Posts Tagged ‘jen caissie’

8:32 p.m. Former Candidate Tom Wesley (ma-2) on the line with Brad.

8:28 p.m. Ran into a link issue had to pause the blogging now talking about the GOP needed to have a larger room after this election for their post election brunch. Commenting on Illinois tax issue.

8:05 p.m. Brad Jones the ranking republican in Massachusetts on the state level is now on the phone.

8:04 p.m Just gave a plug to my show and Glenn (instapundit) Reynolds coming on next hour

7:52 p.m. Peter Durant now on the air. Still up by one vote the court date is pending and the election of 2010 is still not done!

7:45 p.m. Peter Durant in the studio, his election STILL in court

7:38 p.m. Talking about what the qualifications would be for parole board. Big issue for Gov Council.

7:24 p.m. Talking about the parole board resignation issue

Going to live blog conservatively speaking before my show, featuring John Weston and Mike Wade. First guest Jen Caissie new member of the Governor’s council.

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.

12:50 a.m. Talking Iraq & Afghanistan, but also talking Iran and nuclear fuel.

12:36 a.m. Asking Marty (who is a real estate lawyer) about the housing bubble, blames Fanny and Freddie

12:31 a.m. Marty gives McGovern credit for debating and sticking with his beliefs.

12:22 a.m. Now Marty Lamb is back with us for the end.

12:14 a.m. Talking about actually making decisions when elected

11:57 p.m. questions for the candidates coming from a caller on questions 1 & 3

11:45 p.m. We are extending the show to 1 a.m!

11:35 p.m Ed McGrath (State Senate Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Franklin, Medway.) Rodney Josephson (state rep 5th Worcester district) , Peter Durant 6th Worcester (state Rep) , Dan Dubrule (state senate State Senator of the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Senatorial District) all on the air together

11:32 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for governor’s council now on

11:25 p.m. Kamal Jain explaining why we should vote yes on Question 1 and question 3

11:15 p.m. I’ll give Jim McGovern credit, like John Olver he defended his votes, he didn’t have an answer for the other dems who are running from their records but it’s not him job. Gotta love a guy who sticks to his guns!

11:05 p.m. Congressman Jim McGovern (d) for Ma-3 now on

10:52 p.m. Steve Grossman (d) candidate for Treasurer on

10:50 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for Governor’s council about to go on

10:34 p.m. Bill Campbell (r) for sec of state now on the air

10:20 p.m. Stacy McCain says that all 4 of them have a shot of winning

10:15 p.m. Stacy Mccain now calling in to join the 4 congressmen

9:48 p.m. Taking calls for the candidates

9:46 p.m. tom Wesley now joining us too ma-1 ma-2 ma-3 ma-4 all on the air at once! Bazinga!

9:39 p.m. Talking the Big Red Wave with Marty Lamb. Sean Bielat talking about democrats supporting him.

9:26 p.m. We now have Bill Gunn, Marty Lamb and Sean Bielat on the air ma-1, ma-3, ma-4

9:14 p.m. Kevin Kuros candidate for State Rep in the 8th Worcester district now up

9:09 p.m. Two of the three Sheriff candidates on the line now, just got back from interviewing Bill Gunn ma-1 in the waiting area with Marty Lamb ma-3

8:50 p.m. Talk about unusual we have both Tom Foley (d) candidate for Sheriff and Keith Nicholas (i) candidate for Worcester County Sheriff at the same time.

8:46 p.m. Jim McKenna (r) candidate for AG now on the air

8:38 p.m. Jim Henderson (i) candidate for Sec of State just on

8:25 p.m. Sen Moore says nothing is likely to happen this session on it.

8:20 p.m Sitting State Senator Dick Moore on with Mary right now.

8:15 p.m. Mary Z Connaughton candidate for State Auditor now on the line

8:10 p.m. Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) now on in the studio

8:00 p.m. Great middle eastern food tonight in the studio provided by Bagels and Kabobs at 160 Worcester Providence Turnpke Sutton Mass. Thanks to Tom Kahale.

7:58 p.m. Jen gives us the same report that canvasser have told me about knocking as a republican.

7:53 p.m. Jen Caissie candidate for Gov council now on the line, John asks her about the big red wave

7:46 p.m. Asking about Gary asks Karen about “nasty campaigning” and getting back together after the election.

7:38 p.m. Karyn Polito candidate for State Treasurer is now on the line

7:35 p.m. Kim Roy is back on

7:28 p.m. Gary Rosen asked about getting a casino, Baker talks about the Patrick not managing to do it with a friendly legislature.

7:25 p.m In the studio waiting to go on later two independent candidates: Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) and Jim Henderson (I) candidate for Sec of State no idea when we will get to them as we have a bunch of people on the line.

7:20 p.m. Asked about state workers being laid off, Baker answers: He gets this from state workers all the time and asks: Is there anyone who is a political appointment or not pulling their weight? When they answer “yes” he says “So what’s the problem?”

7:13 p.m. Baker says he has been hearing good things from Dems

7:10 p.m. Candidate for governor Charlie Baker now on the air.

7:05 p.m. We are starting with Kim Roy State Senate

Getting ready for the Red and Blue Political Horror Show