@massdems hedge bets attack both @mikesullivanma and @gomezforma #masen #mapoli


In the biggest development of the day, the Massachusetts Democratic Party attacked Gomez for the first time painting him as a Romney-like figure and taunting former top Romney aide and Gomez supporter Eric Fehrnstrom with a reference to Fehrnstrom’s infamous Etch A Sketch comment.

The attack confirms a Gomez camp assertion that the Cohasset businessman is becoming a significant contender for the GOP nomination and gave a glimpse to how the Democrats might craft a Romney-Gomez campaign against the newcomer. The Democrats made no mention of Winslow in their statement today.

The Democratic Party has been crossing party lines attacking the presumed front runner Mike Sullivan for months now and established a website and a twitter handle linking Sullivan to the Tea Party.


@gomezforma blasts Obamacare exception for Congress, @mikesullivanma “welcomes” Gomez opposition to Obama #masen #mapoli

Gabriel Gomez laid himself so wide open to attack from the right on the issue of his support for Obama in 2008 that even the surprisingly sluggish Sullivan camp took advantage of the Gomez gaffe.

It all started this morning when Gomez picked up on a politico story that Congress might be close to a deal excepting themselves and staff from the most costly provisions of Obamacare.

“It seems when Washington politicians finally got around to reading the fine print in Obamacare they didn’t like the costs that it put on themselves and their staff. Now these congressional hypocrites are scheming of ways to exempt themselves from paying for Obamacare – and having taxpayers foot the bill.

In response Sullivan “welcomed Obama supporter Gabriel Gomez” in rejecting the Congressional Obamacare exception.

Sullivan, “My opponent, Gabriel Gomez, who supported President Obama in 2008, has now announced his opposition to this hypocritical exemption for our nation’s leaders. I welcome him, although I would have welcomed him in opposing Barack Obama back in 2008 so that we wouldn’t be facing imposition of Obamacare on anyone today, Gomez said.”

“If our elected officials want to exempt themselves from Obamacare, I have an idea: why don’t they exempt every American from Obamacare while they’re at it,” said Sullivan.

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:

#masen afternoon update #mapoli

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










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!

@mikesullivanma hires new comm team #mapoli #masen

Sullivan has hired Brown 2010 vet Alicia Preston as Comm Dir and Kaitlyn Smith as Press Secretary. 

Sullivan quote:

“I am very excited to have Alicia and Kaitlyn join our team. I know their experience and energy will help to spread our message of shared conviction and common concerns,” Sullivan said.  “Too many people in the Commonwealth and across this country are struggling.  Regardless of  party politics, we all know Washington needs to be more fiscally responsible and we need to get people back to work.  To have the chance to do that, we need to make sure the people of Massachusetts hear our ideas and engage in a discussion with me and our campaign.  Alicia and Kaitlyn know that we need to use every form of modern and traditional communications available to us and I am excited to work with them on this great endeavor.” 

Tea Party activist @LloydMarcus in #Boston to make TV spot in support of @mikesullivanma #masen #mapoli

Update: This is not an April Fools Joke (as far as I know).

Ed Markey has got Tom Steyer and his bi-planes, Mike Sullivan has got Lloyd Marcus and the Tea Party.

Its a US Senate special election, everyone come on down!

According to his latest blog post Marcus is seeking Mike Sullivan supporters to be in a TV spot Tuesday afternoon funded by the Conservative Campaign Committee.

Here is a slice of Mr. Marcus from his Saturday blog post:

Dear Patriots From Lloyd Marcus

I am in a hotel room in Boston. My team, Conservative Campaign Committee, is here filming a TV ad to help conservative candidate Michael Sullivan in Massachusetts.

I just returned from dinner. Checking my email and listening to a recap of the Rush Limbaugh radio show, I find myself fighting a deep sadness for my country. At every turn, it appears the Left is winning the battle for our culture, moving toward the end of America as we know it.

Consideration of God in cultural matters is deemed ignorant – laughable. Morality is now called intolerance. Remarkably, our kids are taught in elementary school that no sex is wrong and only sex which leads to pregnancy is unsafe. Sex Ed includes teaching kids to masturbate with mirrors to introduce them to sexuality. Government funded sexual indoctrination that no sex is wrong begins in kindergarten.

And a sample video from the Conservative Campaign Committee PAC which also owns the campaigntodefeatobama.com