Charlie Baker’s emotion filled account in a televised debate of a conversation he had with a New Bedford fisherman in 2009 is raising eyebrows according to front page stories today in both the New Bedford Standard Times and the Boston Globe.
It’s obvious the editorial board of the Standard Times went out on a limb with their endorsement of the progressive Republican, Baker, over the Democrat Gubernatorial candidate, Martha Coakley, and now they are looking for a way to squirm out of their decision. Baker’s attempt to bring New Bedford into the debate, may have given the radical socialists at the Standard the opportunity they were looking for.
In the article entitled “Questions raised about Baker’s story”, the veracity of his account of a conversation with a fisherman was challenged. During the televised debate when Baker was asked when he cried last he recalled weeping recently over a story he heard in 2009 about a fisherman who told him at a campaign event that he had ruined the lives of his two sons, who were football stars at New Bedford High School by forcing them to turn down football scholarships to work for their father in New Englands’ dying fishing industry.
“But in New Bedford on Wednesday those familiar with the port and New Bedford High football said the story didn’t ring any bells.”
“No one comes to mnd that I can think of said Jim Kendall, president of New Bedford Seafood Consulting”
Kendall goes on to say: “ I’ve gotten several calls on this, texts and emails, too…I’ve checked around, and no one seems to be able to put a finger on who it would be”
The writer failed to point out that Kendal is a long time Democrat political supporter of former Congressman Barney Frank, who has a history of attacking Republicans when they express opinions about the demise of the New England fishing Industry as Kendal did in 2010 in response to a letter I worte to the editor of the same newspaper, in which I quoted Republican candidate for Congress Earl Sholley, who simply implied the government should back off and let New Bedford Fisherman fish.
Any inference that the Democrat party bares any responsibility for getting in bed with the environmental activists who have destroyed the fishing industry, and inhibited other industries as well throughout the country, through ridiculous regulations have always been met with opposition in these parts.
Oh sure… they make a big fuss about it publicly, but they still keep voting for Democrats, don’t they?
And that may be why Charlie Baker, who I do not support, because of his position on social issues, chose to bring New Bedford into the debate, with his tear filled account, whether the story is accurate or not.
Baker understands he will struggle for votes in the Democrat stronghold of New Bedford and he also understands the New Bedford fishing industry is hurting.
The article also quoted Richie Canastra, co-owner of Whaling city Seafood Display Auction, who also questioned Baker’s account: “ Right now, we’re down to about 36 vessels we unload in New Bedford; there used to be close to 200. I don’t know of who the person would be”.
I don’t know all the fishermen” Canastra added, as if it were important to determine whether a Republican politician had fabricated the truth or not..
When asked when Coakley cried last, she said she had just returned from the funeral of a union leader, which should conveniently help her with union voters, I imagine.
It’s funny though….I haven’t read anything to indicate anyone had investigated Coakley’s answer the way they have vigorously questioned Baker’s.
Baker's moving talk with fisherman was in '09' ( Boston Globe, Oct 30, 2014)
Questions raised about Baker's story. New Bedford Standard Times (Oct 30, 2014)