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October 31, 2012

Please consider voting for Martin Burke for State Rep

by at 6:55 pm.

This past weekend I decided to vote for Martin Burke for State Rep (17th Middlesex, So. Lowell and Belvidere). Burke is the Republican candidate running against incumbent and Scott Brown’s new best friend, David Nangle, a member of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

I had been leaning in that direction for a while but when I saw the pictures of our junior senator posing with Nangle and promenading around town with Nangle, promoting each other, I realized that Scott is one of those who truly believes “I got mine, now go get yours” who deserted a political novice. Is this how Scott was treated when he decided to run for office? Is this how he was treated when he decided to move up the Mass GOP ranks?

I do not know how Burke will do against Nangle. It will be very difficult to unseat him. It appears that very few want to cross him. Besides us at LiL, has anyone ever criticized him publicly? Is he that good?

There are a lot of people who know Nangle and his extended family and do not believe that his political bromance with Scott is detrimental to his career. The guy moves in wide circles and he has been around for a while. It appears that he has a loyal following. The power of this type of incumbency is very difficult to overcome.

In the past few years, I have not voted for Nangle. I either left that vote blank or did a write in. But I am glad that this year I have a choice. A while back I became un-enrolled so I can be independent in my support of elected officials. I want to vote the person, regardless of the Party. If that is what Nangle and Scott want to do, they both should leave their Party and go at it alone.

If you do not like Nangle’s politics or his decision to publicly back Scott and are not sure about Burke, you could leave that vote blank. Please consider it.

5 Responses to “Please consider voting for Martin Burke for State Rep”

  1. Jack Says:

    If Nangle is left high and dry in this election, it will demonstrate electoral weakness. This will only encourage a primary opponent(s) in 2014. Assuming, Nangle gets that far. ;v)

    I will be closely watching the “Blank Total” for 17th Middlesex.

  2. pablo Says:

    Blanks count for nothing.

    Mr. Nangle is encouraging Democrats to do a little ticket-splitting. Honoring his request by voting for Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Martin Burke is the best way to cast a vote of appreciation for this call to bipartisanship.

  3. Prince Charming Says:

    I’m not sure Nangle has what you would call a “loyal following”. There just hasn’t been any serious alternative from within the party. Yet.

  4. Jack Says:

    Pablo’s logic is quite sound.

    My vote is in the 16th Middlesex.

  5. Lynne Says:

    I don’t believe in voting the person not the party in most cases, because the party (Democrats) are the ones who espouse my values. However, in a legislature where one seat changeover is not going to change the supermajority whatsoever, where the Democrat in question is actually NOT a Democrat - and I don’t say that lightly as I hate “DINO” hunts usually - and the Republican appears to be at least credibly more liberal on some issues than the Democratic incumbent…I can’t say that I would discourage people from doing what Mimi is doing. Not to mention, Nangle is pretty corrupt and utterly GOB, he supported the MORE corrupt of the two people running for Speaker last time…

    I know one thing - I NEVER vote for Nangle. I usually leave it blank. I can’t - won’t - endorse a Republican. But I sure as hell would not mourn if Nangle was unseated.

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