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Running to Win: Eileen Duff for Governor's Council, Blog #2

Keep checking back for new blog posts from Eileen Duff, candidate for Governor's Council from the Fifth District in Massachusetts.

Friends –

Thanks again for checking in on my blog here on Patch. And thanks to Patch for making open discussions possible online.

This Thursday, we will be a mere seven weeks away from Primary Day. Indeed, Primary Day will fall on a Thursday this go around, on September 6th. This change in voting will, more than likely, cause a sharp decline in primary voters, making these last seven weeks all the more critical.

With that in mind, I have been working my DUFF off, hitting every corner of this enormous district. Each place I go, the folks I speak with have a similar outlook on the political scene: they want someone they can rely on to do an honest job on their behalf. They want someone who truly understands their needs and the needs of their friends, family and neighbors. To the average Joe, governing, and how to govern, is common sense. That’s why I think my campaign has such sustained momentum. After years of pounding the pavement, I know the wants and needs of the cities and towns of the Fifth District better than anyone in the race, and I believe the people of this district are always eager to vote for someone they can trust to carry their concerns to Beacon Hill.

We’ve had a blast visiting with voters across the district thus far. As I previously mentioned, I’ve been visiting senior centers and farmers markets, and the response has been incredible. This past week, I was privileged to attend the Light of Cambodian Children benefit in Lowell after being invited by a great supporter of mine, Lowell City Councilor Vesna Nuon. The work being done by Lowell residents of all backgrounds to ensure that kids are active in the summer and after school is commendable, and I am grateful for the reception I received by the attendees.

Additionally, I took in a day at the Greek Picnic in Ipswich. What an event, and what a turn out! The Greek community has always been so generous with their time and effort on behalf of our cities and towns, and the organizers of this event really outdid themselves. The food was incredible, and Greeks and non-Greeks alike turned out en masse to take it all in. Great job to everyone in Ipswich!

We’ll be out and about these next seven weeks hammering home the reasons why I believe I am the best candidate in the race. I believe it is not about being a lawyer, but about who has worked hardest on behalf of this district. And it seems the great people of the Fifth District agree with me!

I’ll see you out on the trail!

-Eileen

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Anne Sweeney August 08, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Informed Citizen, you are not an independent or a pragmatist. You are a registered liberal democrat, don't be afraid to come out ?
Laura Savage-Carr August 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Massachusetts is considering repealing its incest laws because they are "obsolete". Just kidding, but this was an actual headline in Switzerland a few years ago. Coming to Massachusetts soon? Since some of you don't care what happens in other people's bedrooms, you should have no problem when a father and son go to Town Hall to get a marriage license. Some Massachusetts judge will side with them if they are both consenting adults. Remember, you don't care what consenting adults do. There's no genetic risk to any offspring and it doesn't impact your family, remember. How about mother/daughter, brother/brother, sister/sister? Remember, some of you reminded us with examples of what wasn't "normal" in the past and now is common. Maybe this will be the new normal in a few years. Why stop at same sex incest? With “free” birth control and abortions readily available, opposite-sex partner incest could be allowed as well. Cont’d…
Laura Savage-Carr August 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
…Cont’d What if they promise to only engage in sodomy? No problem, as it won’t impact any offspring or your family. Maybe it has nothing to do with sex and a child just wants to add his/her parent, to a healthcare policy, or they want to avoid the death tax, or don’t want to have to testify against a “spouse” at a criminal trial. Remember, the new “marriage” definition is just as much about legal rights as it is about love. Consensual incest is already legal in many countries like China, France, Israel, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Turkey. So what’s stopping the US of A? Maybe Gov. Patrick, Ms. Duff and Massachusetts can lead the way and stop this oppression of consenting adults. Doesn’t sound so “normal” or “natural” now, does it?
RunningGreen August 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Laura, you are taking an issue and trying to scare people by assuming it will reach an extreme. For example, let's assume we are talking about global warming. There are Republicans who are opposed to energy measures for economic reasons, such as gas emission regulation. In order to try and win supporters, one global warming supporter may say that Republicans will allow factories to dump nuclear waste into oceans and will take away all environmental protection measures. Unfounded allegations such as those are absolutely not true and have no place in a political discussion. To assume that gay marriage will lead to "consensual incest" isn't making a informed argument. It is a deliberate attempt to scare voters by resorting to an unfounded extreme. I can understand (not agree with, though) someone who says that they are opposed to gay marriage because he or she believes marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. I can't begin to understand someone who is opposed to gay marriage because he or she believe it will lead to things like incest.
John Castelluccio August 09, 2012 at 03:54 PM
At this point, just about every related idea has been said on this general topic and then some, so it's time to move on and talk about other things.

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