Mike Franco for State Senate 2014! Message Board › Tea Partae Non Gratae
Valley Advocate News Brief excerpt:
With his party’s backing now secured, Bartley lost no time refocusing on the November general election, which he described on his campaign’s Facebook page as a “a battle royale of Democratic values against Tea Party extremism.”
Invoking the specter of the Tea Party is an irresistible move for a Democratic candidate in the largely left-leaning Valley, especially in the midst of the current battles in Washington. But Humason, in response to Bartley’s comment, told the media that he’s not a Tea Party Republican and presented himself as a more middle-of-the-road, common-sense candidate than a conservative extremist.
Indeed, of the two Republicans in last week’s primary, the easier target for anti-Tea Party sentiments was Franco, who’s been active in that movement. Humason’s voting record puts him somewhat to the right of Knapik, for whom Humason once worked as a legislative aide. On a recent legislative scorecard of the 2011-12 session put together by Progressive Massachusetts, Knapik voted the “progressive” position on a number of key issues 38 percent of the time, while Humason earned a progressive mark of 31.5 percent. Knapik was the only Republican in the state Legislature to vote for the new, Democratic-supported state budget and a $500 million transportation bill that included an increase in the gasoline tax; Humason voted against both.• —MT