A most interesting development in the 1st Suffolk race, the primary for which is next Tuesday. (By the way, if you want Gloribell Mota to win, here’s how to help). Here’s the party’s release (emphasis mine).
MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE VOTES TO HIGHLIGHT CANDIDATE BASILE’S PAST SUPPORT OF REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES
Part of 1st Suffolk District Primary Field
BOSTON – Friday, September 21st
The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee passed a resolution Wednesday night to allow the Massachusetts Democratic Party to highlight candidate Carlo Basile’s past support for Republican candidates and Republican elected officials in Massachusetts. Basile, who is running in a four-way Democratic primary for state representative in the 1st Suffolk District, has donated $1,350 to Republican candidates since 2002, and campaigned extensively for gubernatorial candidate Kerry Healey in 2006 in the same East Boston neighborhood where he is now seeking election as a Democrat.
“The Massachusetts Democratic Party cannot sit idly by while a man who has been supportive of the failed administrations of our past Republican governors pretends to represent Democratic values to the voters of his district.” Said party Chairman John Walsh. “We take pride in our party and what it stands for, and Carlo Basile has failed the party in that regard.”
Basile is running against Democrats Mary Berninger, Jeff Drago, and Gloribell Mota in a special election scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 25th.
And it’s not just a press release. The party is issuing a postcard to be distributed around the district. The back of it lists the local State Committee members, and says “Vote for a TRUE Democrat in the Democratic Primary.” And here’s the front:
Basile is said to be the front-runner in this race. Will this matter?