Happy October, everyone, and welcome to the special “Who cares?” edition of the column.
First we start out with a bit that was circulating last week, about State Representative (and Congressional candidate) Jeffrey D. “Young Gun” Perry (R – Sandwich) calling Sarah Palin an “entertainer” and stating he would decline any offer of campaign assistance from the former Alaskan governor/former vice-presidential candidate/person whose 15 minutes of fame dried up two hours and 42 minutes ago.
Apparently Rep. Perry caused a bit of a stir by having the audacity to not kiss the feet of the Mighty Palin and state that her version of the Tea Party Movement — a.k.a. the New and Improved Republican Party, now with 15 percent more self-righteous indignation — was not the same as the 10th Congressional District’s version (which has 30 percent less insanity and no high-fructose corn syrup).
While I think the statement was a bit of a calculated move on Rep. Perry’s part, an effort to maintain his Tea Party ties while distancing himself from the national movement’s more radical elements, people are making way too big a deal out of this. So what if he offered, really, a very mild criticism of Sarah Palin? It’s not like he called her the Paris Hilton of national politics.
(I did that. Just now).
Next we move on to the race for governor’s council of the first district, which features Oliver P. Cipollini Jr. of Marstons Mills, a Democrat…at least, he is right now, and that is part of the kerfuffle surrounding him.
Apparently, Mr. Cipollini has over the past 14 years or so jumped in and out of the Democratic and Republican parties, sometimes entering and leaving and re-entering the parties within a matter of weeks.
Were he running for a major seat this might be cause to question his motivations, but it’s the governor’s council race — the race no one knows bupkiss about and no one cares about. Bigger fish to fry, people.
The real issue lies with Charles O. Cipollini – Oliver’s brother and the Republican candidate for the post – and his rather lackadaisical attitude toward the race. Charles has made it quite clear he would prefer to see his younger brother win the race: “My brother is more qualified than I am, I must admit…I would still rather see him win.”
Charlie, if you’re not going to work for the job, if you’re not going to make even a token attempt to compare and contrast your positions to those of your brother, spare us all the sham of a non-campaign and go away.
I hate to say that because I think voters should always have a choice, but Charles Cipollini is practically handing the race over to Oliver Cipollini, and that’s just appalling.
One more, before I move on to stuff you can give a toss about: Timothy P. Cahill last week lost advisor John Weaver, who left the campaign because he did not believe Mr. Cahill stood a snowball’s chance in the gubernatorial race, and he would rather see voters jump the sinking Cahill ship and get with Team Charlie Baker.
“As much as I like Tim Cahill, I can’t be party to helping elect the most liberal candidate in the race,” Mr. Weaver told the press.
Don’t read into this development too much; campaigns lose people all the time. This isn’t a sign of how badly Mr. Cahill’s campaign is tanking (the poll numbers are doing that), but more a measure of Mr. Weaver’s professionalism; quitting is one thing, kicking dirt on your employer on the way out is another.
David T. Vieira, Republican candidate for State Representative of the Third Barnstable District, last weekend opened his Vote Vieira Campaign Headquarters at 699 Teaticket Highway, so drop on in for all your Vieirabilia.
Mr. Vieira has a couple of events coming up. He invites business owners to a “Business Town Meeting” with the candidate on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 AM. That’s at Landucci on Main Street in Hyannis, and people can register by contacting the campaign via email@example.com or call 508-563-7292.
The general public is invited to attend a “meet the candidate” night with Mr. Vieira at the Pocasset Golf Club on Wednesday, October 13. Dutch and Addie Drolette are hosting the event, which runs from 4 to 6 PM. RSVP by calling 508-540-6727.
While this race is not in the Enterprise coverage area, I felt compelled to comment nevertheless. Patrick J. Foran, who is challenging State Representative Cleon H. Turner (D – Dennis), has launched a new radio ad, in which he berates the incumbent for receiving an endorsement from the Democratic Socialists.
You can see where this is going, of course. Yes, Foran is hitting the Socialist Panic Button.
Stay classy, Patrick…stay classy.
So, for the record, what do Democratic Socialists want? This, according to their official website: “Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.”
Ordinary Americans participating in the many decisions that affect our lives? Wait a sec…isn’t that the very same thing the Tea Party movement is promoting?
Take that, fearmongers.
Dr. Jill E. Stein got a big boost to her campaign war chest over the past week, passing the $100,000 mark. The drive was sparked in large part by the Boston media’s refusal to allow Dr. Stein to participate in a series of gubernatorial debates due to her (previously) lackluster fundraising efforts.
What she needs to do now is work some similar magic with her exposure level; she’s still trailing in fourth place in every poll out there.
Meanwhile, over in the race for Massachusetts Attorney General, the Boston Globe reported that Republican James P. McKenna’s successful attempt to land the GOP nomination via write-in/sticker campaign may not have been strictly legal.
Mr. McKenna formally reported to the state expenses of about $1,600, but has claimed to have spent more than $5,000 in the first leg of his campaign, and has not reported the expense of printing up 100,000 stickers for the primary ballot – an expense he covered on a personal credit card. Nor has he reported the expenses stemming from his campaign website and mailings to voters.
A spokesman for the campaign said Mr. McKenna is fixing the “easily correctable filing error,” but still, this doesn’t reflect well on a guy hoping to be the state’s top legal eagle.
This week’s event reminders:
Senate President Therese M. Murray (D – Plymouth) invites the public to a reception this evening, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth. On October 22 the Committee to Elect Therese Murray and Olive and Dave Chase will host a fundraiser at the Sandwich Glass Museum from 6 to 7:30 PM. Suggested donation for both events is $50 per person.
F. Randal Hunt, Republican candidate for State Representative of the Fifth Barnstable District, is holding a golf tourney fundraiser at Holly Ridge on Sunday starting at 8:20 AM, and “Pizza & Politics with Pizzazz” at Two Brothers Pizza & Mexican in Sandwich on Monday, October 11 at 5:30 PM.
And if you want to see a big ol’ truckload of politicians in one contained area, head over to the Sandwich Town Hall rededication ceremony tomorrow at noon. Lots of candidates are going to be there to grab some face time.
Political news and announcements may be sent to Michael Bailey, Region editor and senior political reporter, at firstname.lastname@example.org