|Pro-family activism that makes a difference!|
What is the Governor's Council? The Governor's Council votes to approve all judges (and certain other officers) nominated by the Governor, before they can be sworn in. It is a body of eight people elected every two years from eight districts across the state (shown above). The Governor's Council is chaired by the Governor (who doesn't vote), and also includes the Lt. Governor. It usually meets weekly in the Governor's office suite in the State House. They generally also hold public hearings for each judicial nominee, before voting on them.
The biggest problem over the past few decades has been the willingness of the Council members to cater to the political establishment, and approve of blatantly activist or biased judges, unqualified judges, and unabashed political appointments without regard to how this will affect the court system or society.
Governor's Council endorsements:
55% D - OLIVER CIPOLLINI, Barnstable
45% R - *CHARLES CIPOLLINI, Fall River
Imagine a contested race where the Republican is endorsing the Democrat and even campaigning for him! Charles Cipollini and Oliver Cipollini are brothers. And both of them are first-rate. Charles, a Republican and the incumbent, has been attacked by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald (and all other liberals) for his commonsense approach to vetting judges. After one term, he's ready to hand off the reins to his brother, who won the Democrat primary. As a voter, you can't go wrong in this election!
OPEN SEAT: Incumbent Kelly Timilty passed away in January.
60% D - ROBERT JUBINVILLE, Milton
40% R - EARL SHOLLEY, Norfolk [MCFL]
Earl Sholley is a great pro-family advocate, very articulate, who understands the problem of activist judges better than almost anyone. We'd love to see him win this.
74% D - *MARILYN M. PETITTO DEVANEY, Watertown
26% U - TOM SHEFF, Newton
Marilyn Devaney is an out-of-control nut, and we don't use that term lightly. She tends to spew offensive rants at Governor' Council meetings. She once said that people with pro-family values on homosexuality should not be allowed to testify at the Council's public hearings. She gets demonstrably angry when criticized about her votes to confirm anti-family judges. Tom Sheff would be a breath of fresh air, if he could beat her.
D - *CHRISTOPHER IANNELLA Jr., Boston
Ianella is an empty suit who reliably rubber-stamps everything.
OPEN SEAT: Mary-Ellen Manning ran for State Senate, but lost in the primary. (We wish she had stayed on.) Manning, a Democrat, has endorsed Ciardiello in this race. That's how radical Duff is.
57% D - EILEEN DUFF, Gloucester [MEQ]
43% R - MAURA CIARDIELLO, Haverhill
D - *TERRENCE KENNEDY, Lynnfield
Kennedy is a disgusting anti-family hater. A real piece of work. We wish someone strong had run against him.
R - *JENNIE CAISSIE, Oxford
Caissie is a RINO Republican who panders shamelessly to the Left's political correctness. During a Governor's Council meeting she once described the testimony of pro-family people as "irrelevant and and ignorant." She sometimes votes correctly, but usually for the wrong reasons.
OPEN SEAT: Thomas Merrigan did not run for re-election. Good riddance.
69% D - MICHAEL ALBANO, Longmeadow
31% R - MIKE FRANCO, Holyoke [MCFL]
Albano is a former mayor of Springfield, is probably the most radical Governor's Council candidate we've ever seen. He told the press that he would impliment a litmus test for judges: They must support abortion, gay marriage, and affirmative action -- or he would reject them! Mike Franco is a pro-family and Tea Party favorite going way back. He really gets it, would not bend for anything, and would make a wonderful Governor's Councilor.