Jen is running in a mixed district…while it has been represented by progressive Eldridge for some time, it’s not a guarantee, even in this tough year for Republicans, that a Democrat will take it. And what’s worse, her opponent none other than Kurt Hayes, former “independent” candidate for the MA 5th District US Rep race, who found his inner Republican somehow (their money at least). He is funded by hateful anti-gay forces. (I love how he doesn’t even admit to being a Republican until the very bottom in small text on his website. He might love their money, but he doesn’t seem to want to be associated otherwise.) He’s happy to say he’s gonna deliver lots of local aid to the district but is for rolling back the income tax to 5%. (He does say he’s against Question 1, so at least that’s something…but if the voters pass it, he would support abolishing the income tax entirely, come hell or high water! And it certainly would be hell. Or suicide.)
This is a target open seat for the dwindling state Republican party, and they are pouring in their all. Let’s keep that pathetic shell of a party dwindling, starting in this district. (At least until they figure out they can’t keep running with hate-filled extremist funders and candidates in a state which at a minimum requires a moderate conservative.)
Jen is a really smart, practical progressive. I had the pleasure of interviewing her on WUML (audio here) and also chatted with her afterward. She’s articulate and understands the issues, both of her district, and those we as a state face. I can’t say enough good things about her.
If you’ve been watching the campaign season from the sidelines and feel a little guilty, here’s your chance. I will be going down to her offices to make phone calls on Saturday regardless, but I would love to bring other activists with me and make a bigger impact. Think of just how much Kurt Hayes made you cringe in the MA-05 election with his pro-war stance, and imagine him taking over Jamie Eldridge’s seat in the legislature. How would you feel then, if you didn’t give it your all now? So email me, let’s carpool! It’ll be fun! (My email is lynne (at) leftinlowell.com, replace the (at) and spaces with a @.)
If you can’t come on Saturday, you should feel a twinge of terrible crushing guilt, which you can alleviate a little by donating to her campaign.