Posts Tagged ‘bill gunn’

11:15 p.m. Talking the Bus strike again the story here.

10:45 p.m. took several calls on illegal immigration, oil and chicken plucking

10:30 p.m. Tom Wesley is now in the studio

10:25 p.m. Sam is asking if Bill Gunn will continue to challenge Olver.

10:15 p.m. Bill Gunn is calling for every republican in the district to start running for City counsel and selectmen all over the state.

10:10 p.m. Sam is a democrat but he is outraged over the impending Bus strike when they are getting a 9% raise. I think there will be no objecting because these union guys won races for them.

10:06 p.m. Sam Rosario now in the studio

9:55 p.m. Bill and Marty both point out that we pinned down democrats here helping the Big Red Wave.

9:53 p.m. Bill Gunn joins us on the air

9:48 p.m. Marty talks about staying involved and working on the farm team for Conservatives in Massachusetts

9:36 p.m. Marty Lamb talks a bit of vote fraud in Worcester that you read about here.

9:25 p.m. Marty Lamb of #ma-3 now in the studio with Sean Bielat

9:10 p.m. Talking about the race and the democratic machine and redistricting

9:05 p.m. Sean Bielat former candidate for ma-4 now in the studio

8:50 p.m. Talking the Tea Party express, some disagreement.

8:45 p.m. We are talking about the grass roots nature of the tea party.

8:35 p.m Asking if the Tea Party will stay with the Republicans or will look independent if Republicans don’t follow through.

8:30 p.m It looks like Jim Henderson is not done with the Sec of State run.

8:25 p.m. Two tea party guests now joining us Justin Brooks pres of the twin city tea party. and Ken Mandile head of the Worcester Tea Party

8:05 p.m Talking about ID for voting some disagreement

7:55 p.m. Talking about the difference between “voter fraud” and “election fraud”

7:45 p.m. Jim Henderson former independent candidate for sec of state in Massachusetts now in studio.

7:40 p.m. Talking trade secrets, call in at 508-438-0965 or listen live here

7:35 p.m. Asked about the fact that many have older cars these days due to the economy.

7:30 p.m. The web site for Right to Repair is here.

7:15 p.m. Mike talks about the manufacturer franchises being forced to jump through certain hoops that non franchises don’t.

7:10 p.m. the legislation requires that the repair/diagnostic information must be available at a reasonable price

7:05 p.m. Stephen Reagan of the Right to Repair coalition is our guest

7:00 p.m. Bill 2517 the right to Repair bill is our topic tonight

The last pre-polls closed moment I had was with Annie DiMartino who I didn’t realize was Annie until I came up to her wrapped up in a heavy coat and a hat.

Off Camera Annie thought that both Deval and Olver would win by a hair, she figured the project money for Olver would make the difference. She was the only thing grass-roots about this election for democrats. She thought it would be MUCH closer, then again in her years in politics the machine never really had to put its full effort out.

One of the few bright spots of the night was Jen Caissie’s win for Gov’s council. Remember without the democratic lock on that council you don’t get the 4-3 ruling that has convulsed the country for a decade. (and cost 3 iowa judges their jobs yesterday)

Mary had reason to cheer at the end of the day

In the parking lot that evening I noticed a man next to a truck on a cell phone telling a person he would be here until the fellow on the other line came down to vote. That is how a ground game is played particularly in a union. If you don’t tow the line you don’t get the job. Think of On the Waterfront with a political machine as Johnny Friendly and no violence. When Gov Patrick thanked the “get out the vote” campaign he knew what he was talking about.

People are wondering how Scott Brown managed to win statewide when no other Republican did. This is an easy one. There was no skin in the game for Beacon Hill. Brown was on the ticket alone and nobody’s personal fiefdom was on the line with no other democratic race involved. This was all about personal patronage the protection on the graft and their cookie jar. It is the reason you had hundreds of poll watchers out. They understood that if they lost, the money they get from you was dried up.

That BTW is way Saddam’s home area fought so hard in Iraq, it wasn’t because of their love for Saddam it’s because when he stole from the majority, they were the ones who benefited, they fought for the money.

BTW to everyone who was insisting that we tea party folks are backed by big money, Massachusetts put the lie to that canard. Marty Lamb for example was outspent 30-1. Run that through your head. 30 to 1.. The difference between the two campaigns were the difference between those paid to hold a sign and those who volunteered to do so.

Gracious in defeat

Bill Gunn started the evening with a prayer that all sides graciously accept God will and the results whatever they may be. When things went bad and he talked to us again he talked of all the hard work and all the money that we forced the other side to spend. It was a very encouraging speech.

Apparently that same prayer wasn’t said at the Barney Frank HQ. Have you ever seen a more ungracious winner that Barney Frank? It was as if he was offended that he had to actually run for his seat? What really offends him is the loss of his chairmanship. Good luck getting those expensive plane rides paid for without that authority.

Baring a retirement by another member. I hope Mr. Keating who won in the 10th after one of the most disgraceful campaigns I’ve seen enjoys his single term. As the newbie without a retirement there is no way he doesn’t end up restricted to run against a more experienced congressman.

Actually we will find out a lot about the popularity/power of Barney Frank by how that redistricting goes. If Keating’s district is merged with Frank then Barney will have a 2nd tough primary battle and this time the undeclared will likely turn out in DROVES to take the democratic ballot to pop him in the primary. If Keating ends up against Capuano that will speak to Barney’s clout.

The reason why the polls didn’t reflect how strong democrats would run in congress is the same reason why Sharon Angle out-polled Harry Reid right till election day. Without the machine to get them out the union voters would have stayed home.

The worst part of the results is the loss of fear by those in power. As recently as Sunday insiders expressed real fear about this election (which generated the machine in full swing) How restrained will those same office holders be after this victory? Do you think they are afraid of being audited by Susanne Bump or prosecuted by Coakley? HA!

The parallel that instantly comes to mind is Hal Chase’s “Trial” by the national league on Jan 30th 1919 over allegations of working with gamblers to throw ball games. (The same gamblers that he would help fix the world series with 9 months afterward) He was acquitted by the league and as Bill James said:

He was free, then. It had all been brought out into the open , and he had gotten by with it. This seems to have had a liberating effect of Chase’s activities…

This election will have a very liberating effect on the State Legislature and Gov Patrick. If you stayed home you cast that not guilty vote that will free them from all restraint.

I like Carla Howell but she has to stop putting questions on the ballot about sales tax repeal etc. First of all the legislature is not obliged to obey them and second of all it is stuff like that which drives union turnout. There were more people in Fitchburg holding signs against question 3 in ward 6 than for any democrat candidate.

The night of Scott Brown’s win I asked Gov Romney what he would do to make that night was Berlin 1989 vs Hungary in 1958, he answered in generalities. He performed in generalities during this election too. One campaign appearance at the end for Jeff Perry tells us that Mitt considered Massachusetts one thing, a stepping stone for the white house. A lot of republicans who could have used his help won’t forget that he was elsewhere during the campaign.

What needs to be done is this: The tea party folks who held signs and fought so hard need to run for local and city-wide elections. The State machine is less likely to bring out the muscle (which costs money that local campaigns don’t have) to put you down.

I’ve been to every precinct in the city so far and this is what I saw.

In ward 6 where two years ago I stood alone a group held signs for republican candidates

Republicans in 2010 Ward 6

The only candidate on the democratic side promoted was Tom Foley for Sheriff

The only democrat signs in 6

I have never in my life seen more people holding signs for a question than for a candidate

Anti Question 1-3 electioneering

I was so struck by that I interviewed a gentleman there

Foley has drawn a fair amount of support. I’ve met him personally and I’m not surprised by that.

The man on the right is a republican but he is for Foley

There was a group of FSU students interviewing people for a government project, I asked them why they didn’t cover the Gunn event at the college, none of them had been told even though every teacher got an e-mail about it.

Where were these college folks when Gunn was on Campus?

In Ward five the turnout was VERY high, particularly in 5a

Ward 5 very busy

I talked to David Roth who I knew from high school, he was a year ahead of me.

In Ward 4 it was the same story

Two Poll workers in Ward 4

Ward 2 also had a very steady stream, their totals were already over the primaries before noon

Posing at the machine in Ward 2a

In ward three there were two big surprises. My mother who works the polls told me it was very steady, in the second ward the numbers were already over 800 by 12:30 p.m.

Ward 3 the busiest ward in town

In both wards 6 and 3 there were Democratic poll watchers checking to see if they needed to get their people out if they hadn’t voted. Two people I met at the Mayday march were also in 6 and 3. We disagree but they are very nice and I’m always pleased to see them.

I ran into John Olver in Ward 3. I still think he is dead wrong but I’ve learned to respect him as a gentleman who has never treated me with anything but respect. He has run a clean and honorable campaign.

John Olver and supporters in Fitchburg on election day

Ex Mayor Mylot was there as well, he was supporting the republican ticket. The men on the left holding signs for Lew held them for Bove in the primary at the same spot.

Ex Mayor Mylot in ward 3

The Shock of the day came as Bill Gunn showed up at the same time and he and Congressman Olver posed for a picture together.

Bill Gunn (r) and congressman John Olver (D) civil and honorable opponents

This was the picture of the day, although I think it will be a close race both have run positive, clean and issue oriented campaigns, it’s been an example to the entire nation.

In ward one the trend of incredible numbers continued:

Ward one with a full house

And the electioneering continued, the most popular democrat in the area is clearly Foley

Signs for foley in ward 1

Republicans signs were in every place except for ward 4 downtown.

Republicans holding signs in ward 1

Bottom line all signs point toward huge turnout and if the Scott Brown trend of January is a barometer, then I’d be worried if I was the left