Patch the Vote: 'Akin' Hearts, Endorsements
Your week in election coverage.
Election season 2012 is in high gear now, and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Here are some highlights from various races from your area from the week.
CONGRESS DISTRICT 6
After Missouri Congressman Todd Akin made some very controversial comments last weekend, Congressman John Tierney’s coalition of women supporters issued a statement condemning Akin’s comments and Republicans in general. Republican challenger Richard Tisei’s campaign voiced his opposition to Akin’s comments as well as his mostly pro-choice record.
Tierney also addressed a group of seniors in Beverly and spoke out against Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s proposal for Medicare.
Later in the week, Tisei’s campaign called out Tierney’s campaign for using “trackers” who were staking out Tisei’s home and his mother’s home.
Tisei also released a new video ad, “Democrats For Tisei,” showing a few Democrats in the district supporting his run for Congress.
Akin’s comments rocked the Senate race too. Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke out against the congressman’s comments about rape and later attacked her opponent, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown: “Scott Brown is supporting Republicans with a dangerous agenda for women throughout the Commonwealth and across the country,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Director Clare Kelly. “Brown is doling out his campaign cash to aid extreme conservatives who want to redefine ‘rape’ and roll back critical protections for women – and they will, if they gain control of the Senate and the White House.”
Brown published a column in the Berkshire Eagle, however, taking issue with that claim and saying he is a strong advocate for women’s rights and is pro-choice.
“I am pro-choice and support a woman's right to choose. There are people of goodwill on both sides of this issue, but I believe that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land, and that a woman should be able to make what is a very personal and difficult decision in consultation with her doctor and family.”
Meanwhile Brown took to the road to visit with voters across the state and promote a “We Built This” theme of the Republican Convention. Check out these photos on his campaign Facebook page.
And check out this photo of Scott Brown meeting with the Souza-Caille family of North Andover at his Washington, D.C., office!
HOUSE ESSEX 14TH
In the Democratic Primary race, candidate Diana DiZoglio made strides this week with an endorsement from the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
Republican candidate Karin Rhoton also nabbed an endorsement, from former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker.
HOUSE ESSEX 18TH
Incumbent Jim Lyons spoke at the Merrimack Valley Tea Party Candidates Night.
STATE SENATE ESSEX 1ST
Several candidates for State Senate spoke at the Merrimack Valley Tea Party Candidates Night.
And on the Democratic side, candidate Tim Coco has been endorsed by SEIU Local 888, Boston Roofers and Waterproofers Local Union 33, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and LGBT rights activist David Velasco Bermudez.