“Silly season” in local politics

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

It’s a term we’ve heard the president say often: “silly season,” in regards to inexplicable attacks and questionable decision-making. As there’s less than a week before the state, county and local primaries, we’re getting our own dose of it. (Of course, the rebuttal would be that silly season never ends in politics.)

Let’s start with auditor candidate Guy Glodis. In today’s print Worcesteria we comment on the idea that Democrats are now equating unions with “special interests” and thought that Glodis might take exception to that: he has over 30 union endorsements on his website for just this race alone.

Turns out, as the Telegram reports today, Glodis skipped an auditor candidate debate with his two Democratic challengers Mike Lake and Suzanne Bump because of an “incident” at the county jail. It turned out that the incident was actually at an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union meeting in Auburn, who Glodis was especially interested in talking to.

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In the 3rd congressional race, Brian Herr has been the lighting rod recently for attacks over late-filed personal disclosure forms (something he’s written off as “not a big deal” and only “one missed deadline”–both of which aren’t the case). But yesterday he attacked Lamb for his own FEC violations with the cleverly titled release “Before you throw out an attack, make sure it is not shaped like a boomerang.” (Which is actually a Marty Lamb quote.)

Herr charges that Lamb failed to timely report when his campaign earned $5,000, among other claims of not having his papers signed by an unauthorized campaign treasurer and other violations relating to his Quarter 1 finances.

Lamb fired back that this was a cheap shot because Herr sent his release near sundown on Rosh Hashana, when Lamb would be celebrating with family, and said his own FEC violations were minor and “apples to oranges” when contrasted with Herr’s. Lamb correctly points out that we still haven’t seen Herr’s personal disclosure form.

(A quick note about this. To some the personal finance disclosure form might sound just like small potatoes, but the form is used to determine if a candidate/politician’s policies would impact their personal assets.)

Michael Stopa needs to get a release out ASAP.

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Karyn Polito’s treasurer campaign has also been bombarding everyone they can with her recent endorsements from Scott Brown, Mitt Romney and now former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani. An interesting tid-bit for you: in the 2008 election campaign Romney called other former MA governor Paul Cellucci for his endorsement. Days later, Cellucci publicly endorsed Guiliani for president. Cellucci has also endorsed Polito’s campaign, so there’s probably some awkwardness if the three are ever in a room together. (A couple months ago Romney last-minute backed out of a joint conference between him and Cellucci to endorse Polito.) Still, for Polito, getting Guiliani involved is some accomplishment, as so few of Massachusetts’ registered voters are Republicans and Guiliani has trended well with independent voters on the national scene (interestingly though, not well among Republicans). You could also make the point that Guiliani is a New Yorker, so who really cares who he endorses up here.

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