[ed_note]We received this press release from Mac D’Alessandro, who is challenging Rep. Steven Lynch for the 9th Congressional District seat. Is it fair? We’ll have some commentary afterwards.[/ed_note]
[section_spacer]Mac Dâ€™Alessandro, Democratic candidate for Congress from Massachusettsâ€™ 9th district, called on Stephen Lynch today to disavow the statement of his spokesman, Scott Ferson, that working families represent a â€œspecial interest.â€
â€œI have spent my career fighting for working families and standing up to special interests,â€ said Dâ€™Alessandro. â€œI would hope that Stephen Lynch knows the difference between the working families of the 9th district and real special interests, like the giant corporations whose PAC checks line Lynchâ€™s campaign account.â€
During this most recent fundraising quarter alone, Lynch received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from the Political Action Committees (PACâ€™s) of big banks and other major corporations, including Bank of America, Financial Services Institute, Mass Mutual, New York Life, Putnam, and Raytheon. Earlier in the year, Lynch also received contributions from the PACâ€™s of companies including Citizens Financial, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, and State Street.
Dâ€™Alessandro continued, â€œIâ€™m running for Congress to be an advocate in Washington for working families and to be a check on the special interests – like big banks, insurance companies, and Wall Street – that have controlled the agenda in Washington for too long.â€
In a Dedham Transcript story posted online today (â€œMac Dâ€™Alessandro makes campaign stop in Dedhamâ€), Ferson refers Dâ€™Alessandro and his platform of fighting for working families as â€œthe classic special interest candidate.â€ Itâ€™s not the first time that Ferson has referred to Dâ€™Alessandroâ€™s career of fighting for working families in this pejorative fashion. In a Politico story earlier this month (â€œLynch challenge not just about health careâ€), Ferson dubbed Dâ€™Alessandroâ€™s campaign on behalf of working families a â€œclassic special-interest candidacy.â€
In Washington, Dâ€™Alessandro will work to create good-paying jobs, keep families facing foreclosure in their homes, make health care affordable for families and small businesses, provide a quality public education for all our kids, and hold health insurance companies and Wall Street accountable.
[ed_note]Here is Scott Ferson’s Statement from the article:
Scott Ferson, a Lynch campaign spokesman, responded that â€œDâ€™Alessandro is the classic special interest candidate. He is running because his employer was upset at the congressmanâ€™s vote on health care. I call that special interest,â€
D’Alessandro’s arrugment seems to be that Scott Ferson said D’Alessandro is a “special interest candidate” and and since D’Alessandro is running on a platform of supporting “working families” that it must mean that Ferson, and possibly Lynch think that working families are a special interest.
In that quote Ferson is talking about D’Alessandro’s focus on the Lynch’s controversial vote against the recent health care reform bill.
Is this really a fair criticism of Ferson and Lynch?[/ed_note]