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The voters’ choice: positive solutions or the politics of personal destruction

October 21, 2010

By Jennifer Logue

Last spring, I had the privilege of being nominated by Sen. Scott Brown to represent Massachusetts at the national Republican Women’s Summit in Washington, DC.

The mood at the conference was upbeat and enthusiastic. Participants heard from congressmen and political activists who described a renewed energy and commitment across the nation to elect leaders who would reverse the damage inflicted by two years of trillion-dollar “stimulus” debacles, tax increases and corporate bailouts. They supported their statements with hard numbers showing that the vast majority of Americans opposed not only the disastrous health care legislation, but also the big-government, tax-and-spend stimulus policies of the current administration.

They also offered a caveat: Be prepared, they told us, for the most negative, personally destructive political campaigns you have ever seen. Today’s far-left Democratic Party had access to the same polling results and statistics, conference leaders explained. They knew they couldn’t win on the issues, because on every issue, the people were against them. So the only option left was to demonize their opponents in an attempt to make their tax-and-spend liberal candidates seem palatable by default.

Sadly, this prediction has come to pass. We’ve seen it across the nation, as conservative candidates have been vilified, lampooned and harangued by opponents who have nothing positive to say about their own campaigns. And we’re seeing it here in the 10th congressional district race as well.

 State Rep. Jeff Perry is a National Guard veteran, former police officer and a four-term state legislator.  He has served honorably, fighting against the overwhelming Democratic majority on Beacon Hill to cut taxes, reduce government spending and prevent illegal immigrants from collecting welfare and other state benefits. He has run a positive, courteous and dignified campaign based on the issues, explaining in great detail his positions on health care, social security, taxes, national security and immigration reform.

His opponent, William Keating, has addressed none of these issues. Instead of telling the voters where he stands on the critical problems facing our nation, Mr. Keating has chosen to follow the Democratic Party political playbook, stooping to the worst kind of gutter politics and political mudslinging.

With just 12 days to go before the election, Mr. Keating has yet to run a single ad explaining his positions on the issues or his qualifications for the job he seeks. Instead, he has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars running negative attack ads that are at best distorted and misleading and at worst outright false, causing some stations to pull the advertisements. He has bombarded local residents with negative and malicious mailings and telephone calls – all in an attempt to distract voters from the fact that Bill Keating has no positive plan of his own for getting America back on track.

On November 2, voters have a choice. They can vote for Jeff Perry, and send a message to Washington that the days of trillion-dollar deficits, billion-dollar bailouts and welfare for illegal immigrants are over. Or they can vote for Bill Keating and ensure that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has yet another rubber stamp to support her far-left, big-government agenda.

But voters have another choice to make as well. A vote for Jeff Perry is a vote for positive, courteous political campaigns that show voters the respect they deserve by focusing on the critical issues facing our state and the nation. A vote for Bill Keating is a vote for the politics of personal destruction – a bare knuckles, no-holds-barred, win-at-any-cost battle that subjects voters to months of dirty, demeaning and dishonorable behavior.

On Tuesday November 2, I will be voting for the candidate who showed voters the courtesy of telling us where he stands on the issues and what he will do if elected.  That candidate is Jeff Perry.

Former Wareham police chief defends Perry, blasts Keating for ‘dirty politics’

October 7, 2010

Cahill and Deval: A match made in heaven

September 13, 2010

John Quincy Adams wreath-laying draws patriots from near and far

July 10, 2010

Patriots from near and far honored the 243rd anniversary of John Quincy Adams’ birth yesterday, when a White House wreath-laying ceremony was held at  United First Parish Church in Quincy.  The annual ceremony — superbly organized each year by Arthur Ducharme, director of the church’s Historic Interpretive Program — was particularly moving this year, as the program featured remarks by the Massachusetts native who now holds Adams’ former U.S. Senate seat: Sen. Scott Brown.

U.S. Senator Scott Brown

Brown, whose wife Gail also attended the ceremony, noted how “humbling” it was to hold the seat held by a man whose entire life, from cradle to the grave, was devoted to the service of his country. He also referenced a quote by Adams that held special significance for him: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” 

It’s a sentiment, Brown said, he has endeavored to live by each time he has taken a vote during his political career.

Caroline Keinath, deputy superintendent of the Adams National Historical Park, noted how her 11-year-old daughter asked her to bring their  “Scott Brown” campaign lawn sign for the senator to sign. “You certainly have helped engage young people in democracy and the political process,” she said.

Other noted guests at yesterday’s ceremonies included Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, state Sen. Robert Hedlund, state Rep. Stephen Tobin, state Sen. Michael Morrissey and Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell. City Councilor Margaret Laforest and John Iredale, candidate for state representative, also were in attendance.

Jennifer Logue with Janine Turner and her daughter, Juliette

The prize for traveling the farthest distance to attend yesterday’s ceremony undoubtedly went to Janine Turner. The well-known actress (“Northern Exposure,” “Friday Night Lights”) flew all the way from Texas with her daughter, Juliette, to attend the ceremony. Turner, a self-professed history buff and John Adams fan since childhood, is co-chair of Constituting America, a non-profit aimed at educating Americans — and children in particular — about the U.S. Constitution. Visit the site to read Turner’s blog post about her Quincy visit and to peruse the wealth of constitutional resources it offers.

President Lyndon Johnson started the tradition of honoring deceased U.S. presidents on their birthdays by sending a large red, white and blue wreath from the White House to be placed on their graves by a military honor guard. Yesterday’s ceremony for John Quincy Adams marked the first time the Quincy ceremony has featured a sitting U.S. senator.

Politics adapts to ‘pay-to-play’ ban – The Boston Globe

July 6, 2010

Today’s Boston Globe has an interesting article on how recent SEC changes may affect political fundraising here in Massachusetts. In particular, the article highlights how this change may affect the political fortunes of Tim Cahill, who as state Treasurer has accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from pension fund managers and their employees with whom the state does business:

Politics adapts to ‘pay-to-play’ ban – The Boston Globe.

Kerry Byrne: GOP values pass test

January 30, 2010

Quincy Republican Kerry Byrne contributed this helpful quiz to today’s Boston Herald — give it a read and see if you, too, might actually be a Republican:

 GOP values pass test

Roos victory proves every vote counts!

November 4, 2009

Karl Roos claimed the third seat on the School Committee in last night’s election — taking the slot by just one vote.

Roos’ victory proves once again that oft-disputed belief that every vote counts. It also confirms that, contrary to liberal dogma, voters will support well-qualified, dedicated candidates regardless of party affiliation when given the chance to meet and compare candidates.

Informed, engaged voters are vital to the success and survival of democracy. Think about it: Yesterday, with a heated mayor’s race and several contested ward seats, only about 50 percent of registered voters exercised their right to vote. Just imagine what we could accomplish if the other 50 percent made an effort to take part, too…