The race for the Ninth Congressional District got a little more concrete last week, which marked the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers.
The de facto incumbent, Congressman William R. Keating (D), announced last week his team had submitted his nomination papers and he was “on the ballot,” even though, technically, all those signatures must first be certified.
(I say “de facto” because Rep. Keating is running for a second term, but he is currently representing the 10th Congressional District. The 10th as it exists now will be eliminated and many of its communities will be rolled into a new Ninth District.)
The other party candidates in the race — fellow Democrat C. Samuel Sutter, Bristol County’s DA, and Republicans Christopher Sheldon of Plymouth and Adam Chaprales of Sandwich — have filed their nomination papers according to local town clerks.
Senate President Therese M. Murray (D – Plymouth) is holding her Cape Cod-area campaign kick-off event tonight at 6 PM in the Atlantic Room of the Brookside Club in Bourne. If you’d like to attend, give a call to 508-591-0230 and see if there is still room.
Sen. Murray held a kick-off event last week in Plymouth, and the Massachusetts Republican party has offered an interesting opinion on that. In an e-mail to supporters sent out Monday, the GOP noted that the Plymouth event was preceded by “scant media notification and no announcement on the Senate President’s Facebook page.”
“Everyone in politics knows you announce bad news on a Friday, so clearly the Senate President believes her own candidacy for re-election isn’t good news for the Commonwealth,” Peter Blute, deputy chairman of the Mass. GOP remarked in the e-mail. “I agree with the Senate President that she should be ashamed of her record.”
By “her record,” Mr. Blute means the passage of a sales tax increase, revoking the sales tax exemption on alcohol sales, and the fact that “on Senator Murray’s watch, three state Senators went to jail.” Those three would be Anthony Gallucio (drunk driving), Dianne Wilkserson (who this year was sentenced to jail time for accepting bribes), and James Marzilli (sexual harassment).
(One note in the interest of full context: these Senators’ respective offenses were committed while they were in office, but they were all convicted after resigning from the Legislature.)
Mr. Blute’s analysis of Sen. Murray’s 11th-hour event announcement is, of course, political rhetoric at its finest. He’s reading into the situation exactly what he wants to based on purely superficial evidence (why he went with subconscious self-loathing is beyond me), and preaching it to the choir. Hardly a compelling case for ousting Sen. Murray from office.
The Democrats could as easily interpret it this way: “Terry Murray has nearly $140,000 in her campaign fund and doesn’t need to go nuts promoting fundraisers.” Me, I interpret it as: “Whoops, that was really dumb. We should have publicized this better. Oh, well, we’ll pay closer attention next time.”
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