Paul Giorgio: The Biggest Political Winners and Losers in 2013
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The big winner was Karen Polito who muscled her way on as Charlie Bakers running mate. The question remains now if Baker can win the Governorship in 2014 with Tea Party darling Polito as his running mate. She certainly will help in Central Massachusetts, which is important to a Baker win. Who lost in this exchange? We hear Sheriff Lew Evangelitas and Governor’s Councilor Jen Casie were both seriously considered before Baker settled on Polito. Hell, Baker even floated former Democratic Attorney General Tom Reilly’s name as a possible running mate.
Ed Augustus is a big winner. Plucked from Mount Saint James, where he runs Community and Government Affairs for the College of the Holy Cross, Augustus was tapped to be Worcester’s City Manager for the next 9 months. Augustus will bring an outsiders perspective and a steady hand to the manager’s office. Who lost? City Hall insiders who all thought that they might be the acting or permanent manager?
Dan Donahue was a big winner. The former Deputy Chief of Staff to Worcester Mayor Joe Petty was able to beat a crowded field in the 16th Worcester Districts Democratic Primary Special election before going on the beat a Republican challenger in an overwhelming Democratic district. Donahue has already started to make a name for himself in Boston after only a couple of months on the job. They see him as a real comer and someone who can fill the shoes of former Representative Vincent Pedone from the neighboring 15th Worcester District.
The big loser in all of this was John Fresolo, the former State Representative who was forced to resign amidst a House of Representative ‘s Ethics Committee investigation, whose results have not been made public. Fresolo, is saying that he is going to run in 2014 for the seat he vacated. The question remains, will that force Speaker Robert Deleo to release that Ethics Committees report, further damaging Fresolo.
Worcester Tea Party + Activate Worcester
A big loser this year is the Worcester Tea Party and Activate Worcester. Not because of anything they did or didn’t do. But in an unnoticed dust up, that was not really reported in the Worcester media, Gabriel Gomez, The GOP Senate nominee against Ed Markey, referred to them as a Clan or “Klan”. No one was sure or no one knows why.
Roberta Schaffer + the Municipal Research Bureau
Another big loser was Roberta Schaffer and the Municipal Research Bureau. Schaffer penned a piece for a nationl government affairs magazine attacking the Worcester City Council. She was ripped apart by councilors and basically declared persona non grata at City Hall. The only smart thing she did was to write it after she resigned as head of the Research Bureau. The big winner in all of this is Tim McGourty, the new head of the MRB and outgoing Chief Economic Development Officer for the City. Why is he a big winner-easy- he isn’t Roberta Schaffer.
Mike O’Brien, outgoing City Manager is a big winner, leaving office after 10 years on the job and at the height of his popularity. O’Brien landed a big job in the private sector with Winn Development. Unlike Willie Mays, Obrien knew when to quit. This is a win-Winn for him.
The biggest winner this past year has been Worcester Mayor Joe Petty who has emerged from the shadows and has become an effective leader of the City and of the City Council. His quiet way has brought people together. His crushing defeat of perennial candidates Konnie Lukes and Bill Coleman, proved Petty and effective vote getter. He also led the local effort to elect Ed Markey and earlier Elizabeth Warren thus picking up political IOU’s from the states two Unites States Senators.
Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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