Since we began our campaign for State Representative in the spring, I’ve stayed true to our commitment of running a positive, clean campaign on the issues. Today, in an act of desperation, my opponent has chosen to sling mud in an attempt to distract voters from his lack of commitment and service to our community. Now it is time to set the record straight.
I am proud to have earned twice the support of my opponent from our neighbors here in South Boston and across the 4th Suffolk District, per our recent campaign finance report.
What my opponent doesn’t want you to know is that he has received thousands of dollars in contributions from developers and real estate professionals.
What he also doesn’t want you to know is that his campaign is being financed in part by state contractors who have given him maximum contributions, and who boast of hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts on their own website, all at the taxpayer’s expense. These state contractors regularly lobby state officials to secure lucrative contracts to build and develop state property and assets.
If my opponent is worried about the influence of special interests, he would have returned these contributions immediately.
What my opponent also doesn’t want you to know is that his campaign is being run by the same “consultants” who tried to permit the Olympics and IndyCar that would have had catastrophic impacts on our community. Ironically, these same “consultants”, who account for 1/3 of all my opponent’s campaign spending, represent large developers with business before City Hall and the State House.
(From Channel 5 Investigates story: Boston Grand Prix questionable spending exposed – 12/14/16)
The choice in this race is clear.
I have a record of advocacy in this district. My opponent does not.
I have a lifetime of service to this community. My opponent does not.
I have opposed irresponsible development in this district. My opponent has not.
I opposed turning Gate of Heaven into condos and have publicly opposed the unacceptable Boston Edison project. My opponent has not.
My opponent talks about being from a 4th generation South Boston family, but while you and I were fighting for the neighborhood, my opponent was nowhere to be found. He wasn’t even living here. He spent the better part of a decade bouncing around from city to city. While I was focused on South Boston, he was focused on Somerville and Salem.
But he’s back now, telling you that although he’s never done anything for this community before, he has all the answers to fix our problems.
Of course, this “fresh voice” campaigned against our Congressman Stephen Lynch. His campaign is backed by individuals who have financial interests in hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts. This “fresh voice” is backed by the consulting company that tried to shove the Olympics and IndyCar down our throats and as those of us who were here at the time surely remember, those ill-conceived ideas were supposed to fix all of our problems, too.
These are strange choices for the “fresh voice” that supposedly has our best interests in his heart.
I am aligned with the hard-working families of this district. I always have been. I am proud of the work we have done together and I have the drive, knowledge, and experience to continue this fight. And I am confident that my friends and neighbors will be able to see through the desperate, hypocritical last gasp of my opponent’s campaign.
As my opponent attempts through desperate acts over Labor Day weekend to buffalo the people of South Boston and the 4th Suffolk District, I’ll be focused on the issues that need fixing and issues that are important to you. My opponent is not, and that speaks volumes.