It looks like State Representative Randy Hunt (R – Sandwich) may have his first potential challenger, and his name is R. Patrick Ellis.
Mr. Ellis, who last week filed his paperwork with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) as a Democrat, has served as a selectman in Sandwich, well as the town’s superintendent of public works and tree warden.
Democrat Brian R. Mannal of Centerville also filed his paperwork with the OCPF, bringing him one step closer to his primary challenge to State Representative Demetrius J. Atsalis (D – Barnstable).
So far no formal challengers have popped up for State Senator Daniel A. Wolf (D – Harwich) or State Representatives David T. Vieira (R – Falmouth), Timothy R. Madden (D – Nantucket), or Cleon H. Turner (D – Dennis).
Beware the ides of March! Because that’s when Rep. Hunt will hold his official campaign kickoff event.
Join Rep. Hunt at the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich on Thursday, March 15 at 5:30 PM as he launches his first re-election campaign. This is an “open donation” gig with no set minimum donation to the re-election campaign.
Contributions will be accepted at the event, or make an early donation online.
C. Samuel Sutter, Bristol County DA, this week formally announced his candidacy for the Ninth Congressional District. Mr. Sutter had what you might call a “rolling campaign kick-off” that started Monday morning in Provincetown and ended in Westport, with a stop in Falmouth along the way.
Backed mostly by supporters from off-Cape, Mr. Sutter stopped at Peg Noonan Park in Falmouth, where he chided Congress in general and Congressman William R. Keating (D) in particular for their ineffectiveness in addressing major national issues such as the federal deficit.
Mr. Sutter also made a couple of mistakes in his speech when he berated Rep. Keating for his votes on two bills, one for aid for firefighters and one calling for funding cuts to Planned Parenthood. Mr. Sutter said Rep. Keating voted against the first and refrained from voting on the latter, neither of which proved true.
The Sutter campaign brushed it off as a minor faux pas, but those are the kinds of faux pases (faux pi?) that can earn a fellow a reputation as uninformed at best, a liar at worst. Better get on the ball, Sam.
Walter Moniz, Democratic candidate for governor’s councilor of the first district, has picked up an early endorsement from the retiring Congressman Barney Frank (D). Rep. Frank will formally issue the endorsement at an upcoming campaign event in Acushnet (also known as the thinking man’s New Bedford).
Meanwhile, another gent has entered that race: Nicholas D. Bernier of Swansea, who is also running as a Democrat. He doesn’t have an official website or Facebook page, just a page on WePay.com where people can make campaign donations.
There’s been no word from the incumbent, Charles O. Cippolini of Fall River, whether he plans to run for a second term.
Finally, a quick correction: last week I mentioned that Rep. Atsalis’s closest re-election race ever was in 2002, and he won by only 101 votes. That number was wrong due to a math error — hey, I became a writer so I wouldn’t have to do math — and the actual figure was 1,101.
(An aside: while presenting accurate information is always important, I find it amusing how quick politicians are to correct inaccurate vote tallies from past elections. It’s like they’re worried they could retroactively lose the race or something.)
Anyway, with this correct tally in mind, it reaffirms my earlier comment that Rep. Atsalis has never had a solid Republican challenger. Any Republicans out there care to step up and try their luck?
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