Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Primary season has officially started now that the five Republicans running for the November ballot opposite US Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Worcester) have turned their sights on each other.
The five candidates debated Tuesday night at North Attleboro High School, with both Marty Lamb and Michael Stopa each proclaiming themselves winners in the debate. This morning, Lamb sent a release alluding to an attack ad from Brian Herr’s campaign, writing, “I am very disappointed that one of my opponents is not adhering to Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment. It is more important that we focus our attention on the incumbent and his failing record. However, this attack clearly shows that I am the frontrunner.”
Lamb also got a shot in at Herr’s record, pointing out that “my opponent, while serving on the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen, raised property taxes.
“Unfortunately, he failed to keep taxes stagnant. They grew every year,” he said.
Until recently, the five Republican candidates’ campaigns have spent more time pointing out they’re not Jim McGovern; now they’re focusing on separating themselves from each other.
We’ve contacted Herr’s campaign for a copy of their “attack ad.” We’ll post more info when we get it.
Update: Herr’s comment was in regards to Lamb’s idea of tying the country’s spending to the rate of inflation. Herr’s remark was “only in politics can someone try and convince voters that increasing spending is the way we cut spending.”
He disagreed that the release was below the belt. “People challenge my ideas. People have different ideas. We’re never going to run negative or nasty ads, but we will challenge ideas that I do think will take us in the wrong direction.”