Mac D'Alessandro: Does Stephen Lynch Stand By His Spokesman’s Statement that Working Families Represent a “Special Interest”?

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[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 D’Alessandro, Democratic candidate for Congress from Massachusetts’ 9th district, called on Stephen Lynch today to disavow the statement of his spokesman, Scott Ferson, that working families represent a “special interest.”

“I have spent my career fighting for working families and standing up to special interests,” said D’Alessandro. “I 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 Lynch’s campaign account.”

During this most recent fundraising quarter alone, Lynch received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from the Political Action Committees (PAC’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 PAC’s of companies including Citizens Financial, Fidelity Investments, John Hancock, Liberty Mutual, and State Street.

Mac D'Alessandro

D’Alessandro continued, “I’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.”

In a Dedham Transcript story posted online today (“Mac D’Alessandro makes campaign stop in Dedham”), Ferson refers D’Alessandro and his platform of fighting for working families as “the classic special interest candidate.” It’s not the first time that Ferson has referred to D’Alessandro’s career of fighting for working families in this pejorative fashion. In a Politico story earlier this month (“Lynch challenge not just about health care”), Ferson dubbed D’Alessandro’s campaign on behalf of working families a “classic special-interest candidacy.”

In Washington, D’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 “D’Alessandro is the classic special interest candidate. He is running because his employer was upset at the congressman’s vote on health care. I call that special interest,”

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]

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6 Comments

  • Guest
    July 29, 2010 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Ferson was not saying at all that working families are a special interest. He was saying that “his employer was upset at the congressman’s vote on health care” is an example of a special interest. It seems like D'Alessandro is completely wrong with that quote.

  • July 29, 2010 - 10:28 pm | Permalink

    This is an example of a long-shot candidate trying to create a news story when there is really nothing of substance to discuss.

    For a real alternative to Steven Lynch, (whose image is that of a conservative Democrat while his voting record is in sync with Speaker Pelosi), you need to check out GOP challenger Keith Lepor. He is the only candidate in this race who will reign in government spending, repeal Obamacare and preserve Constitutional limitations on federal power. His website is at http://www.keithlepor2010.com and he's on Twitter @KeithLeporMA

  • July 31, 2010 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I wonder how much chance Lepor really has. Lynch is perceived as pretty moderate. Only if D'Alessandro wins the Democratic primary does one of the Republican candidates have a real chance.

    I would be great to hear from Lepor on our blog directly.

  • guest
    August 1, 2010 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I think Ferson was referring to the fact that Mac works for the SEIU. He didn't rise through the ranks as a worker like Lynch did with his union. He was basically a hired gun by SEIU to represent their interests. There's a huge difference between a worker who put on the boots and works the trade for nearly 20 years and a guy who is hired by a major union, and never worked a day in his life at the trade. Mac gets it. he's just being cute.

  • Noah
    August 19, 2010 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    This is a D+11 district. It would take a really well financed candidate to win. D’Alessandro has a name recognition problem, imagine the problems for Lepor.

  • Noah
    August 19, 2010 - 7:24 am | Permalink

    This is a D+11 district. It would take a really well financed candidate to win. D'Alessandro has a name recognition problem, imagine the problems for Lepor.

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