Robert Montgomery Thomas has reached out to us with a statement on why he’s running for state Representative in Weymouth. Mr. Thomas has run for this representative seat several times, and for Weymouth Mayor. His statement is interesting reading, and gives some insight into Weymouth politics. We also have a video from his 2007 run for Weymouth Mayor.
In response to your March 14 blog â€œRep. James Murphy Has Many Challengers in Weymouthâ€, which I came across by accident, I would like to add my comments and some much-needed clarification. My name is Bob Montgomery Thomas, the non-Party candidate for state rep in Weymouth.
For some background, I was a registered Republican (starting out in my hometown of Philadelphia) for 45 years â€“ up until last year. Thatâ€™s a bit longer than the new MAGOP chair has been here on planet Earthâ€¦ But I digressâ€¦ For all that time, I considered myself an Eisenhower Republican â€“ and I still do. The fundamental problem is that the MAGOP doesnâ€™t know who Eisenhower was and neither do they care. But thatâ€™s another story for another day.
In your piece you said that Weymouth is now fertile ground for Republicans because of Scott Brownâ€™s victory. Quoting the great line from the movie Airplane: â€œShirley you jest!â€ You also stated as fact that Murphy â€œcrushedâ€ his last three GOP opponents by wide margins. Well if you knew anything at all about Weymouth, as you suggest, those margins of â€œvictoryâ€ are the norms in this heavily Democrat-indoctrinated town. But why let facts get in the way of your piece?
For the record, the 2004 candidate was Doug Veeder, a newcomer to Weymouth who had then-recently moved here from Norwalk, CT. I was unavailable as a candidate that year because I was working in Stamford, CT and didnâ€™t move back to my house in Weymouth full-time until midway through that election cycle. I helped Doug as I could and donated to his campaign although I didnâ€™t think he had that much of a chance; even though the GOP State Committee donated quite a bit to his campaign and fronted him an intern to help out.
When I decided to run in 2006, I met with the MAGOP mucky-mucks who welcomed my candidacy â€“ until I told them at the end of the meeting that if elected, I would represent the people of Weymouth before I would represent the MAGOP. That would be my job, I told them. As fate would have it, the very next day at about 8:00 AM, I had a GOP primary opponent, who had recently moved here from Utah. Perhaps youâ€™ll start to see a pattern emerging here.
Well I won the Primary but lost the General â€“ as I had expected in both contests. There was no way the (D)â€™s were going to let a â€œcarpetbaggerâ€ like me (thatâ€™s what Murphyâ€™s legislative aide once called me), who had only lived here for 19 years at that time, win over a born and raised in Weymouth boy. I was so absolutely crushed that the young woman could think of me as a carpetbagger that for a fleeting moment, I was considering asking her to kiss me someplace special. But being a gentleman I declined.
In 2008, the MAGOP dredged up a guy older than me (and Iâ€™m older than dirt myself) from Hingham to run against me in the Primary. Unfortunately, no one told him or showed him how to or helped him to get the required signatures. At the end of the day, the local GOP town committee didnâ€™t even know that a Republican HAD gathered and submitted double the required signatures â€“ and neither did they care.
In 2006 I did get a few local donations â€“ akin to trying to pull teeth from a chicken â€“ because most Republicans in Weymouth do absolutely NADA to help a candidate and then afterward blame the candidates for losing. Such is life in the big city I guess. And yes, I did get the normal 70-30 spread â€“ or â€œcrushing defeatâ€ â€“ as you are wont to describe it.
So my plan for 2008 was to get my signatures and get on the ballot and do absolutely nothing in the way of spending or campaigning â€“ just as a test. Well lucky me, the â€œcrushingâ€ point spread was just about the same. My plan of action after that, naturally, was to run again this year because I donâ€™t give up easily. It was after Tim Cahill departed his former Party that I figured it was time for the MAGOP and me to bid each other fond adieu as well. And so here I am, a non-Party candidate â€“ an unenrolled, unaffiliated lone wolf running against Murphy not because heâ€™s a Democrat but because he has been woefully ineffective all these years.
Oops, I almost forgot that the GOP has a candidate this year. How did I miss that? Could it be that he recently moved here from Medfield where, as fate and cosmic alignment would have it, MAGOP Chair Nassour and her hubby have their law practice? Could it be that the MAGOP was planning another Primary opponent surprise for me this year? To quote Sarah Palin, â€œYou betcha!â€ I still canâ€™t think of the new guyâ€™s name but it will come to me eventuallyâ€¦ I thinkâ€¦
Now as for my lack of a campaign organization and a lack of donations for the cause, I can afford to front my own campaign. That being said, Iâ€™d rather spend the money on my grandchildren than hope and pray that the voters of Weymouth may have finally seen the light and finally recognize that my leadership skills, ability to think outside the box and community involvement over the years is a real plus. Iâ€™ll be taking a wait and see approach because requests thus far have been ignored. And I REALLY hate the begging bit to begin with because then people think they own you. Just ask Jamie Murphy.
As far as Kevin Whitaker taking out papers and Murphy running for Congress â€“ those were just local jokes. We have plenty of them here. Besides, Murphyâ€™s old man was NEVER going to spend that kind of money on his kid, even if they have and inter-use the same name for real-estate purchases. Papa lives vicariously through the lad you know. And Big Jim (heâ€™s actually a runt) has some longing idea that his Laddie boy is going to be the next Irish-Catholic president.
Before I leave, perhaps some day I will share with you that when Murphy ran for Paul Haleyâ€™s vacated seat (where he â€œcrushedâ€ Victor Pap by a 70-30 margin on May 22, 2001), he was actually living in Quincy in one of his fatherâ€™s two condos (thatâ€™s another fine story). He was fraudulently using his parentsâ€™ Weymouth address. His motherâ€™s computer room was purportedly his â€bedroomâ€ during the campaign. It was really only his bedroom when he was just a wee lad. But why let that stand in the way of Truth, Justice and the American Way?