Loscocco’s not a bad guy, but he hasn’t exactly brought a lot to the table except for a reliable vote for the Republican line. His best vote was the last-minute switch to defeat the “protection of marriage” ballot initiative last year — although with an utterly convoluted explanation after strongly being for it.
“By simply leaving our constitution alone, the Legislature the elected representatives of the people and not simply the courts, will have the ultimate ability to refine the law in this area and react to unforeseen challenges which may arise,” he wrote. “Changing our constitution means imposing the perceived certainties of the present upon future generations who may very well view the world differently.
“As an attorney, I have consistently taken what I believe to be a principled position on the gay marriage issue based upon adherence to my understanding of the law,” Loscocco wrote. “However, I belatedly came to the realization that my role in the constitutional process as a legislator differs from that of an attorney. As a legislator, I represent all of the people in my district, not just those of any particular group.
“Having taken an oath to uphold the constitution of the Commonwealth, my obligation at the constitutional convention is to ensure that a vote on this issue actually occurs and that any proposed amendment is consistent with the underlying principles enshrined in our constitution. Weighing the relative benefits and harms affecting the various constituents I represent under competing constitutional principles, I conclude that proposed amendment has no place in our cherished Massachusetts constitution.”
The district has historically had a Republican lean, but is really more of a swing district with lots of high tech employees. The last several election cycles have seen increasing numbers of Democrats turning out.
We had a great progressive representative (Barbara Gardner) before Loscocco– it will be interesting to see whether Carolyn Dykema has the race to herself or if others will sign up to run before the May deadline.