DeCoste Secures Victory in the 5th Plymouth District

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November 24, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – Yesterday, after two days of hand recounts, Representative Rhonda Nyman (D-Hanover) conceded the race in the 5th Plymouth District. Republican Representative-elect David DeCoste officially won the seat by 49 votes.

“On behalf of the Massachusetts Republican Party, I would like to congratulate Representative-elect David DeCoste. Throughout this campaign season, David worked tirelessly to spread his message and to win every vote,” said Kirsten Hughes MassGOP chairman. “Ultimately David won because he ran a positive, issues-based campaign that resonated with the people of the 5th Plymouth District. He is a terrific addition to Beacon Hill and I know he will serve his constituents well.”

 

Background:Nyman Concedes to DeCoste in 5th Plymouth District. “After two days of recounts, incumbent Democrat Rhonda Nyman conceded Sunday to Republican challenger David DeCoste in the 5th Plymouth District state representative race….DeCoste won the seat by 49 votes, 8,332 to 8,283 for Nyman, a Hanover resident.” (Fred Hanson, Nyman concedes to DeCoste in 5th Plymouth District“, The Patriot Ledger, 11/24/2014)

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Statement From MassGOP Chairman Regarding Rep. Beaton’s Appointment

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November 17, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – Today the MassGOP Chairman, Kristen Hughes released the following statement regarding Rep. Matt Beaton’s appointment:

“On behalf of the Massachusetts Republican Party, I would like to congratulate Rep. Matt Beaton on his appointment as energy and environmental affairs secretary under Governor-Elect Charlie Baker. I would also like to thank Rep. Beaton for serving his constituents over the last three years with dignity and respect. Rep. Beaton will be a terrific addition to Governor Baker’s Administration and Massachusetts is fortunate that he will continue his public service in this way. The 11th Worcester District has a long history of electing Republican candidates, including Rep. Beaton and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Karyn Polito, and the MassGOP stands ready to lend it’s full support to the Republican nominee in the upcoming special election.”

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Statement of Chairman Kirsten Hughes Regarding Election Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
November 5, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes today released the following statement:

“Yesterday the voters of Massachusetts spoke and their decision was to strengthen two-party government on Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts Republican Party is proud of all of our candidates who poured their hearts and souls into their campaigns, and for the thousands of volunteers who dedicated themselves to carrying our message of fiscal responsibility and balance of power.  Our party fielded the first full slate of constitutional officers in 20 years and launched an unprecedented grassroots operation that called millions of voters and knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors. Last night, we saw the results of that coordinated effort, and it is the people of Massachusetts who will benefit from all of our hard work.”

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  Caught On Tape: Coakley Says MA “Doesn’t Need Fixing” 

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October 27, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245
 

BOSTON – Yesterday, Attorney General Martha Coakley proudly stated Massachusetts “doesn’t need fixing” before calling for greater state spending and higher taxes.

Click here to watch Coakley say nothing in MA needs “fixing”.

“It is not surprising that Attorney General Martha Coakley doesn’t think Massachusetts needs any fixing, she tried to stop the investigation of corrupt House Speaker Sal DiMasi,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “The fact is Coakley is symptomatic of the problems on Beacon Hill with her troubling record of campaign finance violations, letting politically wired lobbyists off the hook, and now, the alarming revelation that she tried to cover up the DiMasi scandal.”

 

Coakley: “We got businesses here. I think things need to get better here in Massachusetts but I don’t think they need fixing. I think what we need is someone who has a vision to say let’s invest in people who need it. Let’s give those kids that opportunity to get a job and to get good work. That’s how we will keep businesses here.”  (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization forum, 10/26/14)

 

Background: 

In a private 2008 meeting with former Inspector General Gregory Sullivan, AG Coakley requested that the IG end his investigation into the dealings of SpeakerDiMasi. “She asked him to stop his investigation, Sullivan recalled, and suggested she might produce a report on ‘lessons learned’ from the affair, loosely modeled on a report her predecessor had put together on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. ‘My takeaway,’ said Sullivan, in a recent interview, ‘was that they were not anxious to go prosecuting the speaker of the House.’” (“Back as AG, Martha Coakley rebuilt her name, The Boston Globe, 10/26/14)

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In Case You Missed It! Coakley’s Mortgage Flap “Does Not Pass The Smell Test”

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October 21, 2014    

CONTACT:
Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

“not the first time Coakley has played fast and loose with campaign finances while punishing fellow politicians for doing something similar.” 

Coakley’s actions show she just talks the talk
The Lowell Sun
10/21/2014
By Peter Lucas


Merits of the lawsuit aside, Attorney General Martha Coakley at the very least should have disclosed her relationship with the beneficiary of her federal housing lawsuit — her friend and campaign contributor Elyse Cherry.

That Coakley did not do so simply does not pass the smell test.

What the attorney general left out, however, was the information that the only nonprofit in the country that buys and sells such foreclosed properties is run by Elyse Cherry. It is called Boston Community Capital. Cherry is paid $590,000 a year.

Cherry is co-chair of Coakley’s campaign finance committee. She is also a hefty campaign fundraiser and contributor to Coakley, as well as to the Democratic State Committee. She hosted five fundraisers for Coakley in 2014. She also wrote an endorsement of Coakley in The Rainbow Times, a newspaper of the gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Also, according to the Globe, Cherry acknowledged that she and her staff also wrote the law passed by the Legislature in 2012 that became the basis for Coakley’s lawsuit.

From the outside it looks as though Coakley filed the lawsuit as a favor for a friend who hosted a fundraiser for her just days before she filed it. Was there a quid pro quo involved?

There is not much distance between the attorney general filing a lawsuit for a friend, in return for a campaign fundraiser, than there is for a state representative getting a job at the Probation Department for a constituent in exchange of a campaign contribution.

And this is not the first time Coakley has played fast and loose with campaign finances while punishing fellow politicians for doing something similar. Coakley was fined $24,000 by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance in 2014 for illegally using money raised for her unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to promote her current gubernatorial campaign. State law prohibits such use.

She also paid her sister $28,254 to oversee the campaign account and paid a federal finance compliance consultant another $10,000.

One questionable $6,000 Coakley expenditure was the same amount of unreported campaign cash that led her to seek criminal charges against former state Rep. Brian Wallace of South Boston. A judge dropped the criminal charge and fined him $1,000. Coakley in her case only admitted to making a “mistake.”

Here’s the bothersome thing about Coakley. The attorney general is unlike other statewide constitutional officers. The attorney general is the state’s chief law officer who, among other things, is charged with enforcing the law, protecting the citizens and making sure that public officials walk the line.

But what are voting citizens to do when it is the attorney general who is not walking the line? Guess.

Read the rest of the story here.

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