Yesterday Winslow took a shot a VP Joe Biden for calling the Marathon bombers “knock-off Jihadists” and he wants the Anti-Sedition Laws used against Jihad in the U.S.
“These weren’t knock-off Jihadist, these were real: this is the face of Jihad in the United States and this is a continuing threat.”
“Jihad is sedition and from now on we ought to treat with the same seriousness that we would treat a threat to the President,” said Winslow. “Even a threat to the President made in jest, will immediately result in a law enforcement response, and we need to treat threats made against the people with the same seriousness of purpose as threats made to the President.”
“Jihad is the language of hate and violence. It is a cancer that has radicalized these bombers and others and must be eradicated. We should treat Jihadist statements as acts of sedition and investigate and prosecute such conduct to protect Americans from further attack.”
Dan Winslow: “My heart goes out to all those injured at today’s Boston Marathon. My prayers will be with all those affected by this tragedy. I have ordered my campaign to suspend all activities until further notice.”
Stephen Lynch: “I am terribly saddened by today’s news. Right now we need to let the trained emergency personnel do their jobs to ensure that there are no other threats, and that we can get a better sense of what happened. No matter who or what is responsible, this is a terrible tragedy for our city and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been injured today.”
Mike Sullivan: “Our hearts and prayers are with those injured in today’s horrific explosion during the Boston Marathon and the families of all concerned. I am confident in the combined efforts of the FBI, Boston Police Department, State Police and ATF, in their investigation into these explosions, that sadly have occurred on Patriot’s Day–a day with much local and national symbolism. While the causes of these explosions have not yet been determined, if not accidental, I know these agencies and others will identify those responsible for these horrific and cowardly acts of violence and hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. May we together as citizens of the Commonwealth and across this nation pray for all effected by this terrible event.”
Gabriel Gomez who ran the Boston Marathon today:
Thoughts and prayers to all the runners, families and spectators at the Marathon today – keep safe and keep those hurt in your prayers.
Gomez has placed $233,000 of television ads and hopes to add another $100K in the next two weeks. The Gomez camp thinks “Gabriel is in great position to win this thing, if he survives the Boston Marathon on Monday.”
Not exactly prime time. Nothing new from Markey, but I’m told he’ll be live in-studio tonight at 10PM on Dan Rea, WBZ-Radio 1030.
Odd timing? After I posted this GOTV piece in the morning, Sullivan announced by lunchtime that he added Desiree Awiszio as his campaign’s Deputy Campaign Manager for Field Operations. Recently, Awiszio served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Marty Lamb for Congress.
Lynch hits Merricmack Valley Saturday with stops in Lawrence, Dracut, Chelmsford, Lowell, Haverhill and slugs it out with two-time WBA heavyweight champ John Ruiz in Medford. What no Micky Ward? Update: Lynch camp amended schedule drops Medford stop with Ruiz.
The Winslow camp is pushing this video from the debate Wednesday. They want to know if Sullivan won’t answer “because He Is Currently Being Paid By The Gun Lobby?”
While high profile debates and low flying bi-planes grab our attention, the fate of each US Senate campaign now rests in a little known and rarely covered realm of politics, get out the vote or GOTV.
Getting out your vote, starts first with identifying your vote, a process that can easily take several weeks for a special election and in a regularly scheduled election it takes months of preparation and grunt work leading up to the big day.
So it was ominous sign for the Gomez camp Wednesday when a staffer sent out an email declaring that they had “just got in our first batch of phones and are looking to fill some call shifts…As you can imagine, in this shortened primary season, it is even more important to get calls done and ID voters to come out and vote for Gabriel.”
Campaigns often ignore GOTV tasks for more glorious pursuits that staffers [and reporters] no doubt find more intellectually stimulating, glamorous or just plain easier. Hard to see the fun in door knocking on a cold damp March day.
If they’ve been working the phones and doors, as Scott Brown did in 2010, camps should have identified by now a core base of voters highly committed to their candidate on April 30th.
Markey Press Secretary, Andrew Zucker, says the camp has “built the strongest grassroots operation in this state, recruiting more than 5,000 volunteers who have held more than 2,000 voter contact events.”
In a low turnout special election every volunteer hour wasted holding signs is an hour not spent on direct voter contact. Stand outs have a low rate of return, when the special election audience is so small.
On the GOP side, with even a smaller voter pool the race is tougher to read than a Nantucket fog, but one thing is clear the Winslow camp, like Markey, has invested significant resources on GOTV having knocked 6,000 doors and connected 50,000 calls to likely GOP voters.
According to Winslow Communications Director Charlie Pearce, Winslow is the only candidate “in the GOP primary to make a significant investment in a solid ground game. In a campaign that is likely to have only around 200,000 voters this is going to matter. By Election Day we will have personally contacted every likely voter in this state. That will be the difference in our margin of victory.”
Since GOP voters tend to live in suburban neighborhoods phone banking is a more practical direct voter contact tool.
And while the Gomez camp is just now installing phones to conduct voter identification, Alicia Preston of the Sullivan camp said they’ve “knocked on thousands of doors, made thousands of calls, and are very excited with the response we have received.”
“If you are a registered Democrat, please change your registration for this primary. It is simple! Just send a note to your town or city clerk,” the MCLF blog notes. “The next step is to be sure Michael wins the Republican primary.”
Operation Chaos was a 2008 effort by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh “to cause chaos in the Democratic Party primaries by encouraging Republican voters to either cross over or change parties in order to vote for whichever candidate is trailing, thus prolonging the primary process.”
How MCLF sees the candidates
Ed Markey is proud of having been “pro-choice” for many years. Stephen Lynch says he is “pro-life” but has received 0% or 10% from National Right to Life for his voting record each of the last six years.
Both Democrat candidates say they would vote against a nominee for Supreme Court Justice (or any other judge) who is opposed to Roe v Wade – a litmus test which is unacceptable.
In the Republican Primary: Michael Sullivan has no such litmus test. He is the only candidate who takes pro-life positions on funding, parental consent, and partial birth abortion. Gabriel Gomez says he is “pro-life” but would not vote to change any abortion laws. Dan Winslow brags about being the only candidate who has always been “pro-choice”
If you were looking for a new kind of Republican look no further than Dan Winslow. In his quest for the GOP nod in the US Senate race Winslow has proven to be an out of the box thinker, but is he also outside the bounds of the GOP?
Tuesday he told to Janet Wu that Republicans can’t “continue to send basically gifts to the democrats in the form of culture wars, for general elections, then the democrats will continue to beat us and we’ll deserve to lose.”
Wednesday, he told Alison King of NECN: “If you like the Republican Party’s national brand that’s lost five of the last six elections in the popular vote, vote for my opponents.”
“I’m going beyond what Elizabeth Warren has said in terms of tax loopholes. Unless there is some measurable benefit for all Americans, I’m against it. Because that means it is just a special interest fat cat loophole.”
Winslow in his statement: “If elected to the United States Senate I will close the loopholes, simplify the tax code, and reduce the marginal tax rate on all businesses. We need to cut the pork out of the federal tax code.”
Loopholes. Some Republicans reject that language outright, as it seems to imply that the default state of property and income is to be taxed.
Others do not, as Winslow points out, the Republican National Committee’s Growth Opportunity Report released Monday states: “We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. We should speak out when a company liquidates itself and its executives receive bonuses but rank-and-file workers are left unemployed. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years.”
Winslow would like the following “corporate welfare tax subsidies that do not benefit all Americans” reviewed:
-$7 billion a year in tax subsidies to oil and gas companies
-$300 million a year in corporate jet tax write offs
-Billions each year in tax subsidies for what started as farming tax breaks but is now being cross applied to art collectors, rental truck fleets, and thoroughbred racehorses
-$12.2 billion in wind-farm tax credits
-$430 million dollar tax break for Hollywood films made within the US
-$331 million in railroad tax credits
-$120 million dollar tax credit to Whirlpool to produce energy efficient appliances (after $1.2 million was spent on lobbying in 2011/2012)
-$80 million in subsidies to the owners of NASCAR racetracks
-$50 million for golf course owners
And other provivisions of his plan:
Reduce the marginal tax rate on all businesses from 35% to 26% to start, which is recommended by the Simpson Bowles Commission
-Simplify the tax code so that small businesses can save money on the process of filing.
-Mandate that all future tax subsidies added to the code be treated like spending earmarks and would require a member to sponsor them and attach their name to the proposed tax code changes.
-Immediate deposit by the IRS of tax payments from individuals and business.