Posts Tagged ‘elections 2010’

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

My latest examiner article actually went up a few days ago but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to promote it. The article talks about the difference between what my arch enemy friend Chris Lackey and what other people see:

Chris, whose critique didn’t touch much on speakers like Bill Campbell (r), was very unlucky, as a committed atheist he picked the only week that any presentation remotely touched on religion, If he had been covering other tea party events he perhaps would have understood the heart of the tea party, best exemplified by people like Kristine Abrams who is running for state rep on the Republican Ticket in the 11th Plymouth district.

Kristine is not a politician, she is a regular person who got sick and tired of what was going and an instead of deciding that there was nothing she could do; decided to do something herself. She had campaigned in her district with a message of fiscal responsibility and is making a difference by challenging the one party status quo in this state.

Remember that .0075 per hit is the only revenue I’m making other than the odd tech support job. So click on it and read this and my other examiner articles here.

There was a very good rebuttal at the Sentinel & Enterprise a few days ago:

No, what is clearly evident is that people who share Mr. Lackey’s views are terrified that their humanist/statist hold on government policy is being threatened. However, the philosophy of the tea party in the Twin Cities is nothing to fear. It is a view of smaller government, more local control, peaceful protest, and an inclusive environment where anyone is welcome. To accuse the Twin Cities Tea Party of being intolerant or rude is completely ridiculous and a terrible slight to the group of individuals who take the time out of their busy lives to make it possible for us to have our forum.

My own rebuttal didn’t make the papers I’ll throw it up later.

Daniel Webster is something that some across the country might not believe exists. A 4 term incumbent republican on the State level:

The Plymouth County GOP Straw Poll was a great experience for someone who has waiting a decade for the GOP to rise again.

Mark Reynolds is a business owner who came to hear what Charlie Baker had to say:

I didn’t get a chance to talk to him afterward but I might swing back to see what he says later.