Brad Marston: On Political Courage it's really no contest

Brad Marston

Brad Marston scores perfect 100% on national organization’s Political Courage Test

The Friends of Brad Marston Committee announced today that Project Vote Smart, a major national non-partisan research organization has released the results of its Political Courage Test.

According to information posted on their website www.VoteSmart.org, Brad Marston who is challenging Democratic incumbent Representative Marty Walz in the Eighth Suffolk District scored 100%. Representative Walz scored 0%.

The following statement was posted on Representative Walz’s page on the organization’s website:

“Representative Martha ‘Marty’ Walz refused to tell citizens where he/she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.”

In a statement to the press, Mr. Marston said “I think this typifies this race. When I first announced my candidacy, the incumbent indicated she wanted to run on her record. Instead she seems to be running from it.

I have offered common sense solutions to the problem of no net new jobs in this state for over a decade. She huge tax credits and government programs. I have offered specific ideas for cutting what the Boston Globe calls a bureaucracy that is bloated and dysfunctional. She has said nothing about how to close next year’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. She claims to have led the charge on ethics reform but has never explained her vote for Sal DiMasi for House Speaker just weeks before he resigned in disgrace.”

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About the Political Courage Test: The Political Courage Test is Project Vote Smart’s flagship program. It asks all candidates one central question: “Are you willing to tell citizens where you stand on the issues you may face if elected?” Candidates who reply “yes” are asked to address some key issues that are both consistently of top concern to the American people and also likely to come up in the next legislative session.

Test questions have been created designed and drafted by more than 200 of the nation’s most prominent political scientists, journalists, and leaders of the major and third political parties. Candidates’ Political Courage is measured by the number of top issues they are willing to address on the test, whether by choosing to support or oppose carefully researched policy options, or by answering the questions in their own words.

About Project Vote Smart: Founded by national leaders such as Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, Michael Dukakis and Newt Gingrich, Vote Smart researches the voting records, backgrounds, issue positions, campaign contributions, interest group ratings, and public statements of more than 40,000 candidates and elected officials.

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