Posted tagged ‘Scott Brown’

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.

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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.

Former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey endorses Jeff Perry

April 6, 2010

          Health care and the economy were the topics on everyone’s minds at a recent cocktail reception for state Rep. and Congressional candidate Jeff Perry.

         Held at The Neighborhood Club, the reception was organized by Dr. John Dalton and Dr. Lisa Antonelli, who invited many of their medical colleagues to meet Perry (R-Sandwich), who is running to fill the 10 congressional seat currently held by Rep. William Delahunt.

         “I’m particularly pleased to see so many doctors here tonight,” Antonelli told attendees. “Up until now, the medical community has not really been active as a political force, and as we’ve seen with the recent passage of this health care legislation, we need to become much more vocal and active in sharing our perspective on the best ways to provide affordable health care for all.”

        Perry agreed.

        “Throughout the entire health care bill debate, input from the medical community was all but ignored,” he said. “Instead of being viewed as part of the health care solution, doctors have been unfairly portrayed as being part of the problem.”

       Perry noted that he was one of just two state legislators to vote against passage of Massachusetts’ much-vaunted health care legislation that mandated insurance coverage.

       “I voted against the Massachusetts legislation because it didn’t adequately address the real problem with health care today and that’s the cost,” he said. “Since the bill was passed, those rising costs have begun to cripple the state budget, and I’ve worked with other legislators to push for proposals that would lower health care costs and improve the delivery of health care services. And as your representative in Congress, I’d do the same.”

       A special guest at the Quincy reception was former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey, who has endorsed Perry’s campaign for U.S. Congress.

        “When Jeff called and told me he was running for Congress, I told him, ‘I don’t care who else is running, I’m with you,’” Healey said. “Jeff Perry is a solid, strong legislator and I know he’ll work as hard for you in Congress as he has in the state legislature.”

        Healey’s endorsement follows that of another well-known Republican –U.S. Senator Scott Brown.
        “Having served with Jeff in the legislature, I know that, like me, he believes in low taxes, a strong national defense and in the pro-growth policies that will create jobs and get our economy moving again,” Brown said in his endorsement. “By electing Jeff Perry, the voters of the 10 Congressional District will once again be sending a strong message to the politicians in Washington that the time has come to start listening to the people. If you believe that Washington is broken, Jeff is just the guy we need to help fix it.”

        For more information on Jeff Perry and his candidacy, visit www.jeffperryforcongress.com.

Scott Brown endorses Jeff Perry for 10th Congressional seat

March 25, 2010

The Scott Heard ‘Round the World!

January 20, 2010

Two hundred and thirty six years ago, a small yet impassioned group of Massachusetts colonists dressed up as Indians, braved the winter chill and took a stand against the unfair and oppressive tax policies of a tone-deaf government, launching a movement that would change history. Yesterday, history to some extent repeated itself, as Massachusetts voters braved heavy snow and freezing rain to send a similar message to the Obama administration and the Democratically controlled Congress.

Make no mistake: The election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy was every bit the “Massachusetts Miracle” it’s been touted to be. Just as dumping crates of tea into the icy waters of Boston Harbor foreshadowed the start of a revolution, yesterday’s decisive victory in bluer than blue Massachusetts demonstrates just how disenfranchised and ignored American voters are feeling by a White House and Congress determined to ram Socialist policies down the throats of an angry public.

That sound you hear? It’s the Obama administration’s wake up call — one that Washington ignores at its own peril.

Why I’m supporting Scott Brown for U.S. Senate

January 18, 2010

A group of Scott Brown supporters from Quincy went into Boston Sunday to “welcome” the president, and someone asked if they could interview me about why I’m voting for Scott. (I think he got more than he bargained for!)

CNN: White House preparing for Coakley’s defeat

January 17, 2010