Massachusetts Second District: A fight brewing

Tom Wesley

Tuesday’s winner of the Republican nomination in the Second Massachusetts Congressional district was Tom Wesley of Hopedale, beating Dr. Jay Fleitman of Northampton. He will now go on to face long term Democratic Congressman, Richard Neal. It should be a good fight.

When you look at the results by town, there are some interesting numbers.

First as expected, Wesley did well in the eastern part of the district and Fleitman did well in the western areas. With a few exceptions. The city of Springfield, a place where you would think Fleitman would score a huge win, was only a 177 vote victory for Fleitman, out of 1417 votes cast. The town of Leicester on the other hand, just outside of Worcester and one you might think would vote in favor of Wesley, Fleitman took it by one vote.  Wesley took Palmer which is closer to Springfield, by 68 votes.

City/Town Jay
Fleitman
Tom
Wesley
Agawam 589 450
Bellingham 120 429
Blackstone 48 269
Brimfield 99 112
Brookfield 52 60
Charlton 250 254
Chicopee 682 415
Douglas 42 367
Dudley 82 312
East Brookfield 70 54
East Longmeadow 434 283
Grafton 234 550
Hadley 119 26
Hampden 221 107
Holland 28 59
Hopedale 24 369
Leicester 279 278
Longmeadow 607 294
Ludlow 221 211
Mendon 70 217
Milford 101 616
Millbury 213 303
Millville 30 101
Monson 137 151
Northampton 238 62
Northbridge 140 463
North Brookfield 106 121
Oxford 171 383
Palmer 128 196
Southbridge 150 205
South Hadley 351 133
Spencer 265 204
Springfield 797 620
Sturbridge 159 254
Sutton 192 336
Upton 89 248
Uxbridge 97 385
Wales 22 73
Warren 93 82
Webster 93 320
Wilbraham 456 303
Total 8,299 10,675

Does Wesley have a chance?

So what does this say about the race with Richard Neal?  Wesley is a newcomer to the political arena, never having held public office before. Neal is a career politician who is part of the Democratic establishment, he is a former Mayor of Springfield, the largest city in the district. Neal hasn’t had a serious opponent in years, this year he has had two.

Wesley so far has run a “boots on the ground” campaign, knocking on doors, visiting diners and coffee shops, attending any event he can, he displays an energy (as did his Fleitman) which hasn’t been seen in this district in a long time. According to his website, he vows to go after Neal on the issues and on his record, which has meant Neal voting with Nancy Pelosi  98.4% of the time.

Neal is also known for “bringing in the money” for the district which is always hard to fight against. Wesley will have to turn this into a negative, which given the current economic climate, may not be hard.

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2 Comments

  • Bigdogmom48
    September 18, 2010 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I believe the fact that Tom is not a Washington insider is a positive. He doesn’t owe anyone anything so he can vote for US, his constituents, rather than special interests. Also, what good does it do to bring money to District 2 if we are all paying more for health insurance, energy, and in taxes. It just recycles our own money with the politicians sticky fingers deducting a share for themselves.

  • September 19, 2010 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    Most of the tax (payer’s) dollars requested by Neal do not go to the district; the majority goes to CA (University – to study civics!) and Ireland (a foundation I believe is in NYC) – Neal is in trouble when: there are actually “Neal for Congress” signs up in the Chicopee/Springfield area – big ones – on what appears to be public property (but may be private) (intersection of cabotville bridge and Granby Road) Bill Clinton rumored scheduled to visit – but may have thrown Neal under the bus in favor of Barney Frank and finally union officials emailing members to stand out on primary day to make Neal appear as if he weren’t vulnerable – it will be who comes out on Nov. 2nd, and how they vote – it’s doable for Wesley.

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