Regardless, on Sunday The Sun took a swipe at Lawyer Raymond Weicker by describing his City Council race in 2009 as abysmal.
It seems to me that if we have more than a dozen or so candidates someone is going to look like their performance was pretty bad. I know that feeling having been trounced, in the past, by Rep David Nangle. But, does democracy not demand that we provide alternatives for the voters? Should not the paper of record for Lowell be encouraging people to run? Let us review the situation here in Lowell as of this Blog Post.
- We have a Republican (several, actually) running against Rep Tsongas—Good.♠
- We have a Republican running for the vacating State Senate Seat—Good.
- We have no Republican who turned in signatures to run for the Governor's Counsel Seat—Bad.
- We have no one who turned in signatures, Democrat or Republican, to run against State Rep Tom Golden—Bad.
- We have no one who turned in signatures, Democrat or Republican, to run against State Rep Kevin Murphy—Bad.
- We have no one who turned in signatures, Democrat or Republican, to run against State Rep David Nangle—Bad.
Where does The Sun stand on this issue? Do they wish to have more candidates, wish to foster greater democracy in the Commonwealth, wish to see new ideas on Beacon Hill? Or do they like the status quo? I will send a copy of this to Mr Campanini and ask for his opinion.
And what about the Republicans? Shouldn't they be running candidate school all year long, sifting for candidates?
UPDATE: Joe Smith wrote to point out to me that it is Kevin Murphy and not Kevin McCarthy. I wonder where that "McCarthy" thing came from and I apologize to Rep Murphy. Is Pat McCarthy trying to do mind-meld from the Highlands?
Regards — Cliff
♠ Note well than none of the candidates against Ms Tsongas are from Lowell.