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Arthur Schaper: Frank Addivinola for US Senate (For Real)

Friday, February 28, 2014

 

The US Senate race between Republican candidate Frank Addivinola and incumbent Democratic Sen. Ed Markey will be an interesting one to watch, believes Arthur Schaper.

Last week, I interviewed a long-shot US Senate candidate Mark Inman. This week, I talked with Frank Addivinola, a Boston-area small businessman, lawyer, and college instructor, who is also running for US Senate.

Hasn’t he run for office before?

Right, Addivinola ran for state senate in 2010, then he ran for the MA-5 Congressional seat 2012, but lost in the primary to a candidate who had run seven times before. He later ran for Boston council in 2013, but finished next to last. His latest run was for the special election MA-5 seat at the end of the year to replace Markey.

Willing to speak with me about his latest race for US Senate, Addivinola answered questions as clearly as they came.

About the insights he learned from prior races, Addivinola found out:

There’s a lot of voters out there who don’t feel that they are being represented. Politicians are disconnected from their concerns. In Massachusetts, the number of conservatives may not be in the majority, but they are active and vocal.

Interesting take on matters. A Rhode Island Republican shared the same view: most voters are conservative. They just don’t know it. . .yet.

Still, I pressed Addivinola on his prior losses. He claimed that he had run three times before:

I was not active in council at large. I went to no public forums. I was not active because I had submitted my signatures for the Congressional seat. After the papers were submitted, I was officially on the ballot – the seat for the congressional seat was open.

Even though he has lost three prior campaigns, the Boston businessman points out that with every race, he takes in a great percentage of the vote.

People understood the conservative values I stood for.

When I asked him why he got no support from the state party, he acknowledged that the leadership in the Massachusetts GOP wondered if he could win the district.

Addivinola had an interesting appraisal on Markey’s past victories, why he polled 75%-80% of the vote every election.

He had been there a long time, well-funded official, mobilized activists. High name recognition.

But. . .

Many seniors told me that when they wanted to meet with Markey, they told me that they could not meet with him because he was not in Massachusetts. Many seniors are concerned about Obamacare.

Instead of downplaying prior losses, Addivinola offered an upbeat perspective:

If a person has applied for a job, and does not get the job, they should either improve their skills and reapply for similar jobs, or they should change which employers they seek employment from.

Does that mean I would not be a successful employee? Not necessarily.

Each time I run, I am a much better candidate.

Regarding why Republicans have a hard time making inroads in Massachusetts, he indicated that many good Republicans run for office one time, then stop. The party needs a machine to help candidates win, too.

Switching topics, I asked Addivinola to discuss the seeming schism between social conservatives and party establishment in the Mass GOP

I was aware that there is a discussion. I have not read the particulars of the platform.

He returned the focus to his campaign. Running fiscally conservative and socially conservative, Addivinola is pro-life, but recognizes exceptions for abortion in the case of mother’s health, dangerous conditions, certain fetal conditions. He also supports medical treatment to avoid pregnancy if a woman is raped or the victim of incest.

About marriage, the candidate argued that most voters in Massachusetts believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

Same-sex marriage is not overwhelmingly popular in Massachusetts. Many voters believe that marriage should be included in a religious dimension in their life, and not in the government.

Then:

I believe that the government and marriage are separate and the union of two individuals through marriage should be handled by religious institutions.

Finally, someone who will campaign on marriage as a private matter entirely.

On other issues, Addivinola would repeal Obamacare, does not endorse the minimum wage, but would support tax credits for primary income earners.

Just last week, potential Senate candidate Jim Buba withdrew and endorsed Addivinola.

I am very fortunate,  he added. I had many supporters who were from other areas, not just CD-5 – my supporters are excited about being directly involved In my campaign.

Many people compliment me on being consistent on my values. I don’t change my values depending on the audience I am talking to.

About points for discrediting Senator Markey, Addivinola pointed out his unresponsiveness to voters in the Commonwealth (no kidding!), but he would focus specifically on Obamacare, illegal immigration, and government spending.

We need to have elected officials that are not concerned with special interest groups, but develop policies as a statesman.

Addivinola sounds good. Conservative credentials, consistent platform.

Election year 2014 will be a tidal wave for Republicans nationally, but can US Senate candidate Addivinola expand his ground game, unite supporters, and win the primary, then beat Markey for the US Senate seat in three-to-one Democratic Massachusetts?

This will be an interesting race.

 

Arthur Christopher Schaper is a teacher-turned-writer on topics both timeless and timely; political, cultural, and eternal. A life-long Southern California resident, Arthur currently lives in Torrance. Follow him on Twitter @ArthurCSchaper, reach him at [email protected], and read more at Schaper's Corner and As He Is, So Are We Ministries.

 

Related Slideshow: New England Communities With the Most Political Clout 2013

The Sunlight Foundation, in conjunction with Azavea, released data maps this week showing political contribution dollars to federal elections dating back to 1990 -- by county.

GoLocal takes a look at the counties in New England that had the highest per-capita contributions in the 2012 election cycle -- and talked with experts about what that meant for those areas in New Engand, as well as the candidates.  

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25. Merrimack County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.86

Total contributions: $1,447,713

Merrimack County is named after the Merrimack River and is home to the states capital, Concord. Merrimack County has a total area of 956 square miles and a population of 146,761.

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24. Cheshire County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.88

Total contributions: $759,209

Cheshire is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire and was founded in 1771. The highest point in Cheshire County is located at the top of Mount Monadnock, which was made famous by the poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

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23. Rockingham County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.96

Total contributions: $2,965,530

Rockingham has 37 communities and has a population of 297,820. Rockingham County also was home to the famous poet, Robert Frost

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22. Belknap County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.02

Total contributions: $604,512

Belknap County is one of the ten counties in New Hampshire and has a population of 60,327. It is located in the center of New Hampshire and the largest city is Laconia.

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21. Hampshire County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.41

Total contributions: $1,664,077

Hampshire County has a total area of 545 square miles and is located in the middle of Massachusetts. Hampshire County is also the only county to be surrounded in all directions by other Massachusetts counties.

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20. Barnstable County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.90

Total contributions: $2,348,541

Barnstable County was founded in 1685 and has three national protected areas. Cape Cod National Seashore is the most famous protected area within Barnstable County and brings in a high amount of tourists every year.

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19. Berkshire County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $12.49

Total contributions: $1,624,400

Berkshire County is located on the western side of Massachusetts and borders three different neighboring states. Originally the Mahican Native American Tribe inhabited Berkshire County up until the English settlers arrived and bought the land in 1724. 

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18. Essex County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.22

Total contributions: $9,991,201

Essex is located in the northeastern part of Massachusetts and contains towns such as Salem, Lynn, and Andover. Essex was founded in 1643 and because of Essex historical background, the whole county has been designated as the Essex National Heritage Area.

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17. Chittendon County, VT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.86

Total contributions: $2,196,107

Chittenden has a population of 158,504, making it Vermont’s most populated county. Chittenden’s largest city is Burlington, which has about one third of Vermont’s total population.

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16. Lamoille County, VT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $14.82

Total contributions: $369,854

Lamoille County was founded in 1835 and has a population of 24,958. The county has 464 square miles, of which 461 of them are land.

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15. Addison County, VT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $15.49

Total contributions: $569,299

Located on the west side of Vermont, Addison County has a total area of 808 square miles. Addison's largest town is Middlebury, where the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College are located.

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14. Newport County, RI

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $16.02

Total contributions: $1,214,26

Newport County is one of the five Rhode Island Counties and was founded in 1703. Just like Connecticut, none of Rhode Island counties have an any governmental functions.

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13. Cumberland County, ME

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $18.33

Total contributions: $5,205,507

Cumberland County has a population of 283,921 and is Maine’s most populated county. The county was named after the William, Duke of Cumberland, a son of King George II.

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12. Windsor County, VT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.57

Total contributions: $1,156,149

Windsor County is the largest county in Vermont and consists of 971 square miles of land and 5 square miles of water.

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11. Bristol County, RI

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.91

Total contributions: $1,027,472

Bristol County has a population of 49,144 and is the third smallest county in the United States. Bristol County was originally apart of Massachusetts, but was transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.

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10. Grafton County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012 :$20.95

Total contributions: $1,868,739

With a population of 89,181, Grafton County is the second largest county in New Hampshire. Home of New Hampshire’s only national forest, White Mountain National Forest takes up about half of Grafton’s total area 

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9. Carrol County, NH

Contributions, per capita, 2012: 2012: $22.81

Total contributions: $1,012,10

Created in 1840, Carroll County has a population of 47,567. Carroll County was also named after Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

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8. LItchfield County, CT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $22.86

Total contributions: $4,286,143

Although it is Connecticut’s largest county, Litchfield has the lowest population density in all of Connecticut. Since 1960 all Connecticut counties have no county government.

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7. Middlesex County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $32.81

Total contributions: $50,432,154

Middlesex County has a population of 1,503,085 and has been ranked as the most populous county in New England.  The county government was abolished in 1997, but the county boundaries still exists for court jurisdictions and other administrative purposes.

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6. Nantucket County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $33.41

Total contributions: $344,021

Nantucket County consists of a couple of small islands and is a major tourist destination in Massachusetts. Normally Nantucket has a population of 10,298, but during the summer months the population can reach up to 50,000.

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5. Norfolk County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $35.87

Total contributions: $24,459,854

Named after a county from England, Norfolk County is the wealthiest county in Massachusetts. As of 2011, Norfolk was ranked the 32nd highest income county in the United States. 

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4. Dukes County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $36.32

Total contributions: $618,960

Consisting of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, Dukes County is one of Massachusetts’ top vacation spots. Originally Dukes County was apart New York, however it was transferred to Massachusetts on October 7, 1691.

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3. Suffolk County, MA

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $40.73

Total contributions: $30,323,537

Suffolk County has a population of 744,426 and contains Massachusetts’s largest city, Boston. Although Suffolk’s county government was abolished in the late 1900’s, it still remains as a geographic area.

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2. Knox County, ME

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $45.89

Total contributions: $1,820,410

Knox County was established on April 1st, 1860 and was named after American Revolutionary War General Henry Knox.  The county has a population of 39,668 and is the home of the Union Fair.

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1. Fairfield County, CT

Contributions, per capita, 2012: $55.65.  

Total contributions: $51,970,701 

In a population of 933,835, Fairfield County is the most densely populated county in Connecticut, and contains four of the state's largest cities -- Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk and Danbury.

 
 

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