In The Arena

Unappealing Senate race

Warren, Brown and their partisan battle

Getting in a few last licks as we prepare to take part in the only poll that really matters.

The more I see of Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren these days, the more I am reminded of the words comedian Randy Credico used to describe the 1988 Bush-Dukakis presidential campaign — “the really bad news is that someone will win.”

I’ll be honest, I’m not wild about either of these candidates and I become even less so with every television ad I see, which are running in such saturation that they are often back-to-back against each other. That’s something that used to be verboten in broadcast programming.

We’re not exactly talking about high-minded content here. It’s mostly been about Warren “not being who she says she is” and being a fake Native American and a legal shill for large corporations and Brown wanting to give away the farm to big corporations while taking away a woman’s right to choose — anything but how these two plan to make the lives of Massachusetts residents a little bit better.

My personal favorite came from Warren campaign, which revealed her campaign’s true agenda through a 30-second televised partisan smart bomb warning residents that their vote could be the difference in the Republicans taking over the Senate, that, Warren says, will lead to deep cuts in education and Medicare, tax breaks for millionaires and, of course, the next Supreme Court justice who could help overturn Roe v. Wade.

The ad actually tempted me to do a forensic re-examination of the Constitution to see if I had woefully underestimated the power of the United States Senate to unilaterally craft public and social policy. No such language exists, of course, but I can’t help but wonder how many gullible Bay State residents are going to be absolutely willing to bite on that hook, which, unfortunately, seems to the new normal when it comes to politics in the “reality TV” era.

I can tell you from my own experience that a lot of people are talking about this race, and what I’ve mostly been hearing is amazement that this is the best choice we’ve managed to come up with. That doesn’t change that fact one of them is going to be representing us in the United States Senate.

My vote is going for the candidate who willing to ignore their party and focus on what’s best for the country, which is the only way anything is ever going to change.

2nd District endorsements

Republican 2nd Franklin candidate Susannah Whipps Lee unveiled her “October Surprise” this week, and though it wasn’t exactly the bombshell some expected, it still did serve to underscore the very clear differences between Lee and Democratic incumbent Denise Andrews.

Halloween Wednesday, Lee announced that she received the endorsement of Les Gosule, the father of Melissa Gosule, a Randolph teacher who was raped and murdered 13 years ago by a man who had been convicted on 27 previous charges. The case led to “Melissa’s Law,” which would bar felons from receiving parole after their third conviction for a violent crime, a bill Andrews voted against.

Lee is hoping the Gosule endorsement positions Andrews as being out of touch with the ideals of the majority of residents in the 2nd Franklin District. And while it’s a good get for Lee, I think most people were expecting an announcement of a civil defamation case being brought by Lee against Andrews for the information provided to the Athol Police Department about an alleged cocaine transaction, that supposedly occurred at Lee’s house, but was determined to have been unfounded.

Speaking of unfounded rumors, there is no truth to the story that 1st Franklin District State Rep. Steve Kulik is endorsing Lee’s candidacy, as some of her campaign supporters have reported.

“I haven’t endorsed anyone in that race, and I have no plans to,” Kulik said. “I’m staying out of it.”

Which says quite a bit, at least to me.

Source material

The Democratic National Committee may have missed its chance to bang on Mitt Romney for his non-response to the great Greenfield flood of 2005, but that doesn’t mean the story isn’t still out there, via the Internet.

The “Huffington Post” website this week did an “expose” on Romney’s non-response to the flood, that included some damaging quotes from former Greenfield Mayor Christine Forgey, who, as we remember, embarrassed Willard in the pages of the Boston Globe, resulting in the first and only Greenfield appearance during his four years as Massachusetts governor.

The Romney campaign did not respond to the Post’s story, that ended up on the site, in part, because of the efforts of current Democratic Register of Probate and former 2nd Franklin State Rep. John Merrigan.

“I sent it to them, and I also sent them the ‘Dear Mitt’ column you wrote,” Merrigan told me in an e-mail. “I am proudly responsible for that piece being there.”

Take a bow, John. Hopefully, there won’t be coal in your Christmas stocking this year, but if there is, let’s hope it’s a piece of Barry’s “clean” variety.

See you at the polls.

Chris Collins is the Franklin County News Bureau Chief for WHAI, WPVQ and WHMP Radio. He is a former staff reporter for The Recorder, and is a Greenfield native.

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