What’s happening out in Pittsfield with the Special Election to fill Rep. Chris Speranzo’s seat? Has the Democratic primary winner caused a bit of embarrassment for the Dems?
When Sen. Ben Downing and DSC Chair John Walsh hosted a unity event the day after the primary, it came as a surprise to most attendees to realize that they were being asked to support newly minted Dem. candidate Tricia Farley- Bouvier, a pro-life advocate and former teacher who prefers not to send her children to Pittsfield Public Schools. Sen. Downing claims not to have been aware of her pro-life views before the event. (Didn’t they wonder why MTA and NARAL endorsed her primary opponent so strongly?)
The October 18th special (and final) election, has 3 other candidates:
Independent/unenrolled candidiate- Pam Malumphy former Pittsfield City Councilor, a former Democrat who worked in the Patrick Administration’s economic regional office in the first term. She is pro-choice and pro-public schools. She has been active in county and state women’s organizations for decades and will garner support from pro-choice activists who are more than a little taken back by the Dem. candidate’s conservative views and the Dem. Party’s willingness to look the other way.
Green Party: Mark Miller is a smart but has no grasp on local issues and is an inept public speaker. (His family once owned the Berkshire Eagle, and he’s spending big to win.) He ran against Rep. Chris Speranzo last fall and got 45% of the vote because everyone was so ticked at Chris for running while jockeying for clerk magistrate job. This time, Mark has received some union endorsements (which don’t mean much in Berkshires), he is not getting the public support he thought he’d get.
Republican: there are so few Republicans in this district, that even with the worst voter turnout and all the money in the world, a Republican will never win the 3rd Berkshire District.
So my question is…if the Democratic Party Platform supports Pro-Choice, how can the party support Tricia Farley-Bouvier?
Wouldn’t it be better to either support the candidate that does support the Democratic platform position (the Independent, former Dem. Malumphy or the Green guy Miller? or support no one? When is it okay to look the other way? And how often can you do that without losing all credibility?
(Maybe Sen. Swan or John Walsh could respond as they certainly must have felt blindsided by Ms. Farley-Bouvier)