BOSTON -- The Boston Herald today endorsed Patrick O'Connor in the special election for the Plymouth and Norfolk state senate seat, arguing he'll be a strong voice for the state's taxpayers, while continuing to forge consensus on key issues.
Editorial: O’Connor for state Senate
By The Editorial Board
Look no further than the above editorial for a really good reason to keep one more legislative seat in the hands of the state’s all too slim Republican forces on Beacon Hill.
The South Shore Senate seat long occupied by new Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund is one of a mere six seats held by the GOP in the 40-member body. Next Tuesday, Patrick O’Connor, a Weymouth councilor at large and current president of the Town Council, is vying in a special election to keep that seat in the Republican column.
O’Connor, who was elected to the Weymouth body in 2005 at the ripe old age of 21, has also served as Hedlund’s legislative director since 2007. There is truly no corner of the Plymouth and Norfolk Senate district that O’Connor hasn’t been to and worked for in his capacity as Hedlund’s top aide.
The transition should indeed be seamless.
O’Connor, not surprisingly, has the endorsement of Gov. Charlie Baker, who is expected to campaign for him this weekend.
But he is first and foremost a reliable vote for fiscal responsibility and against higher taxes.
And so the Boston Herald enthusiastically endorses O’Connor and urges the voters of Weymouth, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield,Norwell, Scituate and Cohasset to support him with your votes on May 10.