Category Archives: Ross Harkins Smulowitz

Norfolk Bristol & Middlesex – Needham, Wrentham, North Attleborough, Millis, Sherborn, Norfolk, Plainville, Wayland, and parts of Attleboro, Natick, Wellesley, and Franklin – Lida Harkins, Richard Ross, Peter Smulowitz, Rich Mitchell

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Facebook Analysis: Norfolk, Bristol & Middlesex

Richard Ross has many friends.

I did another Facebook analysis of the other special election for Scott Brown’s old seat. The same caveats apply: this is a crude measure of support. It all depends on how much effort each candidate has put into their Facebook outreach, and the demographics of their supporters. But it does give us some insight into how much support they have and how well organized their campaign is.

Lets jump right to the numbers:

The only real story here is – look at how many friends Ross has. He outpaces both of this competitors combined – by 2-1. Either he has a ton more grass roots support – or he’s got a pretty aggressive Facebook program – or probably both. He’s been in politics for more than a decade so maybe its not so surprising. read more »

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Lida Harkins funded by Lobbyists

Wrentham Center

An analysis of the campaign financing for the candidates for Scott Brown’s open state Senate seat shows that Richard Ross, Peter Smulowitz and Rich Mitchell have taken almost no contributions from lobbyists or PAC’s. Lida Harkins filings show a disturbing amount of financing by lobbyists and PACs – and a penchant for shopping.

Lets start by looking at the amount of money each candidate had on hand when they last filed disclosures in January:

  • Lida Harkins (D) – $7,192
  • Richard Ross (R) – $14,205
  • Peter Smulowitz (D) – $27,851
  • Rich Mitchell (I)  – Late entrant not yet filed.

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Scott Brown's Seat is Wide Open

These are the candidates I know about who are running to fill Scott Brown’s seat:

There aren’t a lot of candidates yet, but this should be an interesting race because this seat could go Democrat or Republican.