kinds of subjects. There were too many to put in a single post so I’m going to do them in pairs over the next several days:

Let’s start with the first question on drilling and the Environmentalism

There are two short clips.

BTW I will be happy to do this with any presidential candidate at any forum I attend, you simply have to get me there.

Last year I saw Col West at the Pam Geller event, this year he was the Keynote Speaker, but before he gave his keynote he visited bloggers row. (Maureen Dowd was not invited)

There were a lot of people in that room who would love to see this man on a national ticket sometime soon.

update: …particularly if he keeps saying stuff like this.

Ok Technically Andrew wasn’t a candidate for the Republican nomination in Maine when this was shot, but he is now:

Don’t discount da bloggers when it comes to running. Maine is a lot smaller than California and anything can happen between now and then.

Here are some videos from the day:

Before the crowd comes:

Jerry talked to me first

So Did Steve and Denise:

and Richard and Shirley:

And Linda:

I ran into Jen Caissie’s mom but didn’t know who she was when I started:

If you don’t know who Jen is here’s jen:

Since the left came to protest and unlike the tea party people decided to assault a driver who disagreed with them

The Media found the protesters interesting and the police stayed on top of them the entire time:

When things were done I talked to Ron:

And checked back with Jerry

It was a good little rally, not in the class of the Boston event but still effective. At least effective enough that it worried the left. Their actions during the pledge and the national anthem combined with the assault did more to hurt their cause than anything else.

Leftists nuts in VA too, at least they didn’t assault anyone.

I talked to Marty Lamb before he went on air. He ended up staying all night leaving at 1 a.m.

There are a lot of Democratic races around the nation that really could have used the resources that Jim McGovern has been forced to expend in defending this seat. That Big Red Wave will owe a lot to the work of Massachusetts Republicans.

The point about having no time to follow other news is something a lot of people forget, just because you see it on the net doesn’t mean a candidate running hard has the chance to.

All three candidates graciously agreed to speak to me after the debate:

It was quite a thing to hear a democrat actually defend Obamacare and not talk about repeal, it was almost refreshing. If you’re going to vote for something; own it!

This was my first meeting with Mr. Engel, he is a good advocate for ideas that I totally disagree with

Gunn pointed out Olver has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV. He will be running some TV but could use about 40K to try to compete with Congressman Olver’s volume and put him over, can you help? if you can Click Here to contribute.

At the very end of her event in Leominster last week Karyn Polito gave me a few minutes

The video is very poor due to lighting but the determination and the drive shine through anyway

Claire Freda has been a city council member for a long time, I talked to her at the Karyn Polito event in Leominster last Wednesday

Sorry about the lighting, the Dessert bar lighting was horrible for Video:

We talked for quite a while, If I’m correct about what’s coming, it will be interesting to get her reaction Nov 3rd.

I caught most of Ann Marie Buerkle’s speech today at the event in Clyde yesterday

I like her a lot, but the Lonely Conservative’s high opinion of her speaks volumes as well.

I talked to Jeff Perry at his Quincy HQ today:

ma-10 was the only race that the national media before the last month gave republicans a chance to win. It will be the start of the Big Red Wave.

While I was interviewing Bill Gunn, Tom Wesley, and Marty Lamb Sen Richard Moore was on the Air at WCRN, he talked to me right after he finished:

Conservatives I’ve talked to speak and think well of Sen Moore but it’s interesting to note that he talked to me about being a conservative democrat and opposing the majority in the state often.

The Times they are a changing!

In the 3rd district there are actually 3 candidates for that congressional seat. In addition to Marty Lamb and Jim McGovern we have an independent candidate Pat Barron.

I’m not sure I buy the 3rd party argument, but if you do his site is here.

State Rep Candidate Ray Igou (9th Essex) at the Reading Tea Party 9/7/2010

he is an airline pilot by trade and another great example of a regular guy who decided to step up to make a difference. He not only talks sense, I look forward to seeing him at the statehouse.

This is why we will win and continue to win, we are inspiring not people looking for a career but people with lives and careers to step forward to lead. This guy has class and sense.

Bill Hudak is looking to win the 6th district republican primary on the 14th. This is his presentation at the Reading Tea party on Sept 7th:

Hudak is an excellent speaker who did something that instantly made me like him. He started to run MONTHS before Scott Brown was elected and way before anyone thought the democrats were in trouble.

Rush Limbaugh said that the pioneers take the arrows. Hudak has gotten an awful lot of flack from the MSM and if he wins the nomination he will get even more (of course EVERY GOP candidate will) but Hudak seems to get their special ire as he was willing to stand out when nobody else was. I was also pleased with the answer to my question concerning helping the State GOP if he won, he said: Win or lose I will be helping the GOP locally.

Media attacks not withstanding I think Mr. Hudak will be a valuable asset to the Republican party in general and the conservative movement in particular for years to come.

One of the speakers at the Reading Tea Party last night was Rob McCarthy who is hoping to win the nomination to face John Tierney in the 6th district.

The light was REALLY horrible in the room and all of my videos taken there have a red Tint that I don’t have time to edit out.

McCarthy is an inactive Marine (there is no such thing as an Ex-Marine) who currently practices law in Saugus. He has been active in local politics for a while, favors the repeal of ASAP of Obamacare), believes we can drop the costs of Insurance by allowing sales across state lines. He committed himself to helping GOP candidates statewide if he won as well. On Illegal Immigration he nailed it by saying:

“We have every right to expect people to enter this country legally & respect our law”.

That sums it up pretty well.

Just before 10 p.m. after the Plymouth County GOP Straw Poll I went next door to Bella’s restaurant for a bite and in the Bar next to Corey Welch & his party all of whom joined the Axis of Fedora:

You might be asking. Pete, what’s with the grainy film? I owe Cory an apology, it was very late and I was very tired so I didn’t think to relocate to a spot with better lighting but then again the entire restaurant was very dark. It was the best tweak I could manage with Movie Maker to make him more visible

Corey Welch joins the Axis of Fedora

However I have an excellent still of him joining the Axis of Fedora, in fact his entire party joined the axis that now perhaps reaches into the Palin home. (Alas no.)

I actually had already uploaded the original and a black and white version until I settled on this as the best and deleted the other two from youtube.

I absolutely love Kristine’s story:

The truth is there is nothing you can do until you decide to do it. Kristine is the perfect expression of the change in this country, people deciding to get involved. She got involved. Plymouth county and the PCRSP should be pleased to have her. I don’t know if she is involved in the tea parties but she is a perfect expression of them.

Keith Lepor speaks to me at the Plymouth County GOP straw poll on 9/1/2010

His point about volunteers is very important. Other than money people willing to hold signs, write letters and knock on doors are the most important things that a campaign can have to win.

The first in a series of videos from the Plymouth County GOP straw Poll event from Sept 1st 2010

Malone is one of 4 candidates running for the GOP nomination in MA10

I interviewed Guy Carbone at the end of the Twin City Tea Party on Aug 30 2010.

When it comes to demographics and religion and ethnicity there is no candidate closer to me that I’ve met.