Dear Attleboro: I am both impressed and thankful for the huge primary election turnout, the highest turnout in a long time in Attleboro! I am very proud of our city and our voters! Very proud.
I am also proud that Attleboro voted for Becky Grossman as our first choice for Congress. Becky finished third in the district and Attleboro was her strongest showing in the 4th Congressional District with 25% of the voters in a 9 candidate race. Becky asked me to thank her supporters and told me we will have another chance to vote for her in the future. She was very gracious in accepting her loss and plans to continue serving Newton as a City Councilor and the Chair of Newton’s Finance Committee. I do expect Becky to run for higher public office in a few more years…. she is a lawyer, with master in Business and Law from Harvard. Becky was a Middlesex County assistant district attorney. She has the talent, nice personality, and the drive to be a terrific public servant
I congratulate Jake Auchincloss, who finished second in Attleboro, on his victory in the 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary. I also congratulate Julie Hall for a strong victory in the Republican primary.
I will be honest, however. I personally found Jake to be abrasive and pushy while meeting him last winter. When I told him I was supporting Becky Grossman he called Becky a loser… then he called me a loser! I was shocked. I much preferred Joe Kennedy as my Congressman. Perhaps that will happen again in the future. Who knows?
I want a Congressman who is fighting to expand affordable health care for all our citizens. Good health care is an American RIGHT, not a privilege for those who can best afford it.
I want a candidate who understands and fights the fossil fuel industry that is causing rapid Climate Change, which is going to impact the lives of our children and grandchildren. I fully support the Green New Deal. I am very proud of our City Council and Mayor Heroux for making Attleboro a Green City.
I want a candidate who fights for Public Financing of Congressional Candidates. This concept was being promoted in the 1980’s, when I was the Membership Director of Common Cause, New Hampshire. But today, we still find wealthy citizens have an enormous advantage over average citizens. Jake Auchincloss’ campaign was mostly financed by the medical industry in Greater Boston. He was able to afford lots of TV ads and numerous fliers that you found in your mail box. The other candidates had less money and couldn’t compete on a level footing with Jake. That bothers me.
Public Financing would allow any American citizen to have an equal financial opportunity to run for higher public office. It would also place limits on the spending of public monies. For example, I could afford a few ads on our local radio station…. but not much on local TV, if anything. How many ads could you pay for? Jake had constant ads. That cost a whole lot of money from his wealthy donors. I challenge Jake to fight for Public Financing.
Teachers, social workers, nurses, electricians, plumbers, small business owners may make enough money to own a decent home and two cars. But if a congressional campaign requires two million dollars to run in a Boston area congressional district….. only well-connected, or wealthy candidates, can afford to compete and have a decent chance to win.
So….. Congratulations, Jake.
From the desk of Ty Waterman
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