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Dems Digging in for Fight Over Central Mass Votes

Friday, August 17, 2012


The State Democratic Party has plans for new offices in Central Mass, part of a play for more votes in November's Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Republican Senator Scott Brown.

Party members opened two new offices in Southborough and the South County area on Wednesday night, and officials said they will be signing leases for several more this week.

The Red Center

Republicans owned Central Massachusetts in the 2010 special election when Brown defeated Democratic challenger Martha Coakley.

The results of that contest shows a sea of red surrounding blue Worcester. Several of Brown's top towns, where he received more than 70 percent of votes, are located in the region as well.

The Massachusetts GOP had only four field offices open during the 2010 race. Now, the party has upped that number to 10, and the offices in Framingham and Worcester are two of its busiest.

The Blue Push

Democratic Party Chair John Walsh said the two Central Mass offices opened earlier this week bring the party's total up to 26 offices this election season, and plans for more are in the works.

As far as Walsh and his party are concerned, Central Mass is still up for grabs.

"The most important way to win votes in an area is to take it seriously," Walsh said.

"I know Elizabeth Warren has been spending a lot of time out there," he said. "The focus is going to be strong."

That strong focus on the region means not taking votes in Central Mass for granted or waiting too long to engage with voters.

"In order to ask people for their votes you've got to be there," Walsh said. "That kind of energy and focus in each part of the state is really, really important."

With fewer than 110,000 votes separating Brown from Coakley last time around, such a sustained effort across all of the Bay State might have made a difference in 2010 and will definitely have an impact this November.

"We are not going to make the same mistake we made in the special election," said Walsh. 

Experts Weigh In

Morgan Marietta, a professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said this year's race is very different from the one in 2010, with a larger group of voters, more knowledge of Brown's leadership abilities and without the assumed Democratic victory.

"Warren will continue to be criticized for her career decisions but is a much better campaigner than Coakley was," Marietta said.

"Brown will appeal to conservatives and Tea Party supporters but will energize progressives to turn out to vote."

According to Marietta, Brown will likely hold the towns in Central Mass, but the state-wide race is still too close to call.

"The senate race reflects the national presidential contest of ideologically distinct candidates facing a polarized electorate," he said. 

"So much will hinge on which side has the most engaged supporters."


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Milton Cross

Warren and Obama, one a fake Indian the other a fake American, easy choice!

Stephen Quist

Obama is a American Patriot that saved this country from the depths of the greatest recession since the great depression that the republiCant party is responsible for.
In fact those phony teapartiers could learn valuable lessons on what it means to be an American and a patriot seing as they are lacking on both counts.
That being said there is only one choice for Massachusetts voters in the upcoming Senatorial race and that is to vote for guy that has kept his campaign promises and actually wants to be our US Senator and that person is Scott Brown.....
'lying lizzy warren' is not worthy of even working as a page in the US Senate

Edward Saucier

The remark by Milton Cross is not only specious it is truly ignorant. Pure Tea Party logic. Shame, shame on you.

The remark by Steven Quist that Scott Brown has kept his campaign promises and wants to be our US Senator. I ask "Q" two questions.

How can you say that in light of this report: BOSTON - A new study of Republican Scott Brown's voting record in the U.S. Senate by ProgressMass reveals that when Brown had the opportunity to oppose Republican obstruction in the U.S. Senate and demonstrate bipartisan leadership, he voted overwhelmingly with his Republican colleagues. This finding runs directly counter to Brown's recent claims of bipartisanship. Brown voted with his Republican colleagues at a rate of over 75% (over 93% prior to Elizabeth Warren's entry into the Senate race) to block legislation that had the support of 50 or more Senators.

Next question for "Q" who said we should vote Scott Brown because he actually wants to be our US Senator. Doesn't Liz Warren also want to be our US Senator?

Now try to answer those questions "Q" instead of writing the same old stuff over and over and over about your hero Scott Brown, the snakeoil salesman.

Milton Cross

Nice try! 42 months of unemployment above 8 percent, 8.2 million people working part-time who want full-time work, a record 88 million Americans not in the labor force, 1.5 percent GDP growth in the past quarter, more bad GDP numbers expected, a stagnant housing market, $5 trillion in new debt, the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, 38 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, 45 million Americans on food stamps, food prices continuing to increase dramatically, the poverty level likely to rise to the highest level in nearly fifty years The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.. … … and this means the plan “worked? The shine is off the Hope and Change, it's now just Hype and Blame, so you'll be going away come this November. If you chose to govern from the middle like President Clinton did you might have been reelected, but you chose to stick with your left wing ideology, and for that you will be defeated. maybe you can get your old job back as a Community Organizer, best stick to something you know how to do!

Milton Cross

Oh in case you haven't heard! Obama is scrambling, they already asked Hillary to take the VP slot 2 weeks ago, and she refused. She doesn't want to go down on a losing, sinking ship. Those nasty internal polls, must be telling the real story. It smells like a landslide!

Milton Cross

President Obama in Roanoke Virginia July 13, 2012 ‘If You’ve Got a Business — You Didn’t Build That. Obama to Joe the Plumber, “I want to spread the wealth around.” Obama: “I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students, the foreign students, the Chicanos, the Marxist professors." ~ Barack Obama (Dreams From My Father.) Obama, Commie mother, commie father, commie grandparents, commie mentor, commie friends ...... commie Barack. Not too difficult to figure this out.
Election2012 Capitalism or Socialism. Your choice.

Milton Cross

Elizabeth Warren: There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you.

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You don’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory…

Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea…God bless! Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”
I don’t need a lesson in semantics. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck? Smells like a Socialist!

joseph blue

Will it ever end? MC, since your off topic, you and others along with the obvious WTAG prime source of bias fed information that you spew continue to add nothing but whining, b**ching, moaning, name calling and complaining of issues that were of no concern to you for what now…twenty years? Because we have 4 years of Obama, 8 years of Bush,(when the snowball started rolling) of which I’m sure you were concerned but likely kept quiet, and another 8 years of Clinton to which I’m sure you had issues with his personal problems and also a Liberal ...right?, even though times were pretty good. If you think you have an alternative choice of choosing someone you’re familiar with who keeps all the details a secret to what he plans to do, speaks out of both sides of his mouth and even what he tells you doesn’t sound good, and by all accounts will actually make thinks worse, then good luck. You also left out the congress that has accomplished nothing in its pro-job creating promise. But if you didn’t vote for hope and change you weren’t looking for it. So I guess whatever the outcome is, It will just be what… twenty-four years of complaining.?!

Milton Cross

It is clear to see who's at fault!
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault," think about this:
January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
Remember that day...
January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
I'll take 1000 GWB's to one, unemployment czar Obama

Edward Saucier

If it weren't for socialism capitalism would be down the toilet. Isn't it wonderful that we still have socialism to bail out capitalism?

It's too bad we have so many fools who idolize the real kooks like Ayn Rand and have her philosophy of everyone is on their own, hooray for me and to hell with everyone else. How soon they forget the famous statement attributed to pastor Martin Niemoller. Oh well, stupid is as stupid does.

Stephen Quist

Ed to answer your second question first:
In a quote in the uber liberal Mother Jones magazine Lizzy Was being interviewd by David Korn and her exact quote when asked if she had any interest at all in running for US Senator from MA:
"I would rather be stabbed in my eyes with a fork than run for US Senator from Massachsuetts"
She did not decide to run for office until Senator Harry Reid from NV talked her into running.........
In answer to your first question: Brown HAS run counter to the republiCant hiearchy not as much as I would have liked but he kept his promise of voting the best interests of our state and by and large I believe he has kept that promise.

Stephen Quist

Milton Cross is selectively parsing quotes to make his pointless points..........sorry MC but your irrational thinking and lack of being forthright relegates you to a back bench somewhere like maybe down in the Common?

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