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Chris Pinto: Moderate MA Democrats Being Left Out in Cold

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


With about two months to go before Massachusetts Democrats convene in Worcester for their convention, moderate Democrats and independent voters alike should feel left out in the cold by this year’s crop of democratic gubernatorial candidates. It may be spring, but that hasn’t thawed the desires of Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman to stake out ultra-liberal positions on everything from single-payer health care to a carbon tax and higher taxes for workers.

All of this is being done as the state's coffers swell with $500 million in additional tax revenue above what was projected in the budget. As they placate the ultra liberal kingmakers in Cambridge, the conservative Democrats and fiercely independent voters that dominate Central MA are left in the dust and that creates a golden opportunity for the GOP.

With every attack traded between Steve Grossman and Martha Coakley, the GOP’s chances to retake the corner office look better and better. As the Democrat frontrunners engage in what The Boston Globe called an "unabashed race" for their party's most extreme left wing, Central MA voters of all stripes will see little to cheer about in this nasty primary. Grossman’s seemingly endless umbrage pours out week after week, reminding us that Coakley flip-flopped and now supports drivers’ licenses and in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants. Mr. Grossman took aim at her in the name of “criminal justice” and right on cue Coakley walked away from a moderate position on the three strikes law to woo party extremists. From an Attorney General who famously declared, “technically, it’s not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts” these lurches to the left will only further damage her standing among moderate voters here that expect the state’s top cop to enforce the laws.

Currying favor among the Party’s elite has a price. Coakley’s vague education platitude or, ‘plan’ will cost at least $1.5 billion according to a new report on universal pre-K. Meanwhile, Grossman who called Deval Patrick’s $1.9 billion tax plan “aspriational” has, promised to spend “billions and billions” in taxpayer dollars at a recent college Democrat event. Sounds a lot like a return to “taxachusetts” - the same out of control spending that compelled voters to send Republicans to the corner office to clean up the Democrats’ mess.

The only thing better for the GOP’s chances than Coakley’s and Grossman’s rush to suck-up to the liberal elites of Cambridge and Amherst is Governor Patrick and how he has made incompetence a cornerstone of his administration. One scandal after another has enveloped the administration of a man who is inexplicably flirting with national ambitions. He has blown hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to take Massachusetts from first to worst in providing healthcare, and our state’s Health Connector website may not be functioning until this fall. If Grossman and Coakley were serious about addressing the concerns of voters in Central Massachusetts they would speak out about the $400 million in annual EBT fraud, and take a real stand on the human tragedies occurring within the Department of Children and Families. But to do so would mean opposing their leader – a hero among the diehards liberals who will decide their fate at the DCU center soon.

Chris Pinto is with the Worcester Republican City Committee


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Former Senator Ted Kennedy

Lost 1980 Democratic presidential primary

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During his 47-year tenure, Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws that addressed health insurance, immigration, civil rights, education, and mental health benefits. He died of brain cancer in 2009.


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