Good for Lida for helping the Ross campaign.
Harkins won’t endorse Smulowitz in State Senate race
By Valentina Zic
Wicked Local Needham
As the Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Peter Smulowitz and Republican Richard Ross moves forward, state Representative Lida Harkins won’t be endorsing anyone in the race.
“I’m staying out of the race altogether,” said Harkins, who lost a hotly contested Democratic primary to Smulowitz on April 13, told the Needham Times.
Asked further whether she would support her House colleague, Republican Richard Ross in the campaign instead, Harkins said she was chair of Needham’s Democratic Town Committee, and that she respected that position.
Under those circumstances, Harkins said, “You don’t publicly endorse a Republican.”
Harkins last week blasted Smulowitz for his campaign tactics calling them ‘slanderous,’ State House News reported. Just days before the primary, Smulowitz sent out flyers to voters saying that Harkins had taken campaign money from former disgraced House speakers who left office amid criminal investigations. At the state Democratic committee meeting where Harkins made her comments, she read off a list of the many other state legislators who had taken contributions from the speakers prior to them being charged with criminal activity, just as she had done. Harkins also blasted Democratic party officials for not intervening in the campaign.