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LeBeau’s ‘Last Minute’ Decision to Challenge Binienda

Monday, May 07, 2012


If William LeBeau beats state Rep. John Binienda he wants to roll back taxes and hold state lawmakers accountable. LeBeau is a father of four and Army Reserves veteran who’s fed up with what he sees as the empty promises coming from Beacon Hill.

It was enough for LeBeau, a Republican, to take out nomination papers and hit the streets, hoping to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot in November and challenge longtime state Rep. John Binienda, D-Worcester in the 17th Worcester District. He got more than enough and is gearing up for the monumental task of unseating an incumbent, liberal lawmaker in the blue state of Massachusetts. LeBeau and all other candidates have until 5 p.m. May 29 to submit their certified nomination papers to the Secretary of State’s office.

Up for the challenge

“This really was a last-minute decision,” LeBeau, a truck driver, said by phone during a stop in New Jersey. “I didn’t pull papers until the week before the deadline and I got 257 signatures. I thought that was pretty good.”

Binienda said he’s more than up to the challenge of having an opponent for re-election for the first time in 12 years. The 26-year lawmaker said serving constituents every day keeps him prepared, saying, "You’re always ready for a challenge,” Binienda said. “The campaign never stops, even when you’re in office. You’re always campaigning.”

This time, however, someone else will be campaigning for the same job, and LeBeau sounded confident and clear about what he wants to accomplish.

Not a puppet

“I want to roll back the sales tax, I don’t want any benefits to illegal aliens while veterans aren’t being taken care of and I want better accountability,” he said.

LeBeau, an elected member of the Leicester Republican Town Committee said he wouldn’t be a puppet for the Republican Party, either, identifying himself as “an independent conservative” and saying, “I’m a Republican, but that doesn’t mean the party can count on me to rubber stamp anything they want.”

Take care of vets

It is clear that veterans’ issues are important to LeBeau, who served eight years and fought in the Gulf War. He is the service commander for VFW Post 7556 in Rochdale. He said politicians are always crowing about passing bills for veterans, but “the devil is in the details. A lot of those benefits are not real.” For example, he said, the law that calls for preference given to veterans for civil service jobs has some fine print.

“All the towns in Massachusetts, with a couple exceptions, require that residents get called off the list before a non-resident,” LeBeau said. “So if I live in a non-civil service town and I want to apply in a town that has civil service, I’m still waiting in the back of the line.”

Education benefits for veterans, he said, are another concern.

“They promise free tuition for all combat veterans to all state colleges and universities,” he said. “Sounds great, right? But guess what? Fees are not covered unless you’re in the National Guard, so you still end up paying most of the bill. The benefit is not real.”

Binienda didn’t hesitate when the issue of vet services was raised, and pointed out he recently was named lawmaker of the year by the US military for work he did on, among other things, the Welcome Home Bill. For him, veterans’ affairs are personal.

“When I was 5 or 6 I watched my grandmother get out of a car carrying a flag draper over her arms,” Binienda said. “I asked my father later why she was holding a flag and he explained to me that the flag had draped the coffin of his brother, her son, my uncle. That is why I have spent 26 years supporting the military.”

A taxing issue

He grew defensive when the topic of taxes was raised, saying the state has cut taxes more than 30 times over the past four years and that the last budget contained no new taxes or fees.

“We don’t raise taxes willy-nilly in the commonwealth,” Binienda said. “That’s something that goes back to the days of Michael Dukakis.”

The way LeBeau sees it, lawmakers are a bit disingenuous when it comes to talking about taxes, saying, “What about the 6.25-percent sales tax? That was supposed to be temporary. My opponent and his party have not repealed that tax.”

The state also has not done enough to direct the president’s stimulus funding to local communities, either, according to LeBeau.

A ‘super majority’

“We had a $780-billion Obama stimulus,” he said. “Our state has received less than 1 percent on the dollar of that money. All we got was $425,000 through (US Congressman) Richard Neal’s office to Becker College.”

Voters “need to have a state rep picking up the phone and trying to work a little bit,” said LeBeau, who also wants to chip away at the “super majority” Democrats currently enjoy in the State House.

As for his chances at pulling off what would be one of the biggest Beacon Hill upsets in years if he were to defeat Binienda – who has more than $400,000 in his campaign war chest – LeBeau said: “I’ve been told I can’t win in this district, because there are too many Democrats. Well, I’m going to talk to those Democrats, because I’m one of them.”


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Dave Francis

We have one way in returning the power to the American people, is to retire the majority of Democrats, Liberals and Republican politicians, and give that influence to the Constitutional TEA PARTY leadership. Under Obama we have seen the U.S. deficit rising to an almost fanatical 16 trillion dollars. In Sen. Harry Reid’s party no move towards a balanced budget. Then both parties have deliberately ignored the astronomical $113 billion dollars a year, pander to the 20 plus million illegal migrants and immigrants already settled here. Our only real chance to stop the illegal invaders is adopting more Tea Party Senators and Representatives. Millions of demoralized Americans of different racial make-ups, religions and political parties have joined the Tea Party that represents all citizens, permanent residents whether of Hispanic, Latino, European, and Asian, Pacific Rim or any part of the world’s population who came here legally.

Beginning with Arizona v. the justice Department who revolted against the high court’s unfunded mandates, that STATES must give health care, an education and welfare programs to anybody who can slither past our fences or just lie to an agent, when they alighting from a jet plane from another country. Other than Sanctuary states, the rest are waiting for the outcome in June by SCOTUS. Patiently waiting is Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and the majority of other states to at least have some confirmation, whether they can advance a policing policy to check a person’s eligibility to be in the United States?

Senator Marco Rubio has his own plan for the Dream Act, other than the very incendiary law that Democrats have in mind. For any realistic chance of the Dream Act gaining passage in Congress, certain provisions must be in effect. The central government has to enact a nationwide mandatory E-Verify program, that Chain Migration must be rescinded from immigration law, that only children below the age of ten would be considered and that all recipients to obtain a path to citizenship, must depart the country and apply for a entry at an Embassy, as every other patient immigrant must do. A larger majority of the Tea Party members would also insist that the Birthright Citizenship law be amended, so no pregnant illegal alien mother or parents could take advantage any more with their child/children getting instant citizenship. That no baby/infant should become a taxpayer’s burden, unless one parent is a U.S. citizen. Over the years this law has become mutated, and should not be a foothold, for every illegal migrant or immigrant who smuggles themselves into America to gain admittance to welfare and public assistance. Our own pregnant females suffer a large disadvantage by the hospital clogged by illegal alien Mothers, whereas citizens and residents must pay maternity fees, while others get a free uncompensated ride. These programs should only be available to citizens, naturalized citizens and green card holders.


That the farming and agricultural commerce have an obligation to pay the benefits for their labor and not the state’s taxpayers. There will no importation of migrant poverty anymore, by cutting off access to welfare, food stamps, and section 8 housing programs. Taxpayer doesn’t need or should we accept any new low skilled workers, instead we must necessitate in supplying our own citizens with more occupational programs. Further we must safeguard our voting system which has been compromised by the far left, its Liberal associates, Democrats and groups like ACORN that became a vital factor of a growing number of state requiring official ID to vote. Illegal aliens are voting and will again in local, state and federal elections and this dishonesty must be ended. Another set of regulations to amend, would be a careful examination of the current visa system allowing around a million legal immigrants annually into the U.S. No further violation can be tolerated from businesses and we should only permit the highest intelligence in engineering, the sciences, mathematicians and computer technology professionals to immigrate.

Illegal immigration must become a thing of the past by securing our border fences. Business that intentionally ignores E-Verify should face harsh sanctions, including prison. Elected officials, who allow such provisions as Sanctuary City ordinances, should be punished and government legislators should sever funds to these perpetrators. All federal and state legislators, governors, majors, police chiefs should be put on notice, that voters will unseat them, specially the Tea Party members. Any illegal alien invaders of this sovereign country, should be prosecuted as a Felony, not a civil infraction, with ID theft or Voter Fraud should be mandatory prison sentence, with no exceptions.

America is bleeding badly from years of neglect by both political parties and pampering of foreign nationals cannot be accepted any more as the norm. Internal enforcement is more urgent than ever before, because of supporting illegal aliens is skyrocketing and taxpayers are on the hook. Illegal aliens have also found a way, to obtain $4.6 billion dollars annually by defrauding the IRS and the taxpayers, using non-existent children tax credits. Elections are no longer safe as Democrats and their less honest followers are participating in voter fraud. We either need a national ID card or that all voters must possess a government picture ID for proof of who they are?

If you cherish your freedoms from the corruption in Washington that benefits all of us, we need a balanced tax system with no subsidies, a right to drill on the Peoples National land and sea for plentiful reservoirs of oil, natural gas to alleviate our out-of-control deficit. No more government bail outs for the friends of the White house. Throw out all the profiteering lawmakers and by cleaning house, put recognizable TEA PARTY leaders in their place. Voters need to demand from Congress, specifically from GOP House speaker, John Boehner of Ohio and Dave Camp of Michigan, as the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee to stop blocking the 50-state E-Verify bill. Call the central switchboard at 202-224-3121 Washington, DC. For further information on this crisis subject, check with NumbersUSA website, where even Congress consults on immigration matters.

Latest News: Governor of Oregon, a Democrat of course has allowed police to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID cards as proof of citizenship for driving. The FBI has stated that this Picture ID, is very unreliable document for representing the individual of who they say they are?
One commentary on the Internet states:

There is a small farming community in Texas, about 160 families, that has a Post Office with 1,500 PO Boxes. Mexicans cross the border every year to pick up their IRS checks for “Families with dependent children tax credit”; in fact these are welfare payments to illegal aliens.

Harvey Beehive

Time to change that picture John? Is that from your high school yearbook?

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