Stephen Lynch Avoids Debates – Mac D'Alessandro Goes Negative

Mac' Anti-Lynch Flier

The race between Mac D’Alessandro and Rep. Stephen Lynch in the 9th Congressional always had the potential to go negative. Mac’s campaign was always at its core about seeking a progressive alternative to Stephen Lynch’s “independent” record – or as some progressives view it “DINO” record.

At first D’Alessandro tried delivering that message with upbeat ads about him being an positive alternative to Lynch. We saw this with his apple-inspired “I’m a Mac” ad.

But as the race comes down to the final few days D’Alessandro’s campaign has gone sharply negative. Mac now has a gray anti-Lynch web site that goes after Lynch in the rawest terms possible, declaring “Stephen Lynch’s Bad Votes Have Hurt Our Community”.

And now most recently, the D’Alessandro campaign has been mailing out an over the top flier comparing Stephen Lynch to Benedict Arnold. (h/t lmt politics, and universal hub)

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Lynch Avoiding Debates

Stephen Lynch Bad Votes

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Lynch has been carefully avoiding debates with D’Alessandro. D’Alessandro really needs a forum to engage Lynch on the issues – and all through the campaign Lynch has successfully denied it to him.

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He was able to corner Lynch into a short televised debate on Jon Keller’s At Large. It wasn’t enough time, and D’Alessandro didn’t score the home run he needed.

This past Wednesday Lynch didn’t make it to a Candidate’s Forum at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham – citing a prior commitment. It would have been a great opportunity for D’Alessandro ask Lynch about some controversial votes. But without Lynch, there was little media attention and Lynch quietly dodged another debate venue.

Conor Yunits of MassBeacon fame is working with the Lynch campaign and contacted us to let us know there will still be two debates:

There is a second debate scheduled Thursday night on Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, and a forum Thursday afternoon in Norwood.

The event in Norwood may be something that is being organized by the Norwood Council On Aging, but I can’t find any specific information on it. I can’t find reference to an appearance by Lynch and D’Alessandro on Emily Rooney’s show.

D’Alessandro got a really nice endorsement from the Globe this weekend, but perhaps this was too little too late. He really could have used some articles earlier in the season taking Lynch to task for avoiding debates.

D’Alessandro has so far been unable to generate the kind of heat behind his campaign that would have forced Lynch to show up at debates to answer Mac. And perhaps it is this frustration that is causing Mac to go negative at the end of the race.

6 Comments

  • September 7, 2010 - 4:31 am | Permalink

    Criticizing Lynch’s voting record seems completely fair and reasonable in a campaign for US Congress. Either Lynch does a good job representing his constituents or he doesn’t. Look at his votes and you’ll probably decide he doesn’t, too.

  • September 7, 2010 - 5:40 am | Permalink

    The issues Mac brings up are absolutely legitimate. His support comes from the large number of people who are really unhappy with Lynch’s voting record. I’m just calling attention to the fact that Mac has gone sharply negative toward the end of the campaign.

  • doc
    September 7, 2010 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    “He really could have used some articles earlier in the season taking Lynch to task for avoiding debates.

    D’Alessandro has so far been able to generate the kind of heat behind his campaign that would have forced Lynch to show up at debates to answer Mac. ”

    Good point…it’s too bad that bloggers only pick up stories when there’s “negative” mailers!

    Why haven’t there been blogs on Lynch’s ludicrous ducking of any issues/substance? Seems like the blogosphere is playing along w/ Lynch’s substance free, mock offense/alarm at “negative” campaigns.

    • Republican in the 9th
      September 10, 2010 - 3:09 am | Permalink

      If you look at Lynch’s campaign website under “Issues” it says coming soon. It has been that way all summer. Guess Lynch can’t make up his mind?

  • September 7, 2010 - 4:22 pm | Permalink
  • Republican in the 9th
    September 10, 2010 - 3:07 am | Permalink

    Why is no one talking about the fact that there are two Republican candidates in the 9th as well? Keith Lepor won the Plymouth County GOP Straw poll with 92% of the vote and also got the Boston Globe endorsement as the Republican candidate. Keith will positively challenge the Democratic primary winner.

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