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Democratic mayor of Boston refuses chance to endorse Warren
The Hill ^ | March 27, 2012 | Justin Sink

Posted on 03/27/2012 7:33:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Popular Boston Mayor Tom Menino — an influential Democrat many have credited with bringing the party's convention to his hometown in 2004 — told WBZ this week that he wasn't taking sides in Massachusetts's high-profile Senate race.

But Menino's reluctance to put the weight of his campaign operation behind Harvard professor and consumer rights activist Elizabeth Warren is a tough blow for the Democrat, who is hoping to upset incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.

"When you vote, it's a secret ballot. I think, I've watched both these candidates, I know Scott Brown real well, I've interacted with him, I've watched Elizabeth Warren also. It's going to be a tough race. It's going to be a very close race," Menino said.

Menino went on to say that the campaign would hinge on mobilizing voters, noting that Scott Brown needed to turn out Republican and Tea Party voters, while Warren had "the Democratic establishment—for the most part."

The interviewer then asked Menino if he was "with" Warren, noting that the conventional wisdom was that a statewide Democratic campaign couldn't succeed without his support.

"I'm not with anybody at this time. At this time, I'm still not involved in the campaign," Menino responded.

But Menino hinted that he would get involved with the election somehow—either directly or through surrogates—and acknowledged his friendship with Scott Brown.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
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1 posted on 03/27/2012 7:33:34 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; campaignPete R-CT; ...

Given that most of Massachuestts is dominated by Boston, this will have an impact.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 7:38:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; raccoonradio; nutmeg; BillyBoy
Actually, I don't think this race will be close at all. Brown will win by a larger % against Warren than he did against Coakley.

Brown won by 5% against Marcia; I predict a 6-7% win against Warren.

This is a pretty daring move by Menino. I'm partially surprised, but it shows that he's reading the tea leaves that Warren is a loser.

3 posted on 03/27/2012 7:40:06 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Given that most of New England is dominated by Boston, this will have an impact.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 7:41:51 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sez as much about Scott Brown as it does about Menino...


5 posted on 03/27/2012 7:45:43 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Clintonfatigued
I'm guessing that Elizabeth Warren has not
kissed Boston Mayor Tom Menino's ring.

6 posted on 03/27/2012 7:46:34 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Wow. Pretty straight talk for a 'rat. Squashing Warren would surely be an act of patriotism by Mass voters.
7 posted on 03/27/2012 8:02:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Clintonfatigued
With Scott Brown vs Elizabeth Warren, this is a case of a rino versus a Harvard Communist.

I do have to go with the lesser of the two evils in this race, unfortunately.

8 posted on 03/27/2012 8:02:44 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: GOPsterinMA
I agree with your assessment. Scott Brown may be in poor standing nationally among Republicans due to his frequent lurches to the Left in his senate voting, but here in Massachusetts, he's still a relatively popular guy.

Elizabeth Warren on the other hand comes across as a cold fish. Sure, she's adored by the limousine liberals of Brookline, Cambridge and Newton. But most working class people, even Democrats, are going to identify more with Brown than Warren.

Warren reminds me of Martha Coakley in many ways. She's very uncomfortable around regular people and is likely to make a lot more gaffes between now and November. I think Brown might even win by 10% or more.

9 posted on 03/27/2012 8:03:09 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 48 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: Redbob
Sez as much about Scott Brown as it does about Menino...

Not necessarily. I think Menino just realizes what an idiot Warren is, and doesn't want to be attached to her in any way.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 8:05:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SamAdams76
Thank you.

I agree with what you wrote, although a 10% or more win for a GOP in this state would be HUGE.

Warren makes Coakley look almost humanoid. Almost.

If the Rats weren't so obsessed with PC, they might have gone with an electable candidate. That's twice now they've gone with a daft, out of touch, shrill woman against Brown. Like Einstein said about repeating the same thing the same way and expecting a different result...

11 posted on 03/27/2012 8:18:13 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
I'm guessing that Elizabeth Warren has not kissed Boston Mayor Tom Menino's ring.

the Maya is known as Mumbles Menino. He is known to speak Mumbonics a gutter language. He is beneath the Harvard educator.

Dizzy Lizzy has no more political acumen than did "Marsha" Coakly.

12 posted on 03/27/2012 8:23:50 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: Stepan12

wow. Ya mean you can think of someone who would be better than Brown? What’s his name?


13 posted on 03/27/2012 9:22:09 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and I will not go to Maryland to campaign against MITT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I will vote for Brown because Warren is so horrific. That is it!


14 posted on 03/27/2012 9:24:57 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Stepan12

“this is a case of a rino versus a Harvard Communist.
I do have to go with the lesser of the two evils in this race, unfortunately.”

I think almost exactly the same words could be said about a much more important electoral contest approaching in November.

Would you agree?


15 posted on 03/27/2012 9:37:29 PM PDT by Road Glide
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To: GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; raccoonradio; nutmeg
I think the media whisper campaign about how Scott Brown is "vulnerable" will turn out alot like the media whisper campaign earlier this year about how Jesse Jackson Jr. was supposedly "vulnerable" to a former 1-term white RAT Congresswoman in the primary. It won't amount to a hill of beans on election day.

In Jackson's case, they were relying on the fact the district has been redrawn this year to be 50% white and that Jackson was as crooked as they come. But they ignored the that the 50% of the district that's black ALWAYS votes for him by a margin of 90%+ or more (and they did again in 2012, making the district wide total 71% Jackson - 29% Halvorson). Jackson could sacrifice children to Satan on live TV and his brain dead constituents would re-elect him.

In Brown's case, the media and the Dems are relying entirely on the fact that Mass. is historically a one-party RAT state over the last few decades. But that didn't stop Brown from winning the seat in the first place in 2010, and Mass. as a whole isn't like Joseph Cao's New Orleans district where they vote in droves against ANY "R" on the ballot. Democrats dominate every part of the state but RINOs have been elected statewide in Mass. before (most notably in many various gubernatoral contests), and will be again. Brown's been even more of a RINO than he "has to be" in order to get elected there, so the Dems don't have any major ammo to turn voters against him and it's difficult to remove an "likeable" incumbent once they get in. (the reverse is true with guys like Joe Manchin in "conservative" West Virginia) I guess the Mayor of Boston sees the writing on the wall with the weak candidate they have running and that's a sign of things to come.

It's not impossible to him to lose, but barring Brown shooting himself in the foot, getting caught in a major scandal, or the "abolish the 17th amendment!!!" freepers getting their way, I'm pretty confident he'll win re-election.

Hopefully once he has six years in the Senate to do what he wants without having to face the voters again, he might behave a little more like an ACTUAL Republican. I'm not hold my breathe. But even on his worst days, he's STILL more conservative than "moderate" Mark Kirk.

16 posted on 03/27/2012 10:03:21 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts; raccoonradio
He is known to speak Mumbonics, a gutter language.

Menino Mumbonics is a Holy Language. Pentecostal, even. Believers understand it no matter what their native tongue. Utterly incomprehensible to those who do not believe, it does contain many words that sound English, but do not have meanings readily apparent to English speakers. To hear Maya Menino speak is an unforgettable experience.

The best interpreter, after a few drinks, is probably Howie Carr. But, even he is occasionally baffled.

17 posted on 03/27/2012 10:34:49 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Road Glide
It sux. I can't sit that one out either. The Messiah is too evil to ignore and Warren is too much a Communist to ignore.
18 posted on 03/28/2012 4:46:39 AM PDT by Stepan12
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To: BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; raccoonradio; nutmeg; SamAdams76
“I think the media whisper campaign about how Scott Brown is “vulnerable”... It won't amount to a hill of beans on election day.”

I think any media report that doesn't show pretty much all Rats as “vulnerable” isn't worth their weight in toilet paper. As much as these gas prices suck, if it means costs the Kenyan turd the election, I'll pay them. The gas prices will be the Rats final undoing.

Back to Brown:

“It's not impossible to him to lose, but barring Brown shooting himself in the foot, getting caught in a major scandal, or the “abolish the 17th amendment!!!” freepers getting their way, I'm pretty confident he'll win re-election.”

Agreed! He'd have to really screw the pooch to lose against Warren.

“Hopefully once he has six years in the Senate to do what he wants without having to face the voters again, he might behave a little more like an ACTUAL Republican.”

I respectfully disagree. Why? Joe Kennedy, XXXLVIII, will be gunning for him in 2018. That is “The Kennedy Seat” after all. Kennedy will be a sitting Congressman with three terms under his belt (I feel bad for Sean Bielat). I suspect he'll continue to vote the way he's been voting, perhaps veering more leftward (there's that trend again, BB).

2018 should be an epic battle here in MA: Brown vs. Kennedy for “The Kennedy Seat”.

19 posted on 03/28/2012 11:59:14 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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