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GOP Has Rare Shot At Winning House Seat In Mass.
npr ^ | September 9, 2012

Posted on 09/09/2012 6:12:21 AM PDT by SMGFan

U.S. House candidate Richard Tisei is openly gay. He's also openly Republican.

"You know what, in Massachusetts, it's a lot easier to be gay than be a Republican," he says, "as far as trying to get elected to office."

But Tisei could make political history for the Massachusetts GOP. Not just because they could win their first U.S. House seat in 15 years, but also because Tisei would be the first openly gay Republican to be elected to a term in Congress.

Republicans are generally long shots to get elected in this solidly Democratic state. But Tisei's upset bid is getting a huge lift from a family scandal surrounding the incumbent Democrat, Rep. John Tierney.

Tierney's wife pled guilty to aiding and abetting an illegal gambling operation that her brothers were running. This summer, one of them was convicted of racketeering. Another is on the lam.

Voters like Bob Doucette don't want to give the 16-year congressman another two years in office.

"Totally ridiculous. If my wife had $7 million in a checking account, how intelligent can he be if he didn't know that? And he's partly running our country? No possible way," he says.

Both brothers-in-law say the congressman knew all along what they were doing. Tierney says they're just lashing out.

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1 posted on 09/09/2012 6:12:25 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Sounds like just the guy to ride in on Romney’s coattails.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 6:14:54 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: SMGFan

vote 3rd party. Tisei ain’t worth electing.

Come back in ‘14 with a worthwhile Republican.


3 posted on 09/09/2012 6:18:02 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: SMGFan

No thanks. We need him in the caucus like we needed Mike Castle.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 6:27:01 AM PDT by montag813
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To: campaignPete R-CT
“Come back in ‘14 with a worthwhile Republican.”

To paraphrase Rick Pitino, Strom Thurmond ain't walking through that door.

5 posted on 09/09/2012 6:29:16 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: campaignPete R-CT
A third party vote (not that anyone's running) re-elects this guy. And the wifey.

How Could Tierney Not Know

6 posted on 09/09/2012 6:29:32 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: SMGFan

Tierney’s always been a pretty high “moral outrage” guy against the Republicans hasn’t he? Why can’t this go national the way the Republicans were held to account in ‘06 for Mark Foley’s alleged crimes. Plus there was no there there and Foley resigned.


7 posted on 09/09/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; perfect_rovian_storm; ...

*ping*


8 posted on 09/09/2012 6:39:15 AM PDT by randita
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To: raccoonradio

Amazing how MSM has spiked this vs. thew Mark Foley hype in ‘06. Well, maybe not so amazing, par for the course.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 6:40:09 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: raccoonradio; HenpeckedCon

that is the goal, to re-elect Tierney.

The gay marriage GOPers in MASS can go pound sand. I think you’re on the wrong site supporting Gay radicalism dressed up with a GOP bow.


10 posted on 09/09/2012 6:41:30 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: gusopol3

IF it wasn’t for FR, I never would have heard.

Unreal - put this on the board for LEFTIST MEDIA CONSPIRACY.

Having a board would be a great idea.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 6:45:04 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Well the NRCC is at least trying to get Tisei in there. They were the ones who did the How Could Tierney Not Know site. Whether they secretly want Tierney re-elected, who knows.

Incidentally the following is a complete list of Republican
U.S. Representatives in Massachusetts:


12 posted on 09/09/2012 6:47:22 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Yashcheritsiy
Sounds like just the guy to ride in on Romney’s coattails.

Sounds like your another Obama supporter by proxy.

13 posted on 09/09/2012 6:52:21 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: raccoonradio

well i secretly wanna see Tierney re-elected. Except not secretly.

Daniel Fishman, of Beverly, a self-titled Libertarian, has reached the signature requirement that ... The 44-year-old software engineer has never run for public office ...

http://www.fishmanforcongress.com/


14 posted on 09/09/2012 6:56:12 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: SMGFan

Pass. We can afford to lose this seat.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 6:59:42 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: raccoonradio; LS; campaignPete R-CT; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; ...

That’s the problem with the NRCC. They wet their panties over left-wing establishment perv creeps like Tisei while they ignore or write off outsider Conservatives whom will actually change the status quo. Tierney is awful, but if we have to go so low as to consider people like Tisei to remove him, what exactly do we Conservatives win ?


16 posted on 09/09/2012 8:55:48 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Oh stop!...*chuckle*


17 posted on 09/09/2012 9:07:37 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; DarthVader; All
A flaming poof GOP vs. a corrupt to the bone RAT.

What a choice.

My complete, total and absolute hatred for all things RAT outweighs my disdain for sexual deviants who engage in behaviors that ensure they'll die from deviant-related disease and relegate their souls to Hell in the process.

If this was my district, I'd vote against the RAT.

18 posted on 09/09/2012 9:19:09 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: LS

>>Pass. We can afford to lose this seat.<<

I disagree, unless he’s not only openly gay, but is also dead set on overturning traditional marriage and is one of those LGBT types that terrorizes anyone who disagrees with them.

Some people are gay. They aren’t all left wing loons. We need to distinguish between those who are, and those who just want to live an openly gay lifestyle but otherwise support conservative principles.

There’s a huge difference between protecting gays from bigots and advancing the liberal gay agenda. I can’t tell from the article which camp this guy falls into, but given that he’s running as a Republican, I suspect it’s the former.


19 posted on 09/09/2012 9:41:38 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Norseman; GOPsterinMA

dude.
well known fact that he supports gay marriage.

re-elect Tierney. Vote Libertarian Fishman.


20 posted on 09/09/2012 9:52:07 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Please see my post. I understand that the poofs are content in losing their souls; let them.

However, if a fag provides another vote to keep Pelosi out of the Speaker’s chair, and make my life here on Earth less Hellish, I’ll take it.

Don’t like it, but a queer Republican is still better than any RAT.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 10:06:13 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

if we need lefty gay marriage GOPers to keep Pelosi out ... forget it. it comes with a price ... gets influence on who the GOP leadership is, weakens opposition to repeal of DOMA, strengthens the argument for more pro-gay Republicans. SCREW THAT!!!

WHAT DID THE LIBERAL SCUM GOP DO FOR DOUG HOFFMAN IN NY-23? THEY SUPPORTED OWENS THE DEM. SCREW THEM. RE-ELECT TIERNEY.


22 posted on 09/09/2012 10:18:24 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

No need to scream at me.


23 posted on 09/09/2012 10:25:13 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Dan Fishman is running on the Libertarian ticket. Know anything about him?


24 posted on 09/09/2012 11:47:05 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: gusopol3
Why can’t this go national the way the Republicans were held to account in ‘06 for Mark Foley’s alleged crimes.

There are no more Congressional pages and Tierney wasn't emailing any of them.

But Garry Studds -- a Massachusetts Congressman a generation back -- was sexually involved with male pages and it didn't hurt him at the polls, so maybe if Tierney were into that sort of thing it could actually help him with voters.

Tierney's scandal is typical money stuff, the sort of thing that never goes national, unless it involves somebody higher up than Tierney is. A story about a crooked wife and her crooked brothers doesn't usually travel very far.

Mark Foley's scandal took on significance because of the timing. Republicans were in real trouble that year and the Foley thing added fire to the flames because of the scandalous nature of the accusations, which came out close to the election.

25 posted on 09/09/2012 12:09:07 PM PDT by x
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To: scrabblehack
"I cannot willfully support a party that passed the Defense of Marriage Act." -- Dan Fishman

Certainly not the alternative some people are looking for.

But I have to admit that "Fishman" would be a good name for a Congressman representing the Gorton's of Gloucester fisherman.

26 posted on 09/09/2012 12:16:06 PM PDT by x
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To: scrabblehack

Daniel Fishman, of Beverly, a self-titled Libertarian, has reached the signature requirement that ... The 44-year-old software engineer has never run for public office ...

http://www.fishmanforcongress.com/


27 posted on 09/09/2012 12:17:35 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

We have one worthwhile Republican running in the 4th District. See tagline.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 12:27:44 PM PDT by j_tull (Keep Congress Kennedy Free - Sean Bielat for Congress #MA4)
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To: j_tull

yep, Go Sean.

i would support jay Fleitman in the 2nd, but he decided not to run this year. Dumb decision the GOP made in ‘10, not to back him.


29 posted on 09/09/2012 12:33:15 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

oh that’s right I forgot about him—I don’t know how many votes he’ll get but he’ll be taking anti-Tierney votes away from Tisei, perhaps enough to sway the election to Tierney.

It’s known as a straw. Ask “President Ross Perot” what happens when a third party (half decently strong) candidate runs. (or
as “Gov. Tim Cahill”—the candidate who helped Deval
win re-election)


30 posted on 09/09/2012 2:04:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

it would be a good thing if the L takes votes from Tisei. It is better if Tierney wins.

Unless you are the kind of GOPer who like any R even the ones who are pro-gay-marriage.


31 posted on 09/09/2012 2:26:44 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

Well keep in mind MA has Republicans, Democrats—and many unenrolleds. Some unenrolleds may be fiscal conservatives and social liberals/moderates—and Brown, Tisei, and Romney have some hope, but there are a lot of statist Dems out there too (esp. gov. workers and their relatives and friends.) Which is good for the Tierney Crime Family.

The GOP is always in the minority. RINOs like Brown and Romney are the best we can do (believe me). What else, start a third party? That’s a no-go either. (If you can run a true conservative in MA and have them win, more power to you, but remember this is Massachusetts.)

Sometimes there is someone interesting running but they run into problems. Look at Sean Bielat in the 4th, very promising for a GOP pick up—so who do the Dems run vs him?
JoeJoeJoe Kennedy. It’s tough.


32 posted on 09/09/2012 2:33:54 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio
One comment someone posted to an artidle on Tisei's facebook:

>> This is an excellent article that shows how Richard is fiscally smart, and independent minded on some social issues. To me, he is a solid bipartisan fiscal conservative. It's ok to have appropriate levels of social government programs, but not at the expense of gutting the private economy and/or trillion dollar deficits. I believe he represents the modern Massachusetts consensus. Get em Richard!


Tisei's page also shows him at an ALS fundraiser and he says members of his family have been personally affected by it.
Or we could get this wonderful couple back in for 2 more years. Conservatives For Tierney...

33 posted on 09/09/2012 2:42:41 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

(of course some will be upset by the “bipartisan” part but will Tierney actually toss us a few bones, or go solidly
“...progressive...” in his votes?)


34 posted on 09/09/2012 2:43:44 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: SMGFan

They can have him. We don’t need open homosexuals in our party.


35 posted on 09/09/2012 2:45:05 PM PDT by Woodsman27
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To: campaignPete R-CT; raccoonradio

“The gay marriage GOPers in MASS can go pound sand. I think you’re on the wrong site supporting Gay radicalism dressed up with a GOP bow.”

I’m not supporting anything you schmuck. I was simply stating a fact. Rich Tisei is a piece of $hit, but he’s still better than John Tierney. If it means so much so you, move to Mass do you can vote for Tierney.


36 posted on 09/09/2012 2:52:46 PM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: raccoonradio

i volunteered for Scott Brown for 6 mos. Full time for last 6 weeks. Tisei can go screw, worthless garbage wanting to repeal DOMA.


37 posted on 09/09/2012 3:22:58 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (and we are still campaigning for local conservatives in central CT.)
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To: SMGFan

Richard Tisei promises gay newspaper he’ll push homosexual agenda on several fronts
http://www.massresistance.org/docs/govt10/election10/baker_tisei/tisei_promises_gay_agenda.html

Richard Tisei:
Gay activist. Recently “came out” as a homosexual. Proudly embraces the homosexual lifestyle and pushes its agenda in Legislature.

Gay marriage. Supports same-sex “marriage”. Voted NOT to let the people vote on Marriage Amendment.

Fifth columnist. Bragged in homosexual magazine that “The margin of victory was provided by Republicans” in effort to deny vote on Marriage Amendment. Actively working to move the Republican party leftward.

Gay propaganda. Appears in an aggressive pro-homosexual “marriage” propaganda video produced by the homosexual lobby. Includes a number of questionable (i.e., phony) statistics.

Transgender bill. Co-sponsor of radical Transgender Rights and Hate Crimes Bill (H1728).

Abortion. Strongly supports abortion. Rated 100% by NARAL and 100% by Planned Parenthood.

Buffer zone. Co-sponsored the expanded buffer zone bill around abortion clinics.

Hostile to religious faith. Co-sponsored the “emergency contraception bill” that was vetoed by Gov. Mitt Romney because it would force Catholic hospital workers to act against their faith.

High taxes. Voted against several bills to reduce taxes, earning him the wrath of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Tisei was the only Senate Republican who voted against the tax rollback in May 2000.

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/govt10/election10/baker_tisei/index.html


38 posted on 09/09/2012 6:36:30 PM PDT by massmike (The choice is clear in November: Romney or Caligula!)
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To: montag813
We need him in the caucus like we needed Mike Castle.

Mike Castle is a tea partier compared to Tisei.

39 posted on 09/09/2012 6:43:54 PM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Calling it now, 2020 Republican nominee.


40 posted on 09/09/2012 9:58:46 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

Win or lose. Katherine Clark trounces whoever does in 2014.


41 posted on 09/10/2012 6:25:52 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: randita; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

They have a chance, though it’s more from the weakness of the Democrat running.


42 posted on 09/11/2012 5:25:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; campaignPete R-CT; GOPsterinMA; unkus; ...

Tierney is an execrable piece of filth, but Tisei is just about the least appetizing Republican candidate possible. I have endorsed and even donated to openly gay Republican congressional candidates in the past (Matthew Berry, a pro-life conservative, in VA-08 in 2010), but Tisei (i) is in favor of same-sex marriage and wants to repeal DOMA and (ii) is 100% pro-abortion. I’ll just sit this one out, thank you.

I’m glad that I don’t live in that district, since I wouldn’t know for whom to vote. I guess I’d write someone in: perhaps Essex County Republican Sheriff Frank Cousins (the first black county sheriff in Massachusetts history), who should have run for the seat. http://www.mass.gov/essexsheriff/biowelcome%20frank%20g.%20cousins,%20jr..html

BTW, if Tisei gets elected, he would be only the second Republican U.S. Representative since Roe v. Wade not to have been pro-life. Yes, Paul Cronin, Silvio Conte, Margaret Heckler and Peter Blute all had pro-life voting records; Peter Torkildsen has been the only pro-abortion Republican in the House since Roe v. Wade.


43 posted on 09/11/2012 6:16:21 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; randita
Bottom line for me: It's one more vote that keeps Pelosi out of the Speaker's chair. She'd be a backbencher.

But, I don't live in the district, so I can't vote for her and I certainly wouldn't donate to her.

Sheriff Frank Cousins. I've mentioned that the MA GOP should look at the Sheriffs for Gubernatorial candidates. We have a few good ones (yes, as surprising as that sounds) here. Lew Evangelidis and Tom Hodgson would be fine choices.

44 posted on 09/11/2012 6:33:26 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: SMGFan
Tisei is not the only Republican in Massachusetts with a decent shot at a seat. Sean Bielat (who gave Barney Frank a scare last time around) is running against some tousle-haired Kennedy kid. I'm seeing his signs pop up everywhere as I drive through Newton-Wellesley.
45 posted on 09/11/2012 6:39:49 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: GOPsterinMA

Unfortunately, until the GOP gets enough legislators to sustain a veto, the Governor’s job is a nothing-burger office for any Republican (and they only end up causing more damage to the party, as we saw with the 16 years of RINOs from Weld to Willard).


46 posted on 09/11/2012 6:39:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

True, but, dammit, I don’t want “Tiny” Tim Murray as the next gov.

He makes Coupe Deval look Einstein-ian by comparison.


47 posted on 09/11/2012 6:45:15 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: raccoonradio; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; DarthVader; ...

“Look at Sean Bielat in the 4th, very promising for a GOP pick up—so who do the Dems run vs him?
JoeJoeJoe Kennedy. It’s tough.”

I hope Sean Bielat (who I have donated to) gets a position in the Romney/Ryan Administration. He’s a good man!

Raccoon, Tisei/Tierney is your district, right? I was up in Newburyport Labor Day weekend and saw more Tisei signs than Tierney signs...what are you seeing? I do think Tisei will win.


48 posted on 09/11/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Paul Cellucci was on TV a couple months back...the Lou Gehrig’s is really taking a toll on him. Very sad.


49 posted on 09/11/2012 6:50:01 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: SamAdams76; raccoonradio; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; randita; ...

I love the guy (no, not in that way, and have contributed to him) but there’s no way Kennedy is going to lose.

If that DID happen, then there’s an excellent chance Romney wins MA.


50 posted on 09/11/2012 6:50:17 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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