During his time in the House, Congressman Lynch has always been based in Massachusetts rather than Washington. He has spent countless days in Boston, Brockton, Norwood, Quincy, Walpole, Weymouth, and the other towns throughout his district.
Lynch has taken the same approach in this campaign, crisscrossing the state to meet with voters in all corners of the Commonwealth. In just the past ten days, Congressman Lynch has been to Newton, New Bedford, West Roxbury, Lynn, Burlington, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Plymouth, Braintree, Waltham, Quincy, Fitchburg, Brighton, Pittsfield, Williamsburg, West Springfield, Chicopee, Springfield, Sturbridge, Southbridge, and Worcester.
But despite this grueling schedule – with hours of travel wrapped around debates, press conferences, fundraisers, meetings, and interviews – the shortened window of this special election limits the number of visits Congressman Lynch can make to each community.
That’s where our secret weapon comes in.
Margaret Lynch, the Congressman’s wife, has launched her own tour of the Commonwealth to campaign on her husband’s behalf. Riding around Massachusetts in a 2000 Mercury Marquis, Margaret has been making two or three stops every day at senior centers and other community events.
Since her tour began on March 11, Margaret has visited more than 40 cities and towns across the state, with many more stops to come. She joined in a Sutton Easter Egg hunt, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by marching in the Holyoke parade, and lunched with seniors from Hyannis to Chelmsford.
In the past 30 days, Margaret has visited:
Watertown, Gloucester, Rockport, Danvers, Randolph, East Bridgewater, Taunton, Franklin, Wrentham, Bellingham, Lawrence, Haverhill, Sutton, Chelmsford, Littleton, Fitchburg, Leominster, Belmont, Buzzards Bay, Pocasset, Hyannis, Taunton, Westport, Fall River, New Bedford, East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Agawam, Plymouth, Abington, Lowell, Revere, Saugus, Charlestown, Everett, East Boston, Brockton, Quincy, Weymouth, Leicester, Blackstone, and Worcester.
Her tour continues this week with scheduled stops in Attleboro, Fall River, Bolton, Holbrook, Milton, Beverly, Saugus, and Lynn, as well as a visit to Western Massachusetts at the end of the week.
Speaking of Western Mass, Congressman Lynch has spent the last 24 hours out that way. He visited Dottie’s Coffee Lounge in Pittsfield, Hemenway Hill Farm in Williamsburg, Senator Rosenberg’s municipal conference in Northampton, Two Eagles in Springfield, and knocked on some doors in West Springfield with Rep. Mike Finn.
While Congressman Lynch was out west, we had a massive canvassing drive in the rest of the state, with strong support from elected officials including Rep. Paul McMurtry in Dedham, Rep. Anne Gobi in Spencer, and Sheriff Bellotti, Senator Keenan, Rep. Ayers, and Rep. Chan in Quincy. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who joined in yesterday’s canvass.
Two final notes:
- Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi this morning reinforced something we’ve known all along: the Washington establishment doesn’t want Stephen Lynch in the Senate.
- The Lowell Sun notes that the Affordable Care Act has some serious flaws – something Congressman Lynch has been saying for three years.
Election Day is just 22 days away.
On the morning of St. Patrick’s Day the air was crisp and clear.
The Boston Irish skipped their Dunks and handed round the beer.
Parades and toasts and ribald jokes maintained their standard place,
But this was no mere holiday, ‘twas in the middle of a race.
Candidates and volunteers rose early as the dawn,
To shake some hands and knock on doors and always carry on.
There’ve been breakfasts and dinners and events in big halls,
And always, always, always, another round of phone calls.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this, a hard fought vote in Spring;
The Washington bosses made it clear: they wanted no such thing.
But one man dared to challenge them, and put this to a vote:
An ironworker, Boston’s own, an Irishman of note.
A product of the projects in the famed Old Colony,
The people of South Boston simply call him, “Our Lynchie.”
He climbed the iron eighteen years on job sites all around,
And saw too often profits soar as workingmen were drowned.
He worked his way through college, and law school at BC,
And became a union president, at the ripe old age of 30.
In the courtroom Lynchie fought, for the middle class and poor,
And while he fought, some friends of his came knocking on the door.
“Run for office,” was their pitch. “We need you on the hill.”
And Lynch knocked out the sitting Rep, through sheer force of his will.
The Bulgers were next: Whitey, Billy and their clan,
But Lynch worked hard, and Lynch won big. And the bosses how they ran!
Then in 2001, on a day we all remember,
Steve Lynch went to Congress, as the House’s newest member.
In Washington he’s stood, for the working and the poor;
He’s stood with seniors, veterans, and all who dream of more.
As a voice for working families he nearly stands alone,
He calls for jobs with higher pay; calls on Wall Street to atone.
Lynch doesn’t follow party lines, he won’t always agree,
A working man, a family man, he fights for you and me.
And when John Kerry left his seat to rep the USA,
Lynch thought that it was long past time the people had a say.
Washington tried to clear the field and hand it to their own
But Boston’s not like Washington and no one gets a throne.
So up stepped Lynch into the void to take on the machine,
The polls all said he couldn’t win, the loss would be obscene.
But the people didn’t listen, for they were tired of being told,
How to vote and who to vote for – DC’s act was getting old.
So our Lynchie went from town to town, from Cape Cod to Cape Ann.
Through Pittsfield, Springfield, Attleboro, and down to Fairhaven.
In Lowell they like the underdog, in Brockton they love a fighter.
And bit by bit the Lynch campaign flamed up as by a lighter.
Working families, young and old, all rallied to his cause,
And suddenly in Washington the bosses gave a pause.
“What happened here, this race was won, it should have been a cinch.”
But what they hadn’t counted on was someone like Steve Lynch.
So on this Irish holiday as you proudly wear the green,
Remember this year’s different than it’s ever, ever been.
And on the next Election Day, your vote will be a must,
For we’ll have a chance to stand for Lynch as he has done for us.
The Senate campaign trail has also been interesting.
- Congressman Lynch outlined his plans for protecting Social Security without cutting benefits or raising the retirement age.
- We launched the first TV ad, Every Working Family (click here to help keep it on the air!).
- Congressman Lynch’s amazing wife Margaret took to the campaign trail.
- GoLocal Worcester compared the two Democratic candidates, and found that Congressman Lynch had a better NAACP record and higher scores on tech, food safety, and secular government issues.
- A number of local elected officials in Brockton, Fitchburg, Leominster, Worcester, and Lowell announced their endorsements of Stephen Lynch for Senate.
- And Congressman Lynch stood up for local fishermen in their battle against corporate interests and overregulation.
Somehow, it’s only Thursday, and we still have our big weekend of bad Irish jokes to come.
One final note for today: Media driven campaign narratives can be a funny thing. In this special Senate election, for example, the new prevailing story seems to be that every expected endorsement that the establishment candidate receives is somehow a blow to the upstart challenger. People seem to forget that Washington Democrats did their best to clear the field and anoint a candidate, and only one Democrat was willing to challenge this anointment (even the Conclave held five elections).
Congressman Lynch has now received the support of more than 60 local unions. These locals represent working families in a variety of industries across the state, and their members are committed to electing Stephen Lynch to the U.S. Senate. Rep. Lynch has also been endorsed by a growing number of county officials, mayors, state senators, state reps, city councilors, selectmen, and local Democratic town committees. These officials are on the ground working with Massachusetts residents. They understand the needs of their constituents, and they know that Stephen Lynch is the best candidate to represent their communities in the Senate.
Spring may be fast approaching, but April 30 is a long way away.
On the parade trail in Worcester yesterday, Congressman Lynch greeted thousands of people and one extremely Irish dog. The Worcester parade kicked off a long week of St. Patrick's Day fanfare, so prepare for an onslaught of bad jokes from Salem, Haverhill, Lowell, Boston and other cities and towns where toasting and roasting have become local tradition. Just remember 'tis all in good fun.*
In other campaign news:
- The first two debates have officially been scheduled. Congressmen Lynch and Markey will meet on Wednesday, March 27 (just 16 days away!) at 7pm. The first debate will be hosted by the Boston media consortium, which includes WGBH-TV, NECN, WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, WGBH Radio, WBUR Radio and Bloomberg Radio. The final debate will be held on April 22 (just eight days before the primary election) and will be hosted by WBZ-TV and the Boston Globe. We continue to work with the Markey campaign to schedule debates in Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield, and Worcester.
- At the request of IBEW 1228, whose camera operators, technicians, and editors have gone nearly two years without a new contract, Congressman Lynch has decided not to buy campaign advertising on WCVB.
- The two Democratic candidates appeared on stage together for the first time Saturday at the SEIU candidate forum. You can read about the event here, but I just wanted to note - and I think both campaigns can agree - Saturday's event was really well put together. Great crowd, fair format, strong questions, and a lot of positive energy. Kudos to the SEIU organizers.
- We have a great section on the webpage where people can post their own endorsement of Congressman Lynch. Check it out and ad your video or message with your reasons for supporting Stephen Lynch. We welcome any supporter to post.
*Free preview joke: Dan Winslow, Gabe Gomez, and Mike Sullivan walk into a bar...sorry I've got nothing. I've never heard of them either.
Hope everybody is enjoying this beautiful March weather. While my feet dry off, I wanted to touch on a few items of note:
1) We have a number of organizational meetings coming up in the next few days, including meetings tonight in Norwood, Springfield and Saugus. To find a meeting in your town, keep an eye on our events page: http://www.stephenflynch.com/events
2) Congressman Lynch will join Dan Rea in studio tonight on WBZ AM 1030 from 8-9 p.m. Be sure to tune in.
4) Yesterday, Congressman Lynch joined a number of his colleagues in signing on to the Grayson-Takano letter, pledging to “vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.” The letter mirrors a letter from the Congressional Progressive Caucus that Rep. Lynch had previously signed. Several progressive websites trumpeted the Grayson-Takano letter yesterday as a huge step for a certain candidate for Senate, while conveniently omitting that Rep. Lynch had also signed. I’m sure it was an honest mistake.
5) During an interview this morning on Rock 102 in Springfield, Rep. Lynch was asked why his name was omitted from a letter last week calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The phone line went dead before he could complete his answer, but as has been previously reported, Congressman Lynch has opposed DOMA during his time in Congress, and cosponsors a bill that would repeal it. The email request to sign onto the amicus brief was sent to an email account for a staffer who had left the office several years ago. Congressman Lynch never received the request, but fully supports the brief and it's goal of repealing DOMA. If he had known about the letter, he would have signed it.
6) Finally, I wanted to comment on the Herald poll. Polls are fun. Some polls are better than others. The UMass Lowell Herald poll surveyed 600 registered voters. From those 600, they pulled out a subset of 309 “potential Democratic voters.” Potential voters and likely voters are not even close to the same thing, particularly in a special primary in April. The WBUR poll of likely voters three weeks ago showed a 7 point race, and even the LCV/NARAL poll (commissioned by Markey supporters) released earlier this week had the spread at 14 points with 28% undecided. I love the Herald, but a poll of all registered voters means very little in a special election like this.
On the flip side, the poll certainly helped solidify the Herald’s credibility with liberal Democrats.
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That completes the tour. Almost.
This is the blog. Instead of a generic campaign blog with posts “written by” the candidate, we’re going to bring you as much information about the campaign as we possibly can, along with a decent amount of humor (depending on your sense).
If you want to know where Stephen Lynch will be tomorrow, or why he supports working families over Wall Street, or who endorsed him, or how he’s going to win this election, or what he brings to the Senate, or when to set your clocks ahead – this is the place. Here we’ll share links to stories that are worth reading and updates on the campaign, as well as the candidate’s public schedule. But you will also find our TV ads*, press releases, Red Sox predictions, and general musings about Massachusetts politics.
So check back every day to get your fill of information on one side of the Massachusetts Senate campaign. We promise it will be worth your time.**
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