As you may recall, former state rep. Marie Parente recently endorsed Scott Brown, which made news, and in response to which I wrote a post. Parente got in touch with me via email and requested the opportunity to respond; I told her I’d be happy to post whatever she had to say. Here, then, is Marie Parente’s response, unedited and in its entirety, and offered without further comment from me.
Elizabeth, the Republican, Democrat, Native American, Pow Wow Chow author Occupier and Chameleon.
Recently, without ever calling me for verification of their postings on June 3, 2012, the Blue Mass Group lambasted me on three issues. 1. Being an errant Democrat by endorsing Senator Scott Brown. 2. Asking for an adjustment to my state pension 3. Recent probation issues.
Incredibly, the original article has changed somewhat after I informed “David” that I did not win my first election to the State Legislature as a Democrat but as an un-enrolled candidate characterizing myself as an Independent Democrat.
I received no help from the Democratic Party in my first Primary fight (1978). Therefore, I un-enrolled and ran as an Independent. Over the years, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, like Judy Meredith who only has eyes for legislators who vote to enhance her provider payroll patriots, would criticize conservative votes that did not meet her personal agenda. Her financial reports would make fine reading.
Some months after induction at the State House, I was asked to choose a party in order to receive committee assignments. I chose the Democratic label because it appeared to reflect the ideals of Presidents Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy, my favorite Democrats. Over the years I worked on the campaigns of dozens of Democrats, raising thousands of dollars for the Speaker’s fund to support Democrats. I was a bona fide worker for Hillary Clinton, Shannon O’Brien for Governor/ and served as one of the founders of the Massachusetts Democratic Council I introduced and supported Congressman Richard Neal to my district. The list is endless.
Blue Mass writers criticized my recent endorsement of Senator Scott Brown and questioned my loyalty to the Democratic Party, insinuating that I had received their assistance without reciprocating in kind.
When I first contacted David, Blue Mass writer, I listed for him, three well known Democrats that did indeed take sustenance from Democrats and the Republicans as well i.e. a deposed Senate President in-waiting, who served his remaining pension earning years as Human Service Associate Commissioner under Weld and Cellucci; my Democratic opponent in my first race featured endorsements from Republicans .Thirdly, the current Democratic Legislator also un-enrolled from the Democratic Party, hosted a one thousand dollar per person fund raiser for Weld and Cellucci and donated five hundred dollars to Jane Swift’s campaign fund and then returned to the Democratic Party to start his career. Funny thing. Not a word of criticism for these three errant Democratic males. Hmmm.
I. I endorsed Scott Brown, a long time friend and make no apologies for it.
2. Regarding the probation issue, I hesitate to elaborate as the case is on going. It is my opinion that the accuser who has sought political interventions from my office many times through the years and whom I always responded has forgotten a few things. I am aghast at the intensity of her accusations. I was always kind to her and members of her family for whom she often called.
As far as my pension request, I modeled it on the one made by Democrat Senate President William Bulger who received an adjustment to his $300,000 plus salary using an allowance for a house in which he never lived. Since his case was based on “compensation of any kind” I thought it fair to at least ask for the same consideration.
I challenge any other state worker who knows a co-worker has received an adjustment based on non-salary extras would not do the same.
And now my challenge to the Blue Mass Group.
I am sure you have heard of “Samuel P. Jacobs, former Associate Editor for NewsBeast, Newsweek’s front-of-the-book section, is Campaign Correspondent for Reuters. He has written about politics for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. His writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, the New York Observer, and the New Republic Online.
On October 24, 2011 the Daily Beast, he authored an article about Elizabeth Warren for whom the Blue Mass Group has cast their fortunes. In the Jacobs article, Elizabeth Warren, the “136 degree Native American, “author” of several “gulp” Pow Wow Chow recipes has finally informed us she was a Republican until the age of 46 years. Do you think that is when she found out about the possibility of occupying “the Kennedy seat” in addition to being one of the founders of Occupy Wall Street?” Imagine, Blue Mass Group is supporting an overhauled Republican. Tsk. Tsk. Do you think she and her “occupiers will refund New York City for the damage caused by their contrived high-jinks?
Did she use the Republican Party, Native Americans and Harvard to Advance her career? My ancestors may not have known Elizabeth Warren’s Native American relatives, but my ancestors did come over on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. As of yet, there is no evidence that Elizabeth was waiting on the dock welcoming the great explorer Christopher Columbus.