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Special GoLocal Debate: State Rep. Candidates Face Off

Monday, October 15, 2012


Democratic incumbent Jim O'Day will square off against Republican challenger Bill McCarthy and Independent Winthrop Handy in the 14th Worcester District State Representative debate streaming live on GoLocalTV today at 5:30p.m.

This year marks the first time O'Day has been challenged for the seat after winning a 2007 special election in the district composed of the town of West Boylston and part of the city of Worcester. All three candidates are Worcester natives with years of involvement in the district's communities under their belts.

Much like the presidential and Senate races this year, jobs and the economy have been the top issues in the fight for Worcester's 14th District.

Handy, McCarthy and O'Day sparred over the topics during a debate in West Boylston last week, and the discussion and disagreement are likely to rage on again this evening.

From Social Worker to State Rep.

O'Day spent 24 years as a social worker with the state's Department of Children and families prior to heading to the State House, and he said his role as a State Representative has been an extension of that work.

"One of the greatest honors of my job is ensuring that individuals who can't speak for themselves are represented and afforded the dignity they deserve," O'Day said in a campaign announcement.

His resume also includes time as Regional Vice President of the local 509 union chapter for the former Department of Social Services, and O'Day still sits on the Central Massachusetts Labor Council.

While serving on Beacon Hill, O'Day has advocated for one-stop career centers to help grow the state's workforce, efforts by the Department of Conservation and Recreation to combat the Asian long-horned beetle infestation that took a toll on many of the 14th District's trees in recent years. During this year's legislative session, he played a key role in securing more than $11 million for municipalities and students battling homelessness as they try to pursue their education.

Currently, O'Day serves as Interim Chairman of the House Committee on Bills in Third Reading, and he is a member of the Joint Committees on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. The Representative is also a member of the Parks and Facilities Committee in West Boylston and the Early Learning Leadership Advisory Board.

In addition, O'Day serves on the West Boylston Little League’s Board of Directors, the Board of Governors for the Central Branch YMCA and the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

The Republican Challenger

McCarthy is a familiar face among Worcester Republicans, having run for Worcester County Sheriff in 2004 and twice for a City Council seat.

The former state trooper previously served as the Executive Assistant for the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and he is currently a Criminal Justice professor at Quinsigamond Community College and teaches coures at Becker College and Assumption College as well.

Since returning to the Worcester area 10 years ago, McCarthy has spent time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, the Burncoat Babe Ruth Baseball League, and the Joe Schwartz Little League for Girls Softball.

The Republican's core campaign issues are lowering taxes, reforming the EBT and welfare systems, and developing job opportunities in the region.

Earlier this year, McCarthy railed against O'Day for a bill the Democrat proposed in 2011, the Act to Invest in Our Communities, which would have increased the state income tax rate from 5.3 to 5.95 percent.

O'Day defended the measure, arguing that the Commonwealth's tax code warrants revisiting.

An Independent Business Owner

Handy is an artist, photographer and, for the past 36 years, a small business owner. He has also spent 15 years as an elected member of the West Boylston Light Board where he continues to serve today.

The Independent has been an active volunteer for 30 years with National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS), a non-profit that provides canine assistance to deaf and disabled Americans, where he sits on the organization's Board of Directors.

Like his Republican opponent, Handy believes taxes in the Commonwealth are too high and are particularly burdensome for small business owners like himself.

His experience in the the West Boylston Light Department has led him to advocate for alternative energy sources, which he argues will reduce costs for municipalities and ratepayers alike.

"If we want to stop the exodus of Massachusetts residents and business owners to other state with less expensive energy, we need to lower the cost of our electric power." 


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Stephen Quist

extremist rightwing teapartiers/activators like republiCant mccarthy do not reflect the values and concerns of the 14th Worcester District and never will.......

Tax Payer Citizen

But O'Day wants to raise taxes higher than any other Democrat in Mass has suggested. He is more extream than anyone else in either party.

Stephen Quist

no one is as extreme as the teapartiers/activators......O'Day is willing to sit down and discuss issues with his constituents however with the extremist teapartiers/activators there is no such opportunity....there is no debate nor compromise and that quite frankly in un-American...........mccarthy is an extremist teapartier/activator and not reflective at all as to what America stands for nor does he have an understanding as to exactly what the needs of the 14th are..........

Harry Huckum

Q thinks that McCarthy is extreme simply because he is not a democrat. That proves how stupid Q is and how little he knows about history. No one in the 14th buys your bullshit dem party lies.

Here are some (just a few) examples of Democrat party extremism:

It was Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Democrat, who founded the Ku Klux Klan.
Woodrow Wilson segregated Federal Buildings and jobs after 50 years of integration under largely Republican administrations.
It was the Democrat Party in the South that instituted Jim Crow Laws.
It was the Democrat Party in the South that instituted "separate but equal".
It was the Democrat Party in the South that supported the Ku Klux Klan.
It was George Wallace and the Democrat Party in the South that said "Segregation Forever".
It was Orval Faubus and the Democrat Party that wanted the Arkansas National Guard to enforce segregation, and Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican President, that sent the 101st Airborne to integrate the schools.
It was Bull Connor, a member of the Democrat National Committee, who turned the hoses on the marchers in Birmingham, and it was the Republicans who made up the majority that passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, over the filibuster of such Democrat paragons as William Fulbright and Al Gore Sr. - and Grand Kleagle Byrd.
(And no, the Dixiecrats didn't join the Republican Party - most of them remained Democrats.)
It was the Democrats who kept Grand Kleagle Byrd in the party.
It was Democrats who called General Colin Powell a "house nigger".
It was Democrats who called Condi Rice - who grew up with and knew the little girls in Birmingham who were blown up, by Democrats - an "Aunt Jemima" and ran cartoons of her with fat lips doing Hattie McDaniel riffs.
It was Democrats, or at least Obama supporters, who called Stacy Dash a hundred different racist names for daring to leave the Democrat plantaion. (sic) It's the Democrats who hold annual dinners honoring Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and who orchestrated the Removal, the Trail of Tears, the near genocide of several of the Indian Nations.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/10/the_democratic_partys_long_history_of_racism.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#ixzz29NYBsp3y

Harry Huckum

AND here is a video of democrats at a Lizzy Warren rally using anti-gay slurs against a Scott Brown staffer who happens to be gay and a member of GOProud.


Now what is it that McCarthy has done that makes him an extremist Mr. Q?

Provide your evidence or don't you have any?

O'Day is one of only three in the entire legislature who voted against EBT reforms
O'Day authored a bill to seize more of our money via higher income and capitol gains taxes even when speaker DeLeo said that he would not entertain any proposal to increase taxes during a recession.

Let me see, Speaker DeLeo says No Way No How will I allow any legislation to come forward that increases taxes and Jim O'Day does exactly that (with the help of Joe O'Brien) and you are calling who extreme? And you want people to take you seriously or are you just TROLLING?

Stephen Quist

the huckster known as harold is just continuously proving his ignorance in grand fashion.
I belong to no poltical party and only vote the candidate and not the party.........
If the huckster loves the extremist teapartier/activators all the power to him.........
Anyone can point to BOTH major parties failed policies and failed ideas.........but not the huckster with his blinders on...
If its the republiCants, according to harold, they can do no wrong. If its the dems, they are the reason for all that is wrong in the world today...........
And that my friends sums up harold the huckster.........partisianship before citizenship........doesn't get anymore un-American than that.....what a joke!

Stephen Quist

Harry, Harry , Harry - you old huckster!......
You should know better than that...
Evidently you did not read my response to your previous idiotic statements.
I vote the candidate and not the party......I support US Senator Scott Brown for re-election to the US Senate..........
I am sorry what was your drivel again........?

Edward Saucier

What's all that Harry Huckster diatribe to do about the subject matter of the article? Focus Harry, focus!

And most of those nasty democrats Harry talks about left the party and went republican after the civil rights act in the 1960's. Much of what Harry says is a big heaping pile of crap in the first place. Harry's a hater in the mold of the republican party of the new century.

Give us some more of the copy and paste BS from the right wing web sites Harry. How about throwing in the video of Scott Brown sucking up to the Koch Bros. for more campaign cash. I like that one.

Stephen Quist

huckster if you believe all the drivel you post then you should have no problem stepping up and identifying yourself publicly or do you only possess blog-courage.......I think the latter fits you to a tee.....coward
All mccarthy has to do is to step up and unequivocally state he is not a teapartier/activator.........none of the republiCants for statewide office out of central mass is willing to do that.......
I wonder why?
Is it because the teapartiers/activators are to extreme for any candidate to be associated with them?

Stephen Quist

RepubliCant candidates for statewide office in central mass refusing to renounce the teapartiers/activators......???
Very odd not standing up for ones beliefs.......But I digress:
Simonian, O'Malley, Lebeau and McCarthy.......seems like one hell of a pattern here where the republiCants don't want to be seen nor associated with these outlier extremists............shades of Donna Colorio???.....that won't happen again..........and you can take that to the bank!

Harry Huckum


Let me see if I get this straight:

Lowering taxes or keeping them the same (re: tea party) is extreme?

You said: "I vote the candidate and not the party" but if anyone is part of the tea party you won't vote for them? What a phony you are. You truly are a caricature.

It isn't extreme to call for tax increases during a recession?

You would vote for O'Day over McCarthy because of why? Oh yeah, you want higher taxes from an ex drug addict, rather than policies that will be pro growth from a former CT state trooper.

Good luck with all of that.

Tony Chandler

What I'm more concerned about is why is Mr. Quist on the public payroll and using his time to blog on Go Local Worcester. Perhaps a review of his blogs and his clocked in time would be of concern to a news station that does undercover work.

I'm supporting Bill McCarthy because he has values, he's educated, and I'm done paying more Taxes. The only thing the other guy does is raise taxes. He's never seen a tax he didn't like.

Stephen Quist

harry huckster enjoy..........the following republiCants refuse to stand up and be counted as the extremist teapartiers/activators they are.......... Simonian, Lebeau, O'Malley and our favorite McCarthy.... unless they are willing to unequivocally refute and distance themselves from the teapartiers/activators then they are what they are - they are unelectable in Central Ma because they do not reflect the values and needs of Central Mass.
Anthony: you are absolutely incorrect in your assumptions but then again, having followed your blogging here and elsewhere you knew that already....gotta go guys for my mandatory unionized government paid coffee break.....Anthony maybe you can convince that 'crack t$g investigative team' to get on the case.......lmfao.......

Stephen Quist

Harry Huckster still a coward hiding behind an alias.....a lot of blogging courage not much else......

Tony Chandler

So, does Mr. O'Day pay Federal Income tax, or does he use the loophole and not pay anything. Plus he gets a per diem from the state of $311 per day - kinda ironic he didn't answer the question Mr. McCarthy asked him.

Do you pay Federal Taxes Mr. O'Day????

Stephen Quist

Thats right Anthony talk about anything else than the issues regarding the people of the 14th..........
People are voting for their State Rep not for someone that subscribse to the extremist teaparty/activator mantra.....
And thats why mccarthy loses in a landslide come 11/6............
Whats your answer going to be then Anthony?
Will you insult the voters because they refused to vote in an extremist?

Tony Chandler

Actually Mr. Quist. If the voters pick someone other than my Mr. McCarthy, I'm not going to whine or cry. The voters will have spoken and I would honor that. I'm not going to say they stole the election or cry foul play like the democrats do. That's the point of an election. Hopefully the best man wins and that is defintely Bill McCarthy.

But you seem to quite obviously avoid the question just like Mr. O'Day - does he pay income tax?

Does that bother you - specifically you Mr. Quist, that Mr. O'Day doesn't pay federal income tax like the rest of us citizens?

That he uses a loophole to avoid paying "his fair share". What about the children, the elderly, and the Veterans. What will the do?

Can you at least answer that question specifically? Just wondering.

Vote Bill McCarthy - he will not use a loophole to avoid paying his taxes. He doesn't believe in the public feeding trough that Mr. O'Day obviously enjoys eating out of!!!

Mr O'Day - answer the question - are you paying Federal taxes by using the loophole to avoid paying Taxes like the rest of us - since all you've done is raise our taxes.

Stephen Quist

mccarthy seems - just like you - refusing to own up to the radical extremist agenda he supports.....just not publicly.
What is mccarthy hiding?
Why won't maccarthy tell the constituents in the 14th up front and clearly if he is or is not a radical extremist teapartier/activator?
What about your republiCant candidate Anthony, is he willing to stand up - man up and totally disavow the radical extremist teapartiers/activators?
maccarthy refuse to disavow these radical extremists and in fact believes their anti-American rhetoric...because like minds think alike
Again - November 11 - its O'Day in a landslide!

Tony Chandler

Mr. Quist - you failed to answer the question. Is that what democrats do?

Note every - Mr. Quist is just like Mr. O'day - he won't answer the question.

Why won't you answer the question????

Do you not have the guts to answer it. Don't change the subject - answer the question!!!

Does that bother you - specifically you Mr. Quist, that Mr. O'Day doesn't pay federal income tax like the rest of us citizens?

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