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Neal Heeren stopped by the Karyn Polito event once the Bill Gunn town hall was done on Wednesday:

Again I’m sorry about the poor lighting that was available.

The town Hall in Leominster Mass was packed yesterday and both Bill Gunn and Neal Heeren took an awful lot of questions from the audience:

On Term Limits:


on town hall meetings:

On How he can make a difference:


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8:00 p.m. Comment from audience: “I’ve never had anybody with no money offer me a job.”

7:55 p.m. Neal Heeron: “I resent calling taxes state revenue” it is the people’s money, not the state’s revenue.

7:36 p.m. “The government is in places it never should have been.”

7:32 p.m. “It is your job to hold your public servants accountable.”

7:25 p.m. Wants to remove the current tax system replace with national sales tax, explains why a VAT is murder on an economy, flat tax better than now, but if link stays between your paycheck and a pol it is trouble.

7:20 p.m. “If everybody kept their money and paid their taxes once a year there would be a Tax revolt in this country.”

7:13 p.m If the majority won’t give us time to read a bill I’ll vote against it

7:11 p.m. “Every bill that comes before me I’m going to read.” Round of applause, how sad is it that he has to say it and that it is an applause line.

7:07 p.m Talks about the tax rates and how government can retard business

7:05 p.m. Describes freddie mac and fannie mae as gambling with the house promising to cover your losses

7:00 p.m. Says Healthcare bill must be repealed as a whole, it can’t be fixed it can’t be tinkered with. The room erupts with applause.

6:58 p.m. The ideas to fix Washington are right here with the people

6:53 p.m Bill’s is being introduced now, “It’s time to give Olver a ‘Dear John’ letter”

6:51 p.m. People still coming in (Stacy is off to cover the Hudak debate tonight in Beverly)

6:50 p.m. Told that bill picked up endorsements of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the big one Scott Brown today.

6:48 p.m. Neal Heeren candidate for state senate is given a few min to speak

6:46 p.m. The room is packed only a few open seats

Here is the video of Jen Flanagan and her opponent Neal Heeren at the Twin city Tea party on the 28th

I recorded these in about 10 minutes swatches based on my camera and the space on my two cards:

I actually think she made a good presentation. I thought her answer on “Tea Party Extremism” was a safe answer, but I think her answer on NH was week.

She did meet with people privately and talked for a while, as I said before she deserves a lot of credit for showing up.

Here is her opponent Neal Heeren

I missed the start of his speech as my batteries needed switching.

Without a question Heeren was a weaker speaker, he had to refer to his notes quite a bit on opening and seemed very uncomfortable on stage, rather odd for a lawyer. On the issues he was more correct but you have to be able to make the case to people. That’s a skill he can develop but if Flanagan keeps showing up and manages to make credible explanation and presentations it will be harder for him.

This more than anything illustrates why Flanagan’s presence was smart! Rather than avoiding the Tea Party in fear she confronts it directly. Were all her answers good enough? Likely not but you can’t beat something with nothing. She is an experienced pol and a personable lady. There is no reason why she shouldn’t make a good impression on the people she represents.

If what you believe is right it can stand up to argument. Liberals in fear of the tea party have conceded that argument. If they follow the example of Flanagan for good or ill that might change.

I’ll have Jen Benson and Kurt Hayes up later tonight