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I worked the Sean Bielat campaign against Barney Frank in 2010. The Tea Party did a fantastic job against all odds to provide Sean with the funding to run a good campaign and provide the name recognition in the District to get him a good shot this time around. He is going to need money, and a lot of it.
The Kennedy Machine is financially polishing Joe Junior's Silver Spoon heavily. And you can bet some of that funding comes directly from his dear ole' Daddy's best bud and supplier of Oil to his "Citizens Energy Corporation", Hugo Chavez.
If you have a few bucks, the State of Massachusetts could use a Republican, Marine Veteran (Major) and businessman in Congress.
What RIM fails to recognize, or more likely just won't admit, is this isn't Michael Duakis's Tax-a-chusetts anymore. Democrats don't have the "STRONG HOLD" they once had.
Haven't for sometime now.
2008 saw a temporary resurgence on Obama's coat tails............but in the end the State is full of citizens who know they were doing REALLY well in the Bill Weld through Mitt Romney time period of Republican Governors.
Now that the long held seat, old guard Democrat representation in Washington have either died (Ted) or retired (Bawney) the match up between a new Republican vs new Democrat isn't etched in stone and often is gonna fall the way of Republicans....
I don't live in Mass but do own a summer/retirement home there............ spend enough time there talking with people to have seen and heard the change in attitudes first hand over the last 20 years.
I hope the combination of the utter failure of Obama and the continued failures in Europe expose the liberal agenda for what it is. If people can see it and understand it, then we can slowly turn this nation from that future. The GOP doesn't hold the answer, but we need to start moving right somewhere.
Sean Bielat: Joe Kennedy III falls short of ‘myth’
By Hillary Chabot
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 -
Republican congressional hopeful Sean Bielat is touting a 20-point jump in an internal campaign poll that shows he can beat the Kennedy dynasty so long as he focuses on showing voters his rival is “more of a man and less of a myth.”
Bielat is taking his second consecutive run at the 4th Congressional District seat — this time against Camelot grandson Joseph P. Kennedy III.
“The Kennedy name has high recognition in the district, but there has been a sharp deterioration in Kennedy numbers,” said Bielat, who hired the well-known conservative pollsters On Message to survey 456 likely voters in the district. “I can’t see how he does anything but go down from here as he becomes more of a man and less of a myth.”
The 20-point shift occurred last month after a University of Massachusetts Lowell/Boston Herald poll showed Kennedy trouncing Bielat 60 percent to 28 percent in February. The surge still leaves the Brookline native roughly 12 points behind Kennedy.
Bielat’s campaign, which detailed its poll numbers but declined to share a full copy of the poll, said his strategy would focus on wooing independent voters in more conservative communities added to the district in the legislative redistricting this year. Bielat said that includes towns such as Hopkinton and Bellingham.
“Where the most independent votes are and where people are open to hearing our argument, that’s where we go after,” said Bielat.
The campaign also said U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has a 10 percent advantage over Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren in the new 4th Congressional District, according to the internal poll.
But the internal poll indicated another sure way to beat Kennedy — get him to change his name.
“When you take Kennedy’s name out of the equation he falls short, so this idea that he’s running on something other than his name isn’t supported,” said Bielat, who pointed out that Kennedy has been saying he’s not running on his name.
Given a description of the candidates’ qualifications, 57 percent of those polled supported Bielat, while 29 supported Kennedy.
The UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll, however, indicated that 56 percent of registered voters polled said the Kennedy name didn’t influence their vote.
John C. Berg, a political science professor at Suffolk University, said while the 20-point gain is impressive, Bielat still has an uphill climb.
“The one thing about Joe Kennedy is he’s known — he’s going to start out strong. Bielat should be able to make up some, but whether that means he can keep on doing that and get the majority is another question,” said Berg
Well there was a poll at the start that showed young Kennedy up with 60+. Now another wild swing. I wish polls had more meaning in a limited sample like that but I'm not sold either way.
Still and all, having a choice to elect Scott Brown (for all his faults) and a Republican in Barney's old district, takes the sting off the fact that voting Republican in the Presidential column means absolutely nothing in this benighted state!
It helps to understand the Liberal definition of "inexperienced"
It means "no track record of pandering to politically protected groups (voters) and furthering the Liberal Agenda by destroying the United States as it has been and rebuilding it in the image of the Utopian Statist"