Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the self-described electoral bigfoot that specializes in direct mail hit jobs, came a cropper in Greenfield this weekend after residents of that town received postcards it had sent urging them to denounce their State Representative, Paul Mark.
Representative Mark is one of many legislative sponsors of the Safe Communities Act, which would ensure that state tax dollars not be used to fuel the Trump administration’s deportation machine, Muslim registry and other xenophobic initiatives. Although on most other questions involving state expenditures, Mass Fiscal is a reliable “no” vote, when it came to this opportunity to pander to nativist impulses, the organization reversed course and urged Representative Mark’s constituents to condemn this display of fiscal responsibility on his part.
The postcard utterly backfired, resulting in a demonstration against Mass Fiscal’s ugliness for promoting the notion “that immigrants are the cause of our problems here in the United States” and in the resignation of a Mass Fiscal officer, who claimed (inexplicably) to have been previously unaware of the organization’s longstanding hostility to immigrants.
More comeuppances please.