How does a freshman state representative get mentioned as a “serious threat” to Democrats looking to retain the Congressional seat being vacated by Barney Frank? Seventeen grand should do it.
Among the names floated as potential Republican candidates by Herald columnist Holly Robichaud the other day was first-term Taunton state representative Shaunna O’Connell. Holly pumps up a potential O’Connell candidacy:
State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), who defeated long-term state Rep. James Fagan in a heated battle last year, could pose a serious threat for the Democrats. She lives in the heart of the district and has proven she can win in a city.
How is Holly so familiar with the ins and outs of Bristol County politics? Aside from being a Herald columnist, Holly is the principal of the political consulting firm Tuesday Associates. Among Tuesday Associates’ clients is none other than Shaunna O’Connell. According to OCPF reports, since 2009, O’Connell has paid Tuesday Associates $17,264.95 for campaign services.
I get that Holly is a columnist, rather than a strict news reporter. There’s obviously going to be some flexibility in what she can and can not write. However, there should at the very least be some disclosure on Holly’s part when she writes about her own clients.
UPDATE (by David): Well, wouldja look at that. OCPF screenshot on the flip (click for larger). There are so many entries that I couldn’t get them all in a single screenshot.