Here's what the interesting Mass. Legislative races look like so far (for you political junkies).
Seventeen open seats, plus others. Nomination papers due April 29th.
Posted: April 23, 2008
Here's what the races look like to us so far. NOTE that we've mostly listed the candidates we know about -- from a pro-family prospective. In some of the races others are running that we haven't mentioned. (Interesting overall note: It doesn't appear that the Republicans have healed much from their last drubbing in 2006. Across the board, from a cursory look at the lists we've gotten, it looks like there are more Democrats running against incumbent Democrats than Republicans running against incumbent Democrats!) Also - some anti-family reps who ought to have opponents: Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty (D-Chelsea), Rep. Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop)
House "open" seats (12 reps NOT RUNNING for re-election)
8th Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. Paul Loscocco (R-Holliston)
Loscosco was a turncoat Republican in the marriage vote, and is probably sick of the abuse he's taking. Democrat Carolyn Dykema has already held a fundraiser.
Republican Dan Haley, an attorney from Holliston and who was chief of staff for Kerry Healey, is one of best candidates so far from GOP, we're told. He also worked for the national party.
31st Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. Paul Casey (D-Winchester)
The homosexual lobby recruited someone to run against Casey because of his pro-marriage vote, so Casey probably decided it wasn't worth any more abuse from that depraved bunch.
Republican Brian O'Conner, a selectman from Winchinchester, is said to be avery good candidate.
2nd Hampden - Leaving: Rep. Mary Rogeness (R-Longmeadow)
William Scibelli, a Longmeadow selectman. is running for the Repubs and is said to be pretty good.
2nd Bristol - Leaving: Rep. John Lepper (R-Attleboro)
Attloboro City Councilor George Ross, a Republican, hopes to replace him.
2nd Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. Geoffrey Hall (D-Westford)
Littleton School Committeeman, Republican Paul Avella, plus 3 others are running. A Republican school committee member??? Is that possible in Massachusetts?
4th Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. Stephen LeDuc (D-Marlborough)
LeDuc resigned in February to take another job.
Arthur Vigeant, the Marlboro City Council President, is a conservative Republican running to replace him.
4th Plymouth - Leaving: Rep. Frank Hynes (D-Marshfield)
Republican Dan Mullarkey, recruited. Also 3 Dems running there.
3rd Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. Patricia Walrath (D-Stow)
Hudson Selectman Sonny Parente, pretty conservative. Had kickoff with Paul Cellucci.
37th Middlesex - Leaving: Rep. James (Jamie) Eldridge (D-Acton)
Eldridge is running for Senate for Pamela Resor's open seat. Curt Hayes, who ran as an Independent against Nikki Tsongas and Ogonowski in the recent Congressional race, is now running as a Republicans. He's not real solid on pro-family issues (from our memory) but what can we do?
4th Worcester - Leaving: Rep. Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Flanagan is leaving to run for Sen. Robert Antonioni's open seat. There's no Republican running so far, only 2 Democrats and an Independent.
9th Plymouth - Leaving: Thomas Kennedy (D-Brockton)
Kennedy is leaving to run for Robert Creedon's open senate seat. It's a very Democrat district and so far no Republican is running.
Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket - Leaving: Erik Turkington (D-Falmouth)
Turkington's decided to run for Register of Probate. Don't ask us why. Any way, there are lots of D's running to replace him, but no R's.
Senate "open" seats (5 senators NOT RUNNING for re-election)
Suffolk and Norfolk - Leaving: Sen. Marion Walsh (D-Boston)
There was speculation that Michael Rush would run for this, but he didn't bite. All lib democrats running - no Republican so far. We'd love to see Bob Joyce run again.
Worcester and Middlesex - Leaving: Sen. Robert Antonioni (D-Leominster)
Rep. Flanagan's running for this one (a lib Democrat). There's rumors of a Republican being recruited.
Second Worcester - Leaving: Sen. Edward Augustus (D-Worcester)
Republican John Lebeaux, who was a liberal Worcester City Councilor, is running along with two Democrats and an Independent.
Middlesex and Worcester - Leaving: Sen. Pamela Resor (D-Acton)
Republican Stephen Levi vs current Rep. Jamie Aldrich, a Democrat. Should be a good race. Levi is an at-large city councilor in Marlborough, which is the bigger part of the district. Aldrich very popular with radical libs.
Second Plymouth and Bristol - Leaving: Robert Creedon (D-Brockton)
Rep. Thomas Kennedy is running for this seat, a very liberal politician.
Other interesting & important races
Senate - Third Middlesex
Rematch between Sandi Martinez and Sen. Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln)
The Repubs putting in a lot effort into it this time. Good poll results so far.
Senate - Bristol and Norfolk
Sen. James Timilty (D-Walpole) is being challenged by Walpole attorney & town moderator Jon Rockwood.
Senate - Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex
Sen. Scott Brown is being challenged by a wacky lesbian activist, put up by the homosexual lobby to "punish" him for his pro-family votes. No problem. Sen. Brown will win again.
House - 12th Hampden
Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield), a huge turncoat on the marriage issue who had campaigned as a conservative, is being challenged by
Rich Howell. Rich is a long-time political activist and very sharp. Puppolo is being showered with money by the homosexual lobby.
House - 18th Essex
Left-wing Rep. Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover) is being challenged again by Republican
Lonnie Brennan. Lonnie is an incredibly hard worker and a great candidate. He did very well last time.
House - 2nd Franklin
Rep. Christopher J. Donelan (D-Orange) is being challenged again by Bob Parks. Bob ran for Chairman of the State Committee, and is well-liked by conservatives.
House - First Bristol
Rep. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield) is being challenged by 2 Democrats, probably with backing from the homo lobby. But this has been a Republican district for a long time -- and Jay's doing a good job -- so we think it will stay that way.
Rep. Paul Donato (D-Medford) is being challenged by a hand-picked candidate from the homosexual lobby because of his pro-marriage vote. Unfortunately, Donato has responded by caving in on a ton of other homosexual-related issues, including the Parents' Rights Bill and others. We don't think that will work for him, though.
House - 22nd Middlesex
Rep. William Greene (D-Billerica) is being challenged by 2 Democrats and an Independent. Hmmm. The homo lobby at work again because of his pro-marriage vote? We think he's safe.
House - 4th Norfolk
Rep. James Murphy (D-Weymouth) is being challenged again by
Bob Montgomery Thomas.