Unions May Be Key to U.S. Senate Race

As debate schedules are set and signatures collected, campaigns are in full swing


It was another busy week in the race for U.S. Senate last week as we start counting down the weeks to the April 30 Primary.

As of Wednesday, two Democrats and three Republicans filed the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate. On the Democrat side we have U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch. So far for Republicans, it’s former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk). All five submitted more than the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to appear on the April 30 Primary ballot. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures.

The five are all vying for the seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State back in December.

Democrats Agree on Debate Schedule

Markey (D-Malden) and Lynch (D-South Boston) agreed to participate in six debates between now and the April 30 primary. Three will be general format and three will focus on jobs, domestic issues and foreign policy. The debates will be spread out and are scheduled to be held in Lowell, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. The location of the sixth debate is yet to be determined.

Endorsements Pouring in, Unions Could be Key to Democratic Race

Both democratic candidates picked up some key endorsements last week. With two candidates who are both pro-labor, Lynch and Markey are expected to split the labor vote in the democratic primary, and true to that both picked up key labor endorsements, as well.

Mass.live reported this week that although the unions don’t make up a large percentage of the voting population, they can be major contributors when it comes down to fundraising and manpower.

Earlier in the week Lynch was endorsed by the The Massachusetts Nurses Association /National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the Commonwealth.

Lynch also received the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts,

Markey picked up the endorsement of the AFSCME Council 93. The organization represents more than 35,000 Massachusetts state, county and municipal workers.

He was also endorsed this week by NARAL Pro-Choice America’s political action committee.  

On the Republican side, Gomez gained support from Central Massachusetts’ Republican State Committee members Brent Andersen and Mindy McKenzie-Hebert when he kicked off his campaign last week. According to mass.live, the two issued a joint statement in support of Gomez.

On the Road Again -

Candidates continued to crisscross the state last week as their campaigns went into full swing.

Markey made stops last week in Belmont, Newton, Brighton, Taunton and Hyannis.

Lynch made the rounds on the North Shore that included stops in Lynn, Peabody and Salem.

The last day for residents to register to vote in the April 30 primary is April 10.

Dave March 08, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Well MetLife is still moving jobs from pro-Union states to Right to work state.
Dave March 08, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Well MetLife is still moving jobs from pro-Union states to" Right to work states"
quasimodo March 08, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Rob, Do you live in NH? If so, I agree that you made a good choice based on your priorities. But if you do not live there, what's holding you back in Taxashusetts?
Tyler Jozefowicz March 08, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Ron: " ... just pointing out false and misleading statements." Raising so-called "inaccuracies". Those were your words. You were'nt giving me the benefit of any doubt. You tried to backtrack, create the appearance of " inference",and it backfired. I'm not making this up , man. No big deal. Life goes on. Shalom.
Anna Bucciarelli March 08, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I don't need to be reminded (again) ... I know well what the essence of this blog is supposed to be about unions and my discussion re: the filibuster was commensurate with comments on 3/17 by various individuals. Many topics, other than unions have been brought up here, I am not alone in discussing other topics, current or otherwise, from religion to real estate, to taxes, to neighbors, to social security, to medicare, to teachers, and on and on and on. No need to scold me for doing what others take liberty in doing.
Rob Carey March 08, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Right now I live in MA. I would rather live in NH but the company I work for is in MA, they are curently considering moving to Nashua from Chelmsford so I may be going up to NH. For taxes it doesnt make much sence to live in NH and work in MA. MA takes your income tax and then you have to the higher property tax.
Ron Powell March 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Oh he gets it. There is no way that he is truly that dense so as to believe that the whole of the argument comes down to whether he wrote "property" or "income." He knows full well what he is doing, but he's getting paid not to "get it."
Anna Bucciarelli March 08, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Problem is that he blew a whistle on Obama in Afghanistan as well and that's why he's facing prison ... double standard for sure.
Banks Snodgrass March 08, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I'm not sure it has anything at all to do with right-to-work/unions. The state and local governments have offered MetLife around $100 million in grants/perks. The Republicans are buying jobs with tax dollars so they can look good on jobs creation reports in NC.
Rob Carey March 08, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I think it has more to do with doing business in a business friendly state. Dont make it a republican only thing, how has all that money handed out by MA and the Feds to “Green Energy” companies work out? How many billions have we thrown out the window on that mess. Before you pile on me, as far as I'm concerned, NO business should get any tax incentives or cash handouts from state, local or federal government. A company should set up shop wherever they feel that they will get the best workers at the best price, not where they get the best freebies from the government. If a company has a good idea for a product then they wont need any help from the govt to do it. If the idea does not draw private money then it is probably not a good idea to start with.
Joe Greene March 08, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Smart business decision - following in the footsteps of IBM, BMW, Boeing, Toyota, etc. in locating in right-to-work states. A move to NC from MA would have the net effect of increasing my personal disposal income more than 11%, even at the lower pay scale. Good for the company, good for the employee. The few industries that remain viable in Massachusetts are those with large margins - pharma, biomedical, insurance, finance, etc. But I'm sure our senior senator is working hard to ensure those millionaires and billionaires at Fidelity, John Hancock, BioGen, etc. no longer hammer the middle class with their obscene profits.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 08, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Rob C: the topic was unions . Too bad it got off subject into a never ending discussion about attributes of two neighboring states. Suffice it to say that I see amenities here that are not present there. Property taxes for NH are one of the highest in the country. Your town comparison is not dispositive in the least.That is not me talking. Yes, there are offsets. There are population differences ,amenities, demographics, income strata differences. There are municipal taxes, education taxes, meals taxes , toll roads in NH as well, etc. Final point and i'll give it a rest. I get value for my taxes. I like it here. Your last two paragraphs are way off the wall with the free stuff, welfare, free place on the beach , waste because of unions, hand out money, MA brags about it, etc., and picking an example or two does not prove the point. Disagree with all of it and can defend the accusations, but I'm not going round and round . I have heard it many times before. Often times it goes undefended , so the myths , in my opinion , persist. Most people I know from NH live there but work here because they make more money , sales tax included.
Rob Carey March 08, 2013 at 11:11 PM
My part about a wealthy persons relative is off the wall? Google Obama's Aunt Zeituni, that’s right, your hero is allowing his Aunt to live off the taxpayers when he could well afford to take care of her. She is a prime example of fraud in the system in MA. What about the 19,000 people still getting money direct deposited into their accounts from MA government but don’t have an address in the state. There is far too much corruption in this state when it comes to welfare. To bring it back to unions, NH does not bend over backwards for unions like MA does. The prevailing wage law is strictly on the books to favor unions, block out smaller companies from doing jobs and drive up the cost for everything. Road construction is a prime example, NH the work is done at half the cost per mile of MA (US DOT statistic) and the roads last many times longer than MA. But to believe the hype, if you want a job done right, it has to be done by union labor. NH roads disprove that theory, don’t believe me drive any road into NH, your suspension will thank you the second you cross the border. NH does not bend over for the police unions and have it written into the contracts that a private company doing anything near a road has to pay them overtime to sleep in their car while the work is being done. While the rest of the world just puts up a flashing light and a few road cones, MA requires a cop. This extra labor cost adds to everything in Ma. Public sector unions are destroying MA.
Jim Stratton March 08, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Thank you.
Ron Powell March 08, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I thought it was a story about the Massachusetts race for U.S. Senate.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 08, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Ron Powell: talking about me again? You got yourself in a jam with semantics. Sound like the type of person that would lie their way to the top. Give it up and get a life. No shame in trying to weasel your way around the terminology. It's just that you got caught. So next step, disparage the other person. You're not worth the time at this point.
x March 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Rob said, "Public sector unions are destroying Massachusetts." You speak the truth. But it is happening so slowly that few are aware. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Anna Bucciarelli March 09, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Correct Ron ... 'Unions may be key to U.S Senate Race" ... but so many subjects, lots off topic, have arisen here it's hard not to make comments in response. But, you know, it's a bit much now, lots of repetition, a good bit of sparring, and since I can't boast a bit of knowledge on the main topic and get so sidetracked by what some say, I would think Andrew (listening, Andy boy?) would retire this whole post. No one, I think, has even addressed the Senate race ... I've lost track.
Ron Powell March 09, 2013 at 12:03 AM
No I beg your pardon I did not. You tried to make a point by being intellectually dishonest. I called out your dishonesty. The sum of your attempts to date have been to try and justify your dishonesty. You were hoping that readers would confuse property taxes with total tax burden, and thereby discredit Rob. It didn't work out for you. Since you are a paid propagandist, I don't expect you to see how you were dishonest, but I do want to help others. And now you are attempting to obfuscate this fact by starting a tangential fight -- another tactic of a paid propagandist. But you have been sufficiently discredited for your intellectual dishonesty.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 09, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Jesus once said that all Republicans were ruining Massachusetts. He raiseth his hand and cast them out. Time to turn the water into wine. I understand that socialist NH owns and operates , employs workers in the liquor stores, and uses taxpayer money to do all this, once you get by the toll roads, and the 9% meals tax. the Lord works in strangw ways.
Banks Snodgrass March 09, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Rob C. -- I agree. However, Green Energy research is like cancer research; you know most of the work is going to fail and that's OK. All you need is one scientist somewhere to figure it out. Oil and natural gas are running out -- maybe 50 years for oil (best case). If we don't find a replacement we are sooooo screwed.
Rob Carey March 09, 2013 at 12:34 AM
I'm pretty sure that the money collected from the sale of all the liquor in those stores pays for the employees to sell it. Unlike MA, NH probably believes in turning a profit and probably makes money from those stores. Just a hunch though. As for toll roads, ever hear of the mass pike or the Boston tunnels. Those are toll roads also. By the way thanks to the public unions, MA has the worst financially run toll road system in the country. 9 percent meals tax is not bad, how often do you eat out. Ever eat out in Boston? 13.25 percent meals tax there. (state sales plus 7 to the city)
Rob Carey March 09, 2013 at 12:49 AM
How much cash did Deval give to evergreen in Devens? That was for manufacture, not research. And most employees were probably from NH. I stand by my statement that government should not give money to companies. The company that finds the cure for our energy problems will make a fortune and its investors will also make a fortune.. They will all be taxed on that fortune Fine by me. If government invests, we give them money for research, when they find the solution they make a fortune, the government gets stiffed on all the money they have invested, the company has many tax breaks and pays nothing and they then manufacture the product in China further screwing the government and the US workers. So where again is the advantage to government investing in private enterprise?
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Joe Greene March 09, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Markey and Lynch epitomize this incestuous relationship. Their votes for open ballot (card check), Davis-Bacon, Obamacare, etc. serve to their reelection, not to the taxpayers. Public unions are not moral, ethical, or intellectual in their basis - it's purely political. And it's worked so well that California's pension costs soared 2000% in a decade. Markey or Lynch will see to it that Massachusetts follows that path to ruin with the help of AFSCME, MTA, et. al.
Banks Snodgrass March 09, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Rob C. -- I think you're right!
Ron Powell March 09, 2013 at 01:16 PM
On this one, Tyler is right. NH meals tax is 9%. In Boston, there is a 0.75% meals tax option on top of the state's 6.25% sales tax. So, meals are taxed at a higher rate in NH than they are MA. But again, if you are comparing the cost and benefits of moving to NH, it is the total amount of taxes that you pay that matters, and that amount is higher in MA.
paul surette March 09, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Jamaal, I don't care about your alleged Indian heritage to be honest. Why is it these days, folks have a tendency to WANT to be native American, or be affiliated with them, when clearly, their ancestors originated from another continent? Hi, my name is Miles O'Brien, but my clan calls me Chief Shining Eagle. Give me a break, please. Like I said before, if you're an illegal, then sign the guest book, get to the back of the line, and wait your turn! PERIOD!
paul surette March 09, 2013 at 01:44 PM
So what is it, Jamaal? Are your 'cousins' Indian, or Latinos? Make up your mind!
paul surette March 09, 2013 at 01:49 PM
That's right, Anne. Just like what happened to Scooter Libby as he took the fall for leaking the info about the former CIA agent's identity. Someone (usually not the culprit) takes the fall. Look at what happened to Jim & Susan McDougall. The guy died in prison at the hands of the Clintons!


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