Oct 31, 2010
Charlie Baker and his supporters sound like they're riding a wave of energy and momentum and are ready to pull off a huge upset on Tuesday. Also on stage at the Foxboro, MA rally was Senator Scott Brown, who got a nice response; Sean Bielat, who received huge support from his supporters as well; Jim McKenna, who's campaign is building; Mary Z Connaughton (candidate for Auditor) and Richard Tisei (candidate for Lt Governor, who are also ready to become part of a new leadership team on Beacon Hill.
Make sure you vote on Tuesday as it's one of the most important elections ever
Oct 30, 2010
Rally in Foxboro, MA Saturday with Senator Scott Brown; Charlie Baker and Richard Tisei (Gov and Lt Gov); Sean Bielat (MA-04) ; Jim McKenna (AG); and Mary Z Connaughton (Auditor)
The excitement is building within the Sean Bielat campaign to remove Barney Frank from office in the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District. According to a great web site I just discovered called the Hill Buzz, “Sean Bielat is presently surging to within the margin of error" against Barney. The article goes on to say " the whole state is practically begging voters in the 4th to retire Barney, but the district is drawn to be virtually bullet proof for Dems, and Barney rolled home from Washington with pockets overflowing with pork, so this is a real battle."
Bielat is presently running three dynamite TV ads in the Boston and Providence markets that can be seen in a preview in Thursday's post on this website
The ads have generated a lot of excitement among supporters so we'll just have to see what happens. I'm starting to think that he just might pull it off.
Barney is starting to appear like a two-for-one encyclopedia salesman with his non stop offerings of pork to the South Coast during the last few days, where he traditionally has very strong Democrat support. He also appeared on the Ken Pittman Radio Show on WBSM, New Bedford, this week which struck me as an unusual move just days before an election as Ken is an unapologetic Bielat supporter and would be a very tough hostile interviewer for Frank, yet he must have felt he needed to speak to his constiuency in the area and present his side of the arguments that Ken would present. I think he's in trouble and he knows it as was indicated by the fact he put $200K of his own money into his campaign last week.
Oct 29, 2010
The Republican candidate for Attorney General, Jim McKenna, who made history on September 14th by securing his spot on the ballot with a write in campaign, says the impact of his grass roots campaign will be huge if he retires Martha Coakley on November 2nd and It would absolutely shatter the political establishment which he likes to call “the Beacon Hill Boy’s and Girl’s Club”
Jim who felt he had no choice but to run a write in campaign after the Mass GOP did not nominate a candidate to run against the AG incumbent says, “I could not stand to sit back and watch Martha Coakley go unchallenged in this election. Having incumbents breeze to victory is not what our Democracy is all about”
McKenna feels that Coakley who said “It’s not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts” has been particularly irresponsible in the area of illegal immigration when more than $35 million in taxpayer’s money has been shelled out to pay for free services for over 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts.
McKenna says “it is irresponsible for our state, specifically Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley, to allow taxpayers to carry the burden of providing services for these illegal aliens that are breaking the law. This is amnesty by default.”
In addition to being wrong on illegal immigration, McKenna feels Coakley has failed to clean up political corruption on Beacon Hill.
“She has been more focused on prosecuting Garden Clubs”, McKenna says than with the law makers stuffing bribes down their shirts”. "It has been federal authorities that were responsible for uncovering and prosecuting the most significant corruption charges, including those against former Boston State Senator Diane Wilkerson. McKenna who has a slogan posted on his website that says: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do nothing about it” comments further on the Wilkerson matter by saying “the Attorney General should never look the other way on political corruption".
McKenna who believes his campaign has accomplished a lot in a short period of time has picked up endorsements by Governor Tom Ridge; Senator Scott Brown; U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan; and most recently former Mass Governor and probable 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
A poll released on Oct 15th by Opinion Dynamics showed McKenna was gaining momentum and was behind Coakley by only 9 percentage points. According to a Boston Globe Blog: “These are impressive numbers for a guy who made it on the ballot at the last minute with a statewide write in campaign”
The McKenna campaign is urging anyone who would like to support Jim McKenna along with other Republican candidates to attend the following rallies. The ones in bold print are events where there will be plenty of Jim McKenna signs for anyone who wishes one. Because of the late start name recognition is still a problem so please attend these events to get your standout signs for the last few days of the campaign if you can
SATURDAY, OCT 30
10:00-11:00am Rally in Foxboro w/ Sean Bielat
Foxborough Town Common
Rt. 140 & South Street, Foxborough
(plenty of standout signs will be available if you need one)
Saturday, October 30th
9:00am to 11:00am
Atkinson Common Newburyport
Come support your favorite Republican Candidate
12:00-12:45pm Retail stop at Windy Lo Nursery
309 Eliot St, Natick
1:45-2:45pm Rally in Worcester
154 Salisbury Street, Worcester
4:00-5:00pm Rally in Springfield
Court Square Avenue, Springfield
SUNDAY, OCT 31
11:00-12:00pm Rally in Chelmsford w/ Jon Golnik
19 North Street, Chelmsford
12:30-1:30pm Rally in Haverhill w/ Jon Golnik
25 Washington Square, Haverhill
(plenty of standout signs will be available if you need one)
2:30-3:30pm Rally in Beverly
Davis S. Lynch Memorial Park
55 Ober Street , Beverly
Mon Nov 1, Standout at South Station, Boston
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
1:30 PM Lincon Plaza, Worcester; Tea Party Express (This Rally starts at 2:30 PM, but we need supporters here early. People are arriving at 9AM with big 4x8 signs. We need people there to help us hold down the prime spots
Oct 28, 2010
The race in the Massachusetts 4th congressional District between Sean Bielat ® and Barney Frank (D) is becoming much tighter, according to the Cook Political Report which just moved the race up to the category of “Leaning Democrat”.
On Oct 12th Cook sent shockwaves throughout the political spectrum when he moved the nationally watched race from the category of “"Solid Democrat” to “Likely Democrat"”
Additionally a photo copy of an internal Bielat campaign memo has shown up on the Fleming and Hayes website that shows the race is in a statistical dead heat. The memo was leaked from an anonymous source.
According to a Bielat campaign insider who blogs in support of Bielat at Red Mass Group “All of this has happened without any truly great TV advertising. This weekend I think you’ll see Sean at his best in 3 new ads that will be widely broadcast in Boston and Providence TV markets." All three of the new ads are included below.
The same source also indicated that expectations are high that the campaign will move once again to the “toss up” status by election day because of the high level of enthusiam for Bielat's candidacy that has been generated among voters who have seen the ads.
Blogs for Victory is reporting that "Sean Bielat's campaign is catching lightning in a bottle once again and we are looking at Massachusetts Miracle II".
Oct 25, 2010
People bring home pets for various reasons, but one of the most poignant is when it is to provide a welcome distraction for a family that is dealing with the heart wrenching loss of a loved one?
I don’t know for sure, but perhaps that is what my sister Joanne Greenberg, originally from New Bedford and now living in North Reading, MA was thinking when she brought home an affable canine companion named Rosie following the unexpected death of her husband, Peter at age 50 in 2002. Although Joanne says that she acquired the dog from an animal shelter for her two young sons, Ethan, 9, and Zachary, 11, it was clear that the dog bonded with Joanne immediately and vice versa.
Perhaps the dog sensed Joanne’s needs and the terrible grief she was feeling following her loss, but what-ever the reason…Rosie, who had been abandoned, and picked up off the streets by animal rescue league workers was so excited to have a new family that she seemed to make it her mission in life to greet Joanne every time she entered a room, following her everywhere and even causing her to trip over her sometimes. And, of course, she had to plunk down on the same bed with her every night while she slept.
I always thought the best part about Rosie, besides the fact she seemed to be comfortable around people, even strangers, was that she never barked and Joanne liked that as well, but we all knew she was far from being the perfect dog: like the time she burrowed through the screen door, ruining it, to escape the lonely household and lie outside on the grass while waiting for the family to return after a busy day in the world; or the many times that she buried her food or snacks underneath the couch cushions causing Joanne to be constantly in the process of washing her slip covers and removing stains from her carpet. Eventually she just gave up and removed the whole carpet.
But all that doesn't seem to matter any more as the self-assured, medium sized Basenji dog who became an important member of their family passed away last week from kidney problems, cancer, and finally a stroke. Joanne and her friend Susan carried the suffering animal to the vet last Wednesday, where she witnessed her last breath. It was all so sad. Joanne wept. Her sons wept, and anyone who knew the story of this once abandoned dog who offered nothing less than unconditional love has been a little sad and teary-eyed this week as well.
A new poll taken by the Boston Globe has US Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Newton, leading his Republican challenger Sean Bielat by 13 percentage points among likely voters in the Massachusetts Fourth Congressional District. The survey of 385 likely voters had a margin of error of 5 percent.
Bielat, a moderate Republican who was endorsed by John McCain last week has aggressively attacked Frank for his role in the Fannie Mae – Freddie Mac debacle which led to the financial meltdown and present recession with skyrocketing unemployment. Bielat also received an endorsement from Sarah Palin last week as well, but dismissed it by saying, though he welcomed her endorsement he did not seek it and that she was not his top choice for a Presidential run.
Bielat said recently that he felt momentum in the race begin to shift toward him when Bill Clinton appeared at a Frank Rally and when it was reported that Frank felt it necessary to give $200k towards his own campaign for the final stretch run. Frank on the other hand has criticized the former Marine Lieutenant and Consultant to Department of Defense Contractors for his willingness to consider raising the Social Security retirement age to 72.
When questioned by reporters at a recent press conference on his views on abortion Bielat stated his belief that "Roe vs Wade was settled law" which prompted a lecture from Frank that it was a 5/4 decision which continues to be challenged by Republicans intent on getting more conservatives nominated to the Supreme court and is hardly settled law in his view.
With 11% of voters still undecided it is unclear which way they will break, although many political professionals believe that undecided voters this close to election usually break against the incumbent which could be good news for the Bielat camp considering the 5% margin of error.
The Globe article also said “voters also seemed unsure of his positions, background, or even that he was running at all, while many voiced support for Frank, who has represented the diverse district for three decades . The poll also showed that enthusiasm for voting in the election was running much higher among Republicans than Democrats.
Oct 24, 2010
Because we are so close to the election I have deleted the original post along with the related comments and have decided to repost the video without commentary to let you make up your own mind about Bielat's position on abortion and Frank's opinion of the status of Roe vs Wade as well.
I've also included a link to an article entitled Focus: Deep blue district 4 becomes an ideological battleground with Frank, Bielat race. which expands on the discussion and press conference that took place at the WickedLocal.com event. I'll also refrain from commentary except to say what caught my attention about this article was the rather dismissive way in which Sean threw Sarah Palin under the bus, which can also be seen in the previous video I posted entitled Sean Bielat on NECN
Oct 23, 2010
I still plan on voting for Bielat because I believe he will support efforts to repeal health care and other socialist schemes that are underway in Washington under the present administration, but I'm disappointed about his comments regarding Sarah Palin's endorsement, Roe vs Wade, and other statements which I don't think are appropriate for someone who calls himself a Tea Party supporter or a Conservative. He may be Conservative when it comes to Fiscal and National Security Issues, but he certainly is not a Social Conservative a la Ronald Reagan, but I've been told over and over again that the only thing the American people care about during this election cycle is reducing the size of government and jobs, jobs, and more jobs, which I don't believe for one second, but we'll just have to wait and see.
I'll go back to my room now.
Here is the article entitled "Barney Frank may be vulnerable in 4th District Race" that accompanied the above video
Oct 21, 2010
Barney Frank might be dancing around the issues, but in the last two weeks he has appeared in New Bedford , the largest city in the district, bearing major gifts for the region along with Governor Deval Patrick who like Frank has always realized that they can do no wrong in this Democrat stronghold on the Massachusetts South Coast as long as they keep the pork flowing.
And boy is it flowing. With the election less than two weeks away these two master politicians are treating every day down here like it’s Xmas.
Yesterday Frank and Patrick were in town to announce the plan to construct the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal which will be the country’s first port facility designed specifically to support the assembly and installation of offshore wind projects according to an article in the New Bedford Standard Times entitled “Governor leads raucous celebration of New Bedford’s Cape Wind Coup
“Cape Wind, a project that is another first for the U.S. will use the facility during its construction and manufacturing phases, directly creating as many as 1, 000 jobs in Southeastern Massachusetts and positioning New Bedford to attract many more as the offshore wind industry continues to grow", officials said.
Patrick told the enthusiastic crowd that “the project really positions New Bedford to be a major player in offshore wind for projects all along the Atlantic Coast.
Last week a beaming Barney Frank held a news conference at the New Bedford Whaling Museum along with local officials announcing that he had received a letter from the US Commerce Secretary promising to spend millions on new scientific assessments of northeastern fish stocks and to consider loosening regulations that are driving fishermen out of business. New Bedford Fisherman have always raised Frank to the level of a legend in their minds and it appears that nothing will change along those lines before election day on November 2nd.
In fact with 12 days before election day to go I’m reminded of the traditional Christmas Carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. You know…on the 12th day of Xmas my true love gave to me…1)a new port facility…2) all the fish you want…3) new railroad bridges 4) a new Rt 24 exit to a 5) new industrial park 6)lots of stimulous money 7) a new meditech 8)a new law school…9)lots of renovation projects and 10) conversion of empty mill space 10)…a Bread Basket Grocery store…11) harbor cleanup 12 and a partridge and a pear tree..
Sean Bielat may not need to dance around the issues as he points out in the above video but if I were him I'd spend every waking moment during the next two weeks doing standouts and knocking on every door in the city of New Bedford, because right now it’s Xmas down here and the people in this town are not about to tell Santa and his helper (Barney and Deval) to get lost...believe me, I know these people. They could care less about "Fannie What?" and "Freddie Who"?. "Just keep the gifts comin, they tell Barney, "and you'll always be our congressman"! And so the conversation goes down here on the South Coast...
I'm sure that Bielat has been advised to stick with his strategy of nationalizing the election the way most Republican candidates across the nation are doing but how do you get your constituents to focus on issues like the financial meltdown when you're opponent is bringing home the bacon in such an aggressive manner?
Oct 20, 2010
According to the Boston Herald , “she was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and helped establish the National Right to Life Committee.”
“Dr Jefferson was born in Pittsburg, Texas in 1926, the daughter of a school teacher and a minister. She graduated from Texas College in Tyler and earned a master’s degree from Tuft's University in Medford, MA. Jefferson had also taught as an assistant clinical professor at Boston University Medical School and was given honorary degrees by 28 schools.”
It is clear from the following interview entitled Dr Mildred Jefferson on Welfare and Social Anarchy that she was a special warrior in America’s fight to restore dignity and respect for all human souls. RIP Dr Jefferson.
Oct 19, 2010
Another name for forced redistribution of anything is theft. And government ordained or legalized theft is still theft. If you're really concerned about helping people the way liberals always say they are you wouldn't lead them into a state of dependency on government for their basic subsistance.
It's the same as telling them: "I know you're stupid and incapable of taking care of yourselves, but don't worry about it because the government will take care of you now." Although it might make liberals feel good about themselves it does nothing to help others find the American dream, freedom, and prosperity through hard work, diligence, and their own God given abilities and talents, the way previous generations have.
And liberal politicians don't ever want their constituents to become successful that way because if they do , then they won't need them anymore and they'll lose their position of power and influence, which is their key to getting re-elected over and over again.
Oct 18, 2010
Barney Frank’s boyfriend was caught on camera heckling Sean Bielat at WGBH TV following their recent debate on Greater Boston,hosted by Emily Rooney. After Bielat recognized the heckler as Barney's significant other, James Rooney, from the infamous potbust in Maine, he tried to point it out to listless members of the media standing by who clearly were not interested in writing anything that would embarrass Barney
I wonder how the liberal media that has been looking the other way during Barney's fumbles and mismanagement of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disaster would have felt if they had noticed Bielat’s wife standing their firing personal attacks at Barney Frank during a meeting with members of the press.
It's no wonder that Bielat was taken aback by the idea of Barney's significant other heckling him. Doesn't Barney have a staff that can warn him when he or those close to him are about to do something foolish? Apparently not!
Even though Frank is the experienced incumbent in this race, he does not appear to be acting like it. In fact, it is the first time he has run against someone who has had the full backing of his/her party plus financial assistance from Republican donors nationwide eager to remove him from his powerful leadership role in Congress, thus providing his opponent the resources necessary to launch a sustained campaign at an effective level.
You may listen to the audio portion of this press interview at Rush Limbaugh.com if you are a member of Rush's 24/7 club or if you wish to join this great media repository that gives access to the highlights of his daily radio show and the source material he uses to prepare for his incredible monologues, plus much more.
Oct 16, 2010
With only 18 days left Jim McKenna has pulled within 9 points of Martha Coakley, according to the most recent Opinion Dynamics poll.
After just two and a half months of campaigning, Martha Coakley is below 50 percent and he is closing the gap.
In his latest press release he states: “Our biggest hurdle remains name identification. I am campaigning hard every day, meeting with voters and getting our message of putting enforcement back into law enforcement. This week, I called on Coakley to investigate Tim Cahill's alleged violations and halt the Lottery's ads. She finally acted yesterday.”
“Martha Coakley has had a chance to be the state's top cop. We have seen what she has to offer, and it is time for someone new to take on corruption at the Beacon Hill Boys and Girls Club, watch out for the consumer's best interests and enforce immigration laws.”
The Jazz Patriot is proud to endorse Jim Mckenna for Attorney General of Massachusetts. He’s a good honest man with a stellar record as a prosecuting attorney who is committed to enforcing the law not advancing a political agenda.
Sincerely Senior Chief Tom Wholley, USN Ret (alias "The Jazz Patriot")
The following video can be found at Jim McKenna’s website along with other interesting information about Jim, his background, and his ideas for cleaning up corruption in Massachusetts.
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There is something in the air among Republican activists in Massachusetts, particularly regarding the up and coming Congressional elections on November 2, 2010. According to the editor of the Red Mass Group blog, Rob “Eabo Clipper” Eno in an article on one of the questions that he says has been overlooked in the recent Mass Insight/Opinion dynamics Poll taken in Oct 2010 , “It’s beginning to feel a lot like January 19th”.
Jan 19. 2010 of course was the day a little known Massachusetts State Senator named Scott Brown sent a shockwave throughout the entire national political landscape by winning the enshrined Kennedy seat against Martha Coakley in what orignally was expected to be an exercise in futility. If any congressional seat could be called a "safe Democrat seat" it was the one that was first occupied by the future President of the United States, John F Kennedy in 1953 until his younger brother Ted Kennedy succeeded him following a special election in 1962. Kennedy who became known as the "Lion of the Senate" held it for 47 years until his death in 2009 from brain cancer.
Brown's unprecedented victory gave hope to aspiring Republican political candidates throughout the congressional Districts in Mass that they actually might have a chance to break through the heavily guarded Democrat gates to the US Congress that had completely eluded all Republican hopefuls in not only Massachusetts but all of New England in the 2008 election.
The Mass Insight/Opinion Dynamics Poll shows that 57% of the 431 Massachusetts registered voters polled stated they would vote against their current member of Congress while 38% said they would vote for their current representative.
The question asked to voters who stated they were definitely voting in the November election was as follows:
How likely are you to vote against the incumbent Democrat in your congressional district in the elections this November? And the results were as follows: very likely=36%; somewhat likely=21%; not very likely=11%; not likely at all=27%; don’t know=5%.
Oct 15, 2010
Last night the 4th debate between Democrat incumbent Barney Frank of the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District and Republican challenger Sean Bielat occurred on the WGBH TV program “Greater Boston”, hosted by Emily Rooney.
Frank continued to doggedly blame Republicans for not sending a bill through in 2005 that would have implemented more regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac even though he resisted the efforts and voted against it. At that point Bielat interjected the quote of the evening: “So you’re upset that Republicans voted the same way you did, he asked while displaying a perplexed expression and laughing at the unflappable Congressman along with Rooney herself who couldn't resist joining in.
Although Bielat clarified earlier in the debate that he did not feel that Frank was solely responsible for the Home Mortgage meltdown in 2008 that resulted from a loaning binge in which people were given sub prime mortgages who clearly had no way to pay the money back he stressed that there were few that were more culpable for this fiasco than Frank.
Republican bloggers beginning to smell blood in the water at the way Bielat has successfully pounded away at Franks involvement in the Financial Crash which led to the present depression and Frank's defensive posture during the debates this week commented at the Red Mass Group Blog in the way in which Frank seemed to be digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself during his futile atempts to explain his way out of this mess.
And I will agree that discussion of the Fannie and Freddie debacle is not going away and does appear to have the potential to become Frank's waterloo, if he keeps explaining it as ineptly as he has. In fact, it makes one wonder why Frank even agreed to debate the well educated and articulate Bielat in the first place, who has been proving all week, to be more than capable, to stand up to the feisty and fast talking orator who is famous for his classic rants from the floor of the US Congress as well as his quick thinking, sarcastic retorts, and persistance in arguing his points against political opponents and TV pundits on the Fox News channel and on Youtube videos throughout the internet.
The next debate will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters at Lasell College in Newton, MA on October 17th at 5:00 PM. Newton MA is where Frank is from and where he has a very strong constituency.
Oct 13, 2010
According to the Boston Globe in an article entitled Cook Report: Frank's race could get competitive by Stephanie Vallejo, “the race between the Newton Democrat (Barney Frank, D) and republican nominee Sean Bielat (R) shifted over the weekend from a rating of solid Democrat to likely Democratic
“The likely Democratic category is reserved for races that are not currently considered competitive but have the potential to move in that direction. Previously, the race in the Massachusetts Fourth District was considered so safe for Democrats that it didn’t bear mentioning.”
“Barney Frank is still a substantial favorite to win this race, but it’s now going to be a $2 million affair”, said David Wasserman, the House editor of the Cook Political Report. “This year is volatile, and the political dynamics might be worse right now than they were in January when Scott Brown won.”
When Congressman Frank was asked to explain the trend that shows Bielat gaining on him, during a debate on Fox 25 TV last night, Frank quibbled over the distinctions between the various categories rather than emphatically stating a specific reason for the obvious trend,which might have given the astute observer the feeling that Frank didn't have a clue why the public was turning on him and his fellow Democrats. Finally he reluctantly admitted that “nobody should take anything for granted and there was a great deal of uncertainty” (in the electorate)"
And my response to that would have been "duh...do you think?"
Bielat in turn seized on the opportunity to strike back at his opponent in light of his vacuous response by confidently asserting that “he (Barney Frank) doesn’t know why it is moving in that direction because he is out of touch with the opinions of his constituents which is typical of those serving in Congress over a long period of time. And he added that he himself was not interested in making a career out of serving in Congress, as he only planned to be their for a short time and hoped to make a difference before returning to civilian life."
Now, this is something I’ve never heard Sean Bielat say before and I followed him very closely during the Primary campaign against Earl Sholley, who promised out rightly to serve for no more than two terms. So it was good to hear him beginning to solidify a position on this very important idea i.e. term limits which would be a dagger in the heart to the professional political class for which Congressman Frank is their poster child after serving for thirty years. I will also say that he did not go as far as to say he supports term limits as such...
A spirit of cautious optimism seemed to be taking place within the Bielat campaign, in the aftermath of the recent poll results. Last night at the Red Mass Group blog, where a blogger and loyal Bielat supporter said “Charlie Cook had Scott Brown’s seat as likely Democrat until 1/07/10 when he moved it into the leaning category. Cook is one of the best pollsters out there, so the Seat is trending away and Mr. Bielat made a good point that Mr Franks failure to acknowledge the why’s of it does hi lite his disconnect”.
Sparks were flying again last night between Barney Frank and Sean Bielat in the third debate they have had in two days. Unfortunately I was watching the Chilean miners being lifted out of the mine along with a good part of the nation I imagine. But I’ve posted the debate here which was very ably moderated by Maria Stephanos, who kept the dialogue from getting out of control. Both candidates were allowed to ask each other a question which was an interesting twist and the debate even evolved into a discussion about Congressman Frank losing more ground in recent days to Bielat according to a poll that was released last weekend in the Cook Political Report which declared that Frank had moved from having a safe seat to being a likely winner
Oct 12, 2010
The second debate in the same day between Sean Bielat (R) and Barney Frank in MA-04 took place on a New England Cable Network (NECN) Television show entitled Broadside: The News with Jim Braude.
This time Barney was not allowed to filibuster as he did during the WRKO debate earlier in the day. Braude kept him in check, which doesn’t happen to Barney very often. Once I heard Frank say that he has been leading the fight to stop home ownership since 2004 he lost all credibility with me, not that he had any to begin with.
Bielat refused to let him get away with his whoppers this time and made a lot of sense explaining how the free market should have been allowed to solve problems rather than government intervention and bailouts.
Although Bielat did not do any favors for himself when he did not know what question #2 was on the Ballot for the Nov 2 election, I thought he clearly won this debate. Barney Frank did not even look at the camera when he was giving his closing statement, which made him appear less likable than he already is, which wasn’t an easy accomplishment.
Oct 11, 2010
10:38 AM Wow! Now that I’ve had a chance to listen to the actual debate, I think Bielat did fight back more than I was led to believe by many of the callers in the immediate aftermath. He sounded confident, relaxed and not the least bit intimidated debating the long winded Congressman. And he even laughed at Barney which I think got under Frank's skin.The moderators seem to be trying to help Frank out more than they did Bielat, but on the other hand I don’t believe they layed down as much as I was led to believe.
I will be analyzing the content of these debates and will post issues oriented analysis periodically during the next few days.
The following is a video of the Radio debate which gives you a chance to see Barney foaming at the mouth and fidgeting in his chair which is too low for his microphone, while Bielat maintains an even keel, despite the irritating distractions from his adversary.
Part I WRKO Debate
Part II WRKO Debate
Part III WRKO Debate
Part IV WRKO Debate
8:05 AM in the aftermath of the first debate between Barney Frank and Sean Bielat
Initial reaction to the debate on the Tom and Todd show on WRKO at 7:00 to 8:00 AM was that Barney kept talking and talking and talking. Unfortunately I missed it, as it was very important for me to listen to Mad Men last night as well as the show that precedes it, Rubicon, which along with the Good Wife are my favorite shows these days(LOL)but when I tuned into the station at 8:05 AM a heated discussion about the management of the debate by the moderators was underway. Apparently Todd and Tom allowed Barney to dominate the discussion, while Bielat was said to give very brief responses, though all agree he came across as intelligent and in the same league as Barney.
An internet poll of the audience’s reaction had Bielat leading by 93% which seem to contradict the impression of the debate that was dominated by people that supported Bielat but were outraged at Barneys “filibuster”.
As someone who has heard Bielat several times during his campaign against Earl Sholley in various interviews and 1 radio debate, I’m not surprised that Barney ran roughshod over him and I’m not surprised that WRKO allowed him to do as he pleased, which is probably one of the reasons the wily Frank agreed to that particular platform which has treated him very graciously in the past.
One of the callers was upset at Bielat for not willing to use our Military on the borders to keep illegal immigrants out. Another caller referred to him as a weak debater because he refused to debate his opponent in a real debate during the Primary campaign.
As soon as a link to the replay of the debate becomes available, I’ll post it.
Oct 10, 2010
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2010
JIM MCKENNA ROCKS THE VOTE AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES
Boston -- Jim McKenna, Republican candidate for Attorney General, greeted voters at the House of Blues on Landsdowne Street in Boston during the 10th Annual Reel Blues Fest. Jim McKenna is seen here with James Montgomery of the James Montgomery Blues
To learn more, please visit Jim McKenna's campaign website
Four debates have been scheduled between Sean Bielat (R) and Barney Frank (D) in the MA-04 Congressional race:
Debate 1: Oct 12, 7:00 – 8:00 AM, WRKO 680 AM
Debate 2: Oct 12, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, NECN TV
Debate 3: Oct 13, 10:00 PM on Fox 25 TV
Debate 4: Oct 17, 5:00 – 6:30 PM at Lasell College
When Earl Sholley debated Barney Frank in 2008. Most observers agree that Sholley handled him very well and Frank was not pleased. I have no idea how Bielat will do in these debates because he refused to debate Sholley, except near the very end at zero-dark-thirty in a radio debate which according to an internet poll Sholley won handily.
In my opinion, it would have been better preparation for the first time candidate, Bielat, to debate the old pro Sholley as many times as possible to hone his Ivy league debating skills in a real world situation as well as to educate the public on the issues at hand. But I understand why he didn't even if Sholley still managed to get 40% of the vote in a campaign waged on a shoestring budget and no help from the RINO Mass GOP or friends of Mitt Romney in the national Conservative media, like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Michelle Malkin, who endorsed Bielat before the Primaries had even occurred in what I consider ill advised moves on their part.
I'll say it again. He still got 40% of the vote, so it's anyone's bet how these debates will go. Neither candidate seems to be running from the opportunity, so will just have to wait and see.
Oct 9, 2010
Considering the amount of historical revision that Frank has been engaged in for some time, this simple but clever animation brings Frank's role in the financial crash of 2008 back into focus. People forget that the Democrats regained control of the Congress in 2006 and Frank took over as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee with all the power that entails.
We've seen video after video that shows him encouraging the policies of unbridled lending practices that had gone in to overdrive during the Clinton Administration. The evidence shows that President Bush and Republicans in Congress tried to get more regulation implemented but were discouraged from doing so by Democrats like Frank, Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, and Chris Dodd.
This video is a great reminder of what really happened as we approach the election, as well as a great teaching tool for younger people.
Good work kid. Even I get the point. Barney was the driving force behind the financial crash of 2008: He just kept driving while ignoring the housing bubble. I love the music also. Very effective. Very mature interpretation for a 14 year old political activist.
Oct 7, 2010
Obama was raised by radicals to believe that America is the cause of the world's problems and he is doing everything in his power to knock us off our perch. And the scary thing is he is succeeding, but we can slow him down immensely by putting the Congress back in control of the Republicans, who we can only pray have learned their lesson and will do a better job this time around. Let's give them another chance.
Vote for Sean Bielat on November 2, 2010. If you live outside the District and want to help get rid of this national menace, contact the Bielat campaign and donate what ever you can afford.
Oct 3, 2010
Electability factor for Republicans: "Normal People"-"Tea Party" candidates receive intense scrutiny when running for political office
These people gave up their privacy to run for office. How many of their attackers, many of whom are embarrassed by their presence on the ballot as Rush says would be able to endure the types of attacks and media scrutiny they have been submitted to. And what about you? Would you be able to handle that kind of scrutiny, lies, distortions, and cruel jokes.
Lets see. Give yourself the same type of anal exam they have been subjected to by answering the following questions: How many divorces have you had? Would you do well when your ex-wife or ex-husband was questioned? Have you had any children out of wedlock as Paldino has and have you ever been sued? Did you ever screw your bills up and have your electricity or telephones turned off? Have you ever had medical bills, loans or credit card debt that took you more than ten years to pay off? Are there any old friends that could testify to the fact you smoked marijuana or did cocaine during your "young and foolish days"? Have you ever had a confrontation with someone that caused you to make threats or use foul language or have you mouthed off to an arrogant cop who pulled you over and started talking to you rudely after you just had a fight with your wife, or a hard day at work, or after enduring some insults from your kids that really hurt you? (If you haven't...good for you, you're a very special person, whom I don't trust by the way)
Have you ever had problems with the IRS or State agencies like the Massachusetts Department of Social Services like Earl Sholley did many years ago? Perhaps they questioned you about some bruises your kid got in a fall of some type or altercation with school chums that his teacher turned you in for. What other things have happened in your life that would be an immense embarrassment for you if you were running for office and the truth were to be revealed by your opponents or the media? .
Is it necessary to lead a flawless personal life in order to run for political office? Well, if you're a Tea Party candidate or you're running a grassroots campaign without much help from the mainstream Republican party and/or the media, the way Earl Sholley was during the MA-04 Primary against Sean Bielat, or the way Christine O'Donnel, Sharron Angle, and Carl Palodino are doing at the moment, it is apparently.
I'd rather vote for someone who has lived a real life and understands the kinds of problems that real living can produce than some professional politician who buys hairspray and bot ox by the case to paraphrase Limbaugh in a recent tirade against those arrogant elite Republicans who display more hostility and vitriol to the Sarah Palins, Christine O'donnels, Carl Palodinos, and Earl Sholleys of the world than they do to the professional political class.
In a recent monologue in which he aired out his irritations at those who tell him they're embarrassed by many of these tea party candidates, Rush said:
"I thought we wanted people in Washington who look like everybody else in America. I thought we want people in Washington who have had negative encounters with the government, the bureaucracy, the oppressive elements of this regime so they can relate to it and stop it. I thought we want people in Washington who really want a flat tax and are not concerned with the power they'd be giving up in getting rid of the current progressive tax. I thought that's what we wanted."
So did I Rush. So did I.
Oct 2, 2010
Anyone who has read The Jazz Patriot blog during the last nine months or read my posts or comments at Red Mass Group or the Free Republic knows that Sean Bielat was not my first choice to run against Barney Frank because I wasn't convinced he was a true conservative in the image of Ronald Reagan and I still don't think so
But perhaps selecting someone who is more moderate than the 40% of Republican voters who voted for Earl Sholley during the MA-04 Primary might be a strategy that works for Sean Bielat in his battle against Barney Frank. Being an unpredictable Republican Senate vote seems to be working for Scott Brown as it has for years with Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins up in Maine, so maybe it will work for Bielat as well.
And although I agree with Rush Limbaugh when he says that no one has ever written a book about the great moderates in American History and never will, it just might be a viable strategy for Republican candidates in Massachusetts even if it violates the newly formulated Limbaugh rule for Republican voting strategy: Always vote for the most conservative candidate available, whether you think that candidate is electable or not because you cannot see into the future..
After all if you are a conservative voter in Massachusetts, all you have is your integrity and the principles you believe in. But if were talking about a viable strategy for electing more conservative candidates in Massachusetts and particularly in MA-04 where Barney Frank only had to get his name on the ballot in order to win for many years now, I understand that you have to crawl before you can walk. Or as the Bible says you have to drink milk before you can eat steak and Republicans in Mass after four decades of Progressive Governors and thirty years of having one of the most powerful big spending, big government, liberal-socialist Democrats as their Congressman may not be ready to eat steak yet.
So while conservatism is on the ascendancy throughout the nation, "phony conservatism", "RINO Republicanism", or if you prefer "being a Moderate Republican" seems to be the latest craze in Massachusetts.
Anyway, if you're an independent or moderate Republican in MA-04,you can relax. I'm pretty sure he isn't one of those crazy "right wing nut jobs" like myself and other "Sholley" supporters, atleast that is what Bielat supporters who mistakenly made phone calls to Sholley supporters during the Primary campaign told us. And it was all because Sholley's people were opposed to the mindless slaughter of babies in their mother's wombs and were not afraid to speak in their defense boldly and publicly, no matter how unsettling it sounded to those in the GOP who had been advising Bielat not to mention the dreaded "A" word, and still are, apparently.
The latest internal poll released by the Bielat campaign shows Frank leading 48% to 38% in MA-04, but Bielat has a 17% lead among independents. The Frank campaign, however has him leading Bielat by 20 points
So don't get me wrong, I'll take an intelligent former Democrat and US Marine who is definitely a fiscal conservative who is committed to doing something about controlling entitlement programs any day of the week over Barney Frank and twice on Sundays. And if you're scared to death of "true conservatives" like myself who do not believe that Roe versus Wade is settled law and are opposed to gay marriage and homosexual activism in our schools, and still believe in "drill baby drill" along with alternative energy solutions, and consider Global Warming the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people then you probably would have been more comfortable with the Mass GOP's choice of Sean Bielat over my choice, Earl Sholley, anyway. But then again, maybe not. Only time will tell, I suppose.
The important thing at the moment is that the Republicans regain control of Congress this November and bring common sense and sanity back to Washington which has been absent in large quantities since Barney Frank took over as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee which I believe will go down in history as one of America's darkest days if we don't do something to right the ship and do it quickly.
And that opportunity will come on November 2, 2010. Please take your responsibility seriously. Educate yourself about the candidates and then vote for Sean Bielat(LOL), who now refers to himself as a "citizen legislator" who will only run for "two or three terms", which is what the founding fathers envisioned Congressional representatives to be rather than the members of a professional political class for which congressman Frank is the quintessential poster child.
By the way, that line "citizen legislator" was taken directly from Earl Sholley's speeches and was mocked at throughout the campaign by many of Bielat's supporters, particularly when we used it during our blogging efforts on Sholley's behalf. But that's OKay, we're all part of the same team now, right? (LOL)