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Arthur Schaper: Gimme Five, Addivinola!

Friday, December 20, 2013


Everyone should give Frank Addivinola a high five, even though he lost the MA-5 special election, writes Arthur Christopher Schaper.

Edward Markey of Maryland (natch, Malden and Medford) got elected to the US Senate this past June, taking down a RINO who wanted to play purple in a field of blue. Gabriel Gomez stood out enough to get 45% of the vote, but Markey took the Senate seat, thus opening up his MA-5 neighborhood to a host of candidates (not that anyone would notice that he was no longer there).

Businessman, lawyer, and college instructor Frank Addivinola, R-Malden by way of Boston, threw his hat in the ring once again to represent his homestead. (Wow! He was actually born and raised there. Take that Markey!) He gave it his best in the new Massachusetts Fifth Congressional District. The special election on December 10 pitted the Republican outsider against state senator Katherine Clark (D-Melrose). The results: 64% for Clark, and 34% for Addivinola.

Gimme five, Addivinola!

The district is 80% Democratic, but Republican operatives sensed an opportunity. Who can blame them? The Massachusetts Republicans in Beacon Hill led the charge to repeal the software cloud tax, and Massachusetts Republicans across the state are mounting the much-needed repeal of the forever gas tax.

If Wrentham state senator Scott Brown could win a special election in 2010, if Republicans are looking good for the corner office in Boston, then perhaps, with the lower turnout and the higher resentment against the Taxachusetts spend-o-rama against businesses and middle class interests, then registered Democrats and Independents would likely register their discontent with the status quo.

The Primaries

The MA-5 Democratic primary on October 15th, according to Boston.com , featured Katherine Clark at the top. She won big in Malden and Medford, while parochial support offered some help to the other six candidates. The proud, gay Carl Sciortino ended up in third place, in spite of his connections with every liberal-progressive interest one can think of, plus a pat on the back from his Tea Party Papa.

As for the Republican primary, Addivinola bested Tom Tierney, who had defeated the lawyer-businessman in the 2012 Republican primary for the same seat. Tierney got taken by Markey, while another Tierney kept his seat in Northeastern Mass (that’s John Tierney, whose 2014 chances are looking even shakier, should Richard Tisei run again). Of every MA-5 constituency tallied and targeted, none of the Republicans in the September 2013 primary passed the one thousand mark. Yikes! Forget an uphill climb: winning the MA-5 became more like climbing Mount Everest than ever.

From October to December (from the spooky to jingle bells all the way), Addivinola and Clark added up their endorsements and marked their territory. They even debated, despite the lopsided ground advantage for Clark. I have to hand it to the Bay State political culture. Everyone gets to make their case to the voters, no matter what the odds.

The Candidates

A few remarks about Clark. She had the backing of Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi. She campaigned on equal pay for women, protecting Social Security, and standing up for the middle class. In 2008, Clark was endorsed by Boston Democratic Socialist of America when running for state office. How she plans to protect the middle class while promoting the redistribution of wealth is beyond me. The first to broadcast television commercials, Clark featured her deceased World War II machinist grandmother to slander Republicans as anti-woman. “I approve this message, and my grandmother would, too.” Sickening and very sad. I am surprised that she did not indict the Republicans as child-murderers, too.

About Addivinola. He was pro-life, pro-liberty, and anti-Obamacare. He opposed the Obamacare-Iike immigration bill, and supported Citizens United. Too bad MA-5 citizens did not unite around his candidacy. I have nothing but respect for any Republican, any conservative who still stay true to his values, even in deep-blue Massachusetts.

Gimme five, Addivinola!

The Right Man for the Job

I was keen on getting anyone conservative and respectable into the MA-5 Congressional seat. I called the Mass GOP before the primary if the state party had called their favorite. They supported everyone. After the primary, and in order to get some insight on what Addivinola and supporters were doing to get out the vote, I called one of his campaign representatives one week before the election. December 8, the Sunday before Election Day, one of his Republican operatives contacted me. He supported Addivinola from the outset because of his real world experience, a well-lettered man with several degrees. When I asked about the issues that the Republican was campaigning on, he shared with me the growing concerns about government encroachment into Americans’ private lives (NSA spying, for example). When I asked about the Commonwealth’s reaction and responses to Obamacare, otherwise known as Obama’s hardly Affordable Care Act, he reported that RomneyCare recipients are now getting forced off their plans because of ObamaCare.

Last of all, Addivinola’s supporter informed me that their candidate was working hard, even on Thanksgiving, to round up votes. Impressive, to say the least. Clark had big liberal support and money, while Addivinola ran mostly a self-financed campaign. Clark did prevail, as expected, but Addivinola’s integrity and initiative deserve recognition.

Gimme five, Addivinola, for running for the MA-5!

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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