@edmarkey comes out swinging against @gomezforma #masen #mapoli

Less than a hour after news outlets had declared Markey and Gomez  the winners of tonight’s primary, the Markey campaign issued a blistering statement outlining their attack against the GOP nominee.

“Gabriel Gomez is a pro-life Republican who was the spokesman for a Super PAC that attacked President Obama over the killing of Osama bin Laden,” said Markey campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker. “He opposes an assault weapons ban, supports devastating cuts to Social Security, and while he’s running as a ‘businessman,’ he refuses to discuss the 16 years he spent in private equity. A vote for Gabriel Gomez is one more Republican vote against sensible gun laws, Social Security and a woman’s right to choose.

 

Statements from #masen candidates re: #Boston #Marathon bombings #mapoli

Ed Markey:

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:

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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.”

Geek out! Dan Winslow wants to know if Congress was an app would you download it?

Would be news if he didn’t: Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz endorses former Plymouth County DA Mike Sullivan. The Sullivan camp wants to make sure you didn’t miss this from Jack Fowler at National Review.

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?”

Lastly, since @Norsu2 keeps asking:

@edmarkey and @danwinslow have critical upper hand in GOTV effort #masen #mapoli

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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.

But ground game failure can often result in complete disaster, as Mitt Romney learned in 2012:

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.”

The Markey camp has staked everything on a boots on the ground GOTV model, highlighted by the camapign’s novel GOTV summit this Sunday to bring “together hundreds of Markey leaders from across the state to prepare for Get Out the Vote.

The Lynch camp is planning an olde fashioned “word of mouth” effort and declined to detail their GOTV strategy for this story.

Markey has also been significantly helped by the League of Conservation Voters which plans to spend $650,000 to knock 219,000 doors for Ed Markey.

It is a blueprint “local enforcer John Walsh” has used to get everyone from Deval Patrick (talented candidate) to Suzanne Bump (out classed candidate) elected.

Way back in February, WBUR explained the Lynch and Markey approaches:

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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.”

Eighteen days to go.

Man up? Dial up!

The @edmarkey and @lynchforsenate Fact Check Wars #mapoli #masen

Aside from the standard “my guy is right, your guy is wrong” tweets both the Markey and Lynch camps took additional steps to fact check the other prior to and during the debate last night.

Markey made the most impressive effort with separate “fact check” releases on issues ranging from economy, the VA, healthcare and the Keystone Pipeline. It was almost as if they divided their entire debate prep book into nine separate press releases. Some of the posts were so detailed, it could make opposition research all the more easier. Maybe too detailed, as it appears the Markey camp deleted most of those posts by this morning.

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@AndrewZucker is the @EdMarkey campaign press secretary.

The drop angered some reporters and Markey tweeps shot back:

Meanwhile, Conor Yunits of the Lynch camp launched a special twitter account @MASENFactCheck which also had some reporters questioning it.

The neither the bio of @MASENFactCheck or the 28 tweet timeline makes mention of the Lynch campaign connection: “Follow for #masen fact checks on all candidates in the 2013 Special Senate Primary & General Election” A voter reading just the timeline or bio of @MASENFactCheck would have no way of knowing the information was coming from the Lynch camp.

@ajjaffe of the @thehil asked this question:

@AndrewZucker of the Markey camp objected:

One Fine Day: @edmarkey skips Bay State for a Pleasant Valley Sunday in Bel Air #masen #mapoli

The Herald is reporting this morning that Ed Markey skipped the Bay State for the West Coast this weekend to attend a $2600 a head Bel Air fundraiser complete with music from the famed songwriter Carole King.

The Markey camp made no effort to publicize the high priced Hollywood hob knob, although several observant tweeps did ask where Markey was on this relatively warm weekend. The other four candidates for US Senate actively campaigned in Massachusetts Saturday and Sunday.

Alan Horn, Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, who hosted the time with his wife Cindy, sits on the board of directors of Univision. He previoulsy worked at 20th Century Fox and co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment.

The invite was posted on politicalpartytime.org a website dedicated to posting political fundraising invites “as a public service in the interest of creating more transparency about the relationships between lawmakers and the people who try to influence them.”

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The Sun Chronicle tweet was retweeted by @gatelywire, @IAMMGraham and @instapundit.

No word if King, one of the most prolific and famed song writers of the 20th Century performed this Monkees hit which she wrote with then husband Gerry Goffin.

or this Chiffons classic:

AUDIO: @lynchforsenate had a good day, but @edmarkey still the one to beat #masen #mapoli

#GOP #masen candidates dodge, equivocate on #Iraq #War #mapoli

Reading from the statements of all five Massachusetts candidates yesterday regarding the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War you’d be hard pressed to find an outward declaration of support for the war.

Both Markey and Lynch voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution, even though the Democratic caucus voted against the resolution 81-126 and given the past ten years it would be hard to believe they (especially Markey) would make the same choice again. How progressives square their support for Markey on this count, I’ll never understand.

What about the Republicans?

Each issued statements on the war today and each purposely avoided a direct question posed by email: would you have voted for or against the Authorization of Military Force in Iraq.

Gomez, the former Navy Seal, offered a simple brief statement “honoring the sacrifice of the 62 who gave their lives from Massachusetts”. His campaign declined further comment. Less is more, as all candidates attempted to avoid politicization of the issue on the anniversary.

Winslow issued a decidedly hawkish comment: “There is no doubt that the world is a better and safer place with the end of this dangerous dictator who was an exporter of terrorism.” Not hard to conclude where he stands or would have stood, even though he still dodged the question. The Republican caucus went 215-6 in favor of the resolution.

But it was the Sullivan statement that strikes me as an equivocation: “Sullivan supported the goal of helping to build a free Iraq”.

He supported? As in in the past tense? What is his position now? Does he believe the the Iraq War a mistake?”

So I asked Sullivan spokesperson Lisa Barstow to clarify: “The statement speaks for itself. Not saying he would have voted for it, not saying he would have voted against it”. So why issue a statement that touches at all on your prior position? Why not go all Gomez and say very little?

I can’t true that up with the official comment, “Sullivan supported the goal”, that statement carries the very implication that Sullivan would have voted yes in 2002, but now thinks differently.

At least three times now, Sullivan has shifted when pressed on big issues.

The first instance came as a result of the Walsh ambush on same sex marriage, the second came last week on abortion (covered well by Adam Reilly) and now the Iraq War.

That is a disturbing trend to see in any candidate.

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The full candidate statements.

Gomez:
“The country owes the deepest debt of gratitude to the courageous servicemen and women who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom to protect our liberty. What we should be doing today is honoring the sacrifice of the 62 who gave their lives from Massachusetts in this conflict. It is now our responsibility to ensure that our returning veterans have the job opportunities, training and treatment they deserve.”

Sullivan:
Mike Sullivan supported the goal of helping to build a free Iraq that would respect the human rights of its people and create a more peaceful and secure Middle East — benefiting not only that region but the world.

The cost to America has been significant and personal — 4,600 American lives and many more wounded warriors who deserve our ongoing support. And an American taxpayer investment approaching $1 trillion to build a new, more stable region, which serves to honor the sacrifice of our men and women for generations to come.

Mike takes war and the sacrifice of our servicemen and women very seriously. Mike has traveled to Baghdad and witnessed first-hand the faces of our nation’s patriots. His daughter Kelly presently serves in the Army National Guard and his father and father-in-law both have served. Mike and his wife understand the gravity of the sacrifice of not only the men and women in uniform but also their families.

Even during challenging economic times, Mike is committed to ensuring our military men and women have the right training, equipment and support to execute their dangerous missions successfully, and as safely and quickly as possible so they can return home to their loved ones.

Today’s explosion killing seven Marines in a training operation further underscores the dangers and heroism our men and women in uniform undertake to keep America secure. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families on this sad and consequential day.

Winslow:
“Every man and woman who served our Nation in Iraq, especially those who lost their lives or who were injured, deserves our eternal admiration and appreciation. They ended the reign of Saddam Hussein who was a destabilizing presence in the Middle East. There is no doubt that the world is a better and safer place with the end of this dangerous dictator who was an exporter of terrorism and who no longer controls one of the most important countries in that region.”

#masen wrap-up in tweets #mapoli