Rep. James Murphy has some challengers in Weymouth’s 4th Norfolk district. The candidates are:
- Rep. James Murphy (D)
- Kevin Whitaker (D)
- Michael Wilcox (R)
- Douglas Ness (R) -
- Robert Montgomey Thomas (I)
The district went heavily for Scott Brown ( 62% – 38% ). This is now fertile ground for Republican challengers. On the other hand Murphy has crushed Republican challengers in the last three elections. (Douglas Jeeden by 67% in 2004, and Robert Montgomery Thomas by 67% in 2006 and 2008).
Murphy has said he is considering running for Delahunt’s open 10th Congressional.
Kevin Whitaker (D), a Weymouth Town Councillor, has taken out papers to run for Murphy’s seat – but has been non committal about actually running. It seems he is waiting to see if Murphy runs for Congress. Michael Wilcox (R) also took out papers, but has since decided against running – but has said he is “keeping is options open”. So, he may yet run also.
Thomas has run several times, twice against Murphy and once for Weymouth Mayor, all unsuccessfully. In all the years he has been running he hasn’t been able to get any campaign money, and has no campaign organization that I can see.
Doug Ness is a newcomer to politics and it seems he is definitely running. I read through his site – he is definitely working to engage in a dialog with the voters. His site actually allows voters to post comments and ask questions. I wish more candidates did things like this. His message is not as tightly focused as it needs to be to be successful. There is something a little “Glenn Beck” about it – a little too much hyperbole. But he has time to refine it – and he’s the only challenger really working at it right now.
Murphy is a 5 term incumbent, an attorney and former prosecutor. A lot of his legislative efforts are focused on environmental issues.
What doesn’t look so good about Murphy is how his campaign is financed. He’s got filings starting in 2002 ( 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 ). It’s a very typical story. Starting in 2003, he suddenly has a lot of PAC money. Not so much from lobbyists, but he did get some from William F. Coyne lobbyist for R J Reynolds, Alria, Exxon Mobil etc. The expenditure side looks ok, with most of the money going to legitimate campaign expenses. I’ll do a more in depth analysis when this race heats up.