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Presenting This Year’s Republican Team

by David Trumbull

July 25, 2008

A lot rides on this November’s Presidential Election. Senator McCain and Senator Obama offer very different views on the two biggest issues in this election—the economy and on the war on terrorism. Arguably even more important—but, sadly, not foremost in the minds of many voters—is the Supreme Court. The next president could easily end up making one, two, or even more appointments to the court. Will they be strict constructionists appointed by McCain? Judges who will guard our liberties guaranteed by the Constitution against the attempts by pandering politicians who would use the power of the state to reward their favorites and punish their opponents. Or will they be Obama appointees who understand their job not as interpreters of the law but as imposers of a radical elitist agenda not supported by the America people?

Here at home in Massachusetts much rides on our state elections also. With every statewide office and every seat in our congressional delegation occupied by a Democrat and with huge Democratic Party majorities in both houses of the legislature, there is no balance, no accountability, and little regard for the will of the voters or the good of the Commonwealth.

Some men and women are trying to change our all but one party state. They are our 2008 Republican Team.

Jeffrey K. Beatty of Harwich is running as Republican candidate for United States Senator. He is challenging an incumbent who has so little distinguished himself that he faces a serious challenge even for his own party’s nomination. Four Republican candidates are running for congress as well.

Thirty-eight Republican candidates are on the September 16, 2008 Primary ballot in 37 of the 160 Massachusetts representative districts. The only contested Republican primary this year is in the Second Middlesex District. Currently there are 19 Republican representatives, 16 of whom are seeking re-election. Three Republican incumbents are not seeking re-election but other Republicans are running in those districts. In ten districts where Republicans are running there is no Democrat's name on the primary ballot.

In the Massachusetts Senate there are currently five Republican members and 35 Democrats. All five Republican senators are seeking re-election. In three of those districts no Democratic candidate's name appears on the September 16, 2008 Primary ballot. Four Republican hopefuls are running for seats currently occupied by Democrats.

For a complete list of the Republican Team see the Boston Republican blog

[David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.]