Skip to comments.John Kerry's Record: The Untold Story Part II
Posted on 10/26/2004 10:35:35 AM PDT by djjava
John Kerry was lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1983 to 1985, a fact most Americans--even Kerry supporters--either don't know, or ignore.
And with good reason. The obvious, of course, is that Kerry desires not to be associated with his former colleague, then Governor Michael Dukakis, the same Dukakis that unsuccessfully ran against George H. W. Bush for President.
John Kerry has many reasons to wholy ignore his record as lieutenant governor, similar to his reasons for avoiding his short stint as a prosecutor from 1976 to 1979. John Kerry may be running from his record, but he can't hide from it.
Ask a Democrat who Willie Horton is, they might tell you that Horton caused Dukakis's defeat. He is not a reporter, not a political strategist, and not a disgruntled former employee.
On October 26, 1974, Willie Horton and two accomplices robbed a gas station attendant in Lawerance, MA, and stabbed him nineteen times, and left him to bleed to death in a trash can. Horton was sentenced to life in prison.
What does this convicted murderer have to do with John Kerry?
Then governor Michael Dukakis, and his lieutenant governor, John Kerry, supported the Prison Furlough Program that allowed convicted criminals, including violent criminals and murderers, to be released for a period of 48 hours, unsupervised, on the honor system. Willie Horton was released onto the streets under this program on June 6, 1986. Horton never returned to the Concord Correctional Facility.
Less than year later, on April 3, 1987, Horton was in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he killed 28-year-old Clifford Barnes, stabbing him 22 times. When Barnes' fiancée Angela Miller returned, she was gagged and raped twice by Horton. 6 months later on October 20, Horton was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 85 years. The Maryland court system would not send Horton back to Massachusetts, out of the fear his being furloughed back onto the streets.
David Bossie, a former chief investigator for Congress notes in his book, "The Many Faces of John Kerry," that the "Dukakis/Kerry administration would issue furloughs for 287 sex offenders, 82 first-degree murderers and 184 second-degree murderers." Even after the tragic events following Horton's release, Kerry was still a propenant of the Prison Furlough Program. In 1988, while Senator, John Kerry defended the program, saying, "the furlough program in Massachusetts is tougher than the federal program. (John King, "Bush Surrogate Gets Ambushed In Dukakis Territory," The Associated Press, July 6, 1988)
Overall, while Kerry was lieutenant governor, he "presided over an increase in parole rates from 50 percent to 58 percent, during which time rapes increased from 1,464 a year to 1,627. Massachusetts became the country's car-theft capital, with twice the average of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, reported the Christian Science Monitor in November 1984."
Fast forward to 2004, we are witnessing John Kerry rewriting his record. His campaign literature states that "as a former prosecutor, John Kerry knows what it takes to put criminals behind bars and keep Americas streets safe." I don't think Clifford Barnes, or his now wife Angela would agree with this statement. They have seen the effects of a program that Kerry supported, and now they live with the physical and emotional scars.
Democrats blame Dukakis's defeat in 1988 in part to the repeated mention of the Horton case by George H. W. Bush, as well as an ad called "Weekend Passes" that ran in September 1988, which attacked Dukakis for his role in the Horton case. John Kerry deserves as much credit as Dukakis for supporting the program, and for defending it a year after Horton brutally attacked Clifford Barnes and his fiancée. When truth like this comes out against Kerry, campaign spokesmen and strategists refer to it as "ancient history," and wonder why it's being brought up as to them, it is insignificant. The truth is, it's not "insignificant," it's just damaging to John Kerry. Kerry's record as a public servant is very significant in determining if he is fit for the presidency. It is much more relevent than his 3 months in Vietnam that the Kerry campaign continues to laud and cite as reason enough to allow John Kerry to be president. It's funny how military service 36 years ago is more significant to the Kerry campaign than John Kerry's "ancient history" record as a prosecutor 28 years ago, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts 20 years ago, and currently as United States Senator.
"Bossie Exposes 'The Many Faces of John Kerry'" by Paige McKenzie
"The Many Faces of John Kerry" by David Bossie
"Crimes and Consequences" by Robert James Bidinotto (see also Bidinotto's Getting Away With Murder, Readers Digest, July 1988)
"Passions of Crime" by Jerome H. Skolnick
"Less than year later, on April 3, 1987, Horton was in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he killed 28-year-old Clifford Barnes, stabbing him 22 times. When Barnes' fiancée Angela Miller returned, she was gagged and raped twice by Horton."
""Fast forward to 2004, we are witnessing John Kerry rewriting his record. His campaign literature states that "as a former prosecutor, John Kerry knows what it takes to put criminals behind bars and keep Americas streets safe." I don't think Clifford Barnes, or his now wife Angela would agree with this statement.""
I'm happy that Clifford Barnes is apparently alive today.
i too, was surprised to come across that.
Barnes testisfied to some court or some type of commission regarding the furlough program... one of the links for further reading has a snippet.
up until i came across that, I was purely under the assumption that no man could survive being stabbed 22 times....
i did make an error, in initally stating that Barnes was killed. That was my initially impression, and i neglected to correct myself before publishing. Nevertheless, that one oversight on my part does not lessen the severity of the information in the article.
(why not correct the text and re-post?)
i'll correct it and repost today...
too bad i can't edi the one that is there...