I don’t live in the 3rd Congressional district. I was not involved in anyway during the recent election in which now Congresswoman Trahan’s won a multi-candidate primary by only a handful of votes and just 22% of the primary voters.
Given the Boston Globe’s full throated endorsement and judging by some of her TV appearances, I was pretty much settled into respecting her tenure and looked forward to the possibility of supporting her for higher office. But not before she does some serious explaining about her basic integrity. Of course many at BlueMass are aware of some potential funny business and her inability to explain how hundreds of thousands of dollars suddenly appeared for her to use as personal funds during the critical closing days of the Democratic nomination for her Congressional seat. (BTW, this is a bipartisan problem.)
And as we wait for that explanation, The Intercept outlines in an article the carefully parsing of words the Congresswoman’s spokesperson used to distinguish between “Corporate PAC money” which Trahan promised not to accept and PACs connected to trade associations that represent that corporations that she refuses to take money from. So in the closing days of the campaign, this parsing of the english language allowed Trahan to accept money from the trade association “The Food Marketing Institute” that serves the interests of Walmart and other mega-grocery stores (Stop and Shop perhaps?) and at the same time, allowed her to tell Democratic activists that refuse contributions from Walmart’s corporate PAC. To me that is just part of the typical con game politicians of all stripes play with voters. Particularly base voters, who WANT to believe in their candidates and don’t look harder at the answers they want to hear.
This kind of behavior is particularly galling when the Congresswoman Trahan positions herself as a champion for “fixing” our political system,when she wrote:
“As part of the largest Democratic freshman class elected to the House since Watergate, this Congress — and particularly my freshmen colleagues — have a mandate to fix problems in our political system, to unrig our democracy, to unmoor the entrenched special interests in Washington, and to usher in a new standard of ethics and integrity that ensures that public servants serve the public, not line their own pockets.”
With her silence about the sudden surge of personal money into her campaign during the closing days, coupled with her parsing of words to hide her intent to take money from the “entrenched special interests” that run Washington DC, Congresswoman Trahan has some explaining to do. But I doubt she will. In the three months or so she has taken office, she was racked up an impressive record of hypocrisy. There is nothing “new” and “refreshing” about the Congresswoman, just more of the same blah, blah, blah that is undermining the foundations of trust in our political system.
I hope progressives and Democrats don’t give her a pass. She needs to be pressured into explaining her behavior.