Needham Democrats Attempt to Heal Rift Between Harkins and Smulowitz Ahead of May 11th Election

Needham Town Hall

Democrats in Needham have been trying to heal the division between Smulowitz and Harkins supporters.

On Wednesday there was a “Democratic Unity” meeting at a private home in Needham. In attendance was John Walsh, the Democratic Party Chair, and a large number of old guard Needham Democratic activists. Peter Smulowitz was there, and though Lida was invited she didn’t show.


Smulowitz spoke to the group. He explained that he had called Lida after the election, but didn’t ask for her support because it had been shown to him in various ways that her support would not be forthcoming.

Peter called her again this Wednesday morning and reported that they had a good conversation – one he wished would have happened sooner. And he expressed sincere regret about the choice of words in his mailer. If he could do it again he would not have used the words “pocketed cash,” that he expressed this to Lida and apologized for what it suggested.

Attendees agreed that though feelings were hurt, as Democrats they had more in common than the controversy which is dividing them. This is an important election and there was a recognition that without unity, it was Democratic priorities that would suffer. There was some agreement that divisions like this, if they are not dealt with, can end up dividing Needham Democrats for decades. After all, it was divisions among Democrats in Needham that helped Scott Brown get elected to the very same Senate seat. It’s time to break that cycle.

There was some consternation that many Democrats were going to support Ross, putting their personal hurt feelings ahead of common policy interests that affect the whole community. Many in attendance also expressed some frustration that Harkins, and a few of her supporters were fanning the flames. Some also expressed the view that, while they thought Harkins had been unfairly treated, that her behavior since has caused them to lose some of their high regard for her.

Peter said that he would make himself available to any Needham Democrat who wants to talk about the issue with him, and urged people in the room to reach out to others and let them know also that they can get in touch with him to talk about it with him personally.

There was a sincere effort on all sides to try to come together before election day.

 

Smulowitz and Ross Debate

The Needham Times Endorses Ross

The Needham Times on Thursday endorsed Ross. The editors expressed some disagreement with Ross on some issues, like the Casino bill and didn’t support all of his tax cutting proposals. They praise him as principled legislator, and ethical person who is able to work across party lines.

The Times also expressed “some misgivings” about Smulowitz. They question the way he handled the rift with Ross, and why he didn’t reach out to her sooner, questioning if this isn’t a sign that he isn’t a good ‘coalition-builder.’

The Needham Times has kept a sharp focus on the controversy, covering it in detail since the primary. On Wednesday they posted a poll about it. Though not scientific the poll does hold some hope for Smulowitz. The great majority of respondents seem to side with him.

The Needham Times, and editor Greg Reibman in particular, have been drawing some criticism for their coverage. Many people in Needham have been asking if the Times isn’t putting too much attention on a personal squabble, instead of on the real issues of the campaign – the sharp policy differences between the two candidates. Ross has long been a strong a supporter of the Casino bill, Smulowitz is against it. Smulowitz is for funding more Democratic priorities, while Ross has long put an emphasis on tax cuts and reducing the role of Government. These are important issues that will affect the public long after the current controversy is forgotten.

The Times editors defend themselves that this is a legitimate story about what kind of leader Smulowitz will be.

There is a video of a debate between them from May 4th at Norfolk Cable.

It Will be up to the Voters to Decide What Issues Matter Most

In the primary, Smulowitz brought up a legitimate issue about Harkin’s campaign contributions. It was up to the voters to decide how much weight to give those allegations. Now, it’s up to the voters again to decide what is more important – policy differences between Ross and Smulowitz, or a perception that Smulowitz’ attack on Harkins was unfair.

More  than the original mailer, it’s how Smulowitz has handled it since which is more troubling to voters. Now they get to decide if this is indicative of the kind of leader Smulowitz would be, or if it’s just a public relations mistake by an inexperienced candidate.

Wednesday’s meeting went a long way toward healing the division among Needham Democratic activists. Whether that message gets out to the wider voting public remains to be seen.

32 Comments

  • May 7, 2010 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    He apologized. Can we all get over it now, and talk about the real issues?

    Getting your family and friends to donate to your campaign – $60,000
    A mailing to tell voters about your opponent’s unethical campaign contributions – $1,000
    Having voters ignore the real issues of independence and clean government:

    priceless

    • Anonymous
      May 9, 2010 - 7:25 am | Permalink

      Smulowitz’ campaign strategy is all too clear, now with his most recent attack flyer: sucker punch the opponent at the last minute.

      This isn’t “inexperience” – this is cold and calculating. And from a carpetbagger, no less, from California, who has barely lived in the district and got most of his campaign dollars from outside the district as well. Seems he can’t even show up at his Town Meeting, where he is a representative.

      Not the guy I want representing me!

      • Almond
        May 9, 2010 - 8:49 pm | Permalink

        You know, it’s quite offputting the way Needham people don’t want to allow anyone who wasn’t born here to have a say/role in any local governance.

        “I went to Newman School” shouldn’t be a reason to vote for someone, and yet it so often is here. So provincial.

  • May 7, 2010 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    He apologized. Can we all get over it now, and talk about the real issues?

    Getting your family and friends to donate to your campaign – $60,000
    A mailing to tell voters about your opponent’s unethical campaign contributions – $1,000
    Having voters ignore the real issues of independence and clean government:

    priceless

    • Anonymous
      May 9, 2010 - 3:25 am | Permalink

      Smulowitz’ campaign strategy is all too clear, now with his most recent attack flyer: sucker punch the opponent at the last minute.

      This isn’t “inexperience” – this is cold and calculating. And from a carpetbagger, no less, from California, who has barely lived in the district and got most of his campaign dollars from outside the district as well. Seems he can’t even show up at his Town Meeting, where he is a representative.

      Not the guy I want representing me!

      • Almond
        May 9, 2010 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

        You know, it’s quite offputting the way Needham people don’t want to allow anyone who wasn’t born here to have a say/role in any local governance.

        “I went to Newman School” shouldn’t be a reason to vote for someone, and yet it so often is here. So provincial.

  • NeedhamDem
    May 7, 2010 - 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I was invited to this meeting and could not attend; I have heard similar summary from others in town. There is decidedly mixed feelings about Lida’s own handling, and I fear too many of us are trying to decide who’s breach of decorum was “worse”. Frankly I think both Peter and Lida have behaved badly and I am frustrated that we are letting us trip us up. This is an important election and Peter far better represents LIDA’s legacy and legislative priorities (except her new pro gaming position) than Ross. I fear by withholding her good graces and thus urging her supporters to do the same, she is cutting off her nose to spite her face. If Ross wins because of this, people will remember her putting her vengeance ahead of legislative policy she has said she represented FOR US. And as such, putting her vengeance ahead of us. I understand being angry, I really do. But this troubles me very deeply. Lida, please come back to the values and priorities we have elected YOU for, and put aside your rancor.

    • Tower
      May 7, 2010 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

      I agree that Lida could have handled things much better and it did seem from the comments that she made on election night (as reported in the paper) that she was going to take the high road. Therefore, I was shocked when I started reading about a week after the primary that she was lashing out at Peter.

      What I expected (and I’m way on the sidelines here) was for Lida to endorse Peter for the good of the party and then perhaps not do much personally to actually help him, as the primary was quite bruising. I know a couple of people in Needham who have worked on these types of campaigns, and what they told me the day after the election was that Peter would now have to do a lot of mending of fences to heal the wounds of the primary. So I speculate that perhaps Lida and others (such as the selectmen mentioned in the Needham Times video) sat by the phone and the fence mending didn’t happen.

      I’ve since heard that on the day of the primary, Lida travelled from town to town (including her childhood hometown of Natick), hearing again and again, “Why would I vote for you? You pocketed money!” and perhaps the anger and sorrow that those comments caused, without a personal call from Peter to mend fences, was just too much, especially for someone who had already announced she was retiring from politics. The problem is, she’s the head of the Democratic Town Committee, so it just doesn’t look good to lash out publicly. She probably should have resigned from that post right away.

      Anyway, for me it’s not about what Lida is doing or not doing. I’m afraid that as a registered Democrat, I just can’t bring myself to vote for Peter just to turn the seat Blue. I have to look at the candidates and I just don’t want Peter to be my state senator. He’s not ready. As seen in the Needham Times video of his interview, he doesn’t seem to do well under pressure. He doesn’t understand enough about town government and I don’t actually think he’s really that interested in town government. He seems to have his eyes on a bigger prize, but the district needs someone to care about the towns in it, even the boring stuff, and work for the district.

      His mailers keep stating he’s a “Town Hall Meeting Member.” Please. It’s Town Meeting Member, so I wonder who is writing and proofing the mailers. And granted he’s a busy guy, but he signed into Monday’s Town Meeting and then was nowhere to be seen. At Wednesday’s Town Meeting, he didn’t show up at all. I am also so curious about who actually came up with the negative mailers. The attacking tone and the doctored campaign document were so over the top that it really seems that whomever created the mailers does not have any kind of handle on local politics and didn’t understand the ramifications of the attack mailers in Lida’s hometown – – the town that has benefited greatly from all her hard work over the past 21 years. Peter’s campaign certainly had a lot of money to burn on multiple professionally-created, slick mailers, but as Tip O’Neill famously said, all politics is local, and the negative mailers badly misfired in Needham. It’s caused many people to trust his judgement.

      As the MetroWest Daily News said in its endorsement of Richard Ross: “The people of the district need someone knowledgeable and experienced in state and local government, someone who can work with colleagues of both parties to solve problems. On this count, Ross’ record beats Smulowitz’ promises.”

      • WTF
        May 9, 2010 - 2:33 am | Permalink

        Too bad.

      • NeedhamDem
        May 9, 2010 - 10:23 pm | Permalink

        I know that feelings were hurt, but I am not the only one who thinks that Lida (with some whispering by some others?) is blowing things out of proportion and actually making things worse for herself. As the report says, people are saying quietly that she is not handling this well, and it’s reflecting on her poorly. She is in a situation now where she is damaging her own reputation, the longer she is seen as helping Ross and trying to hurt Peter.

        “Speculating” about what the players thought and expected and what did and didn’t happen is such an unproductive endeavor. Phones work two ways, and Lida might have called Peter to have a sit down, for example, and lay it out for him. Lonely selectmen sitting by the phone might have called him to offer counsel. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. Belaboring the what would have been and should have been seems so besides the point now.

        I’m happy that the meeting went well, and that Lida and Peter are in dialogue now. Let’s move forward and think about whether we want to have gaming in Massachusetts, whether we want a legislator whose only answer to every issue is “tax cut”, regardless of the situation.

        That’s up to each of us, and I hope Democrats will think long and hard.

      • WTF
        May 10, 2010 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

        Checking back in and caught what you said about “responding well under pressure”.
        Have you seen Ross in the debate?
        http://bit.ly/aCKoBb

        Not exactly grace under pressure. And supposedly on a topic he knew was going to be coming around (according to his own words).

  • NeedhamDem
    May 7, 2010 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    I was invited to this meeting and could not attend; I have heard similar summary from others in town. There is decidedly mixed feelings about Lida’s own handling, and I fear too many of us are trying to decide who’s breach of decorum was “worse”. Frankly I think both Peter and Lida have behaved badly and I am frustrated that we are letting us trip us up. This is an important election and Peter far better represents LIDA’s legacy and legislative priorities (except her new pro gaming position) than Ross. I fear by withholding her good graces and thus urging her supporters to do the same, she is cutting off her nose to spite her face. If Ross wins because of this, people will remember her putting her vengeance ahead of legislative policy she has said she represented FOR US. And as such, putting her vengeance ahead of us. I understand being angry, I really do. But this troubles me very deeply. Lida, please come back to the values and priorities we have elected YOU for, and put aside your rancor.

    • Tower
      May 7, 2010 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

      I agree that Lida could have handled things much better and it did seem from the comments that she made on election night (as reported in the paper) that she was going to take the high road. Therefore, I was shocked when I started reading about a week after the primary that she was lashing out at Peter.

      What I expected (and I’m way on the sidelines here) was for Lida to endorse Peter for the good of the party and then perhaps not do much personally to actually help him, as the primary was quite bruising. I know a couple of people in Needham who have worked on these types of campaigns, and what they told me the day after the election was that Peter would now have to do a lot of mending of fences to heal the wounds of the primary. So I speculate that perhaps Lida and others (such as the selectmen mentioned in the Needham Times video) sat by the phone and the fence mending didn’t happen.

      I’ve since heard that on the day of the primary, Lida travelled from town to town (including her childhood hometown of Natick), hearing again and again, “Why would I vote for you? You pocketed money!” and perhaps the anger and sorrow that those comments caused, without a personal call from Peter to mend fences, was just too much, especially for someone who had already announced she was retiring from politics. The problem is, she’s the head of the Democratic Town Committee, so it just doesn’t look good to lash out publicly. She probably should have resigned from that post right away.

      Anyway, for me it’s not about what Lida is doing or not doing. I’m afraid that as a registered Democrat, I just can’t bring myself to vote for Peter just to turn the seat Blue. I have to look at the candidates and I just don’t want Peter to be my state senator. He’s not ready. As seen in the Needham Times video of his interview, he doesn’t seem to do well under pressure. He doesn’t understand enough about town government and I don’t actually think he’s really that interested in town government. He seems to have his eyes on a bigger prize, but the district needs someone to care about the towns in it, even the boring stuff, and work for the district.

      His mailers keep stating he’s a “Town Hall Meeting Member.” Please. It’s Town Meeting Member, so I wonder who is writing and proofing the mailers. And granted he’s a busy guy, but he signed into Monday’s Town Meeting and then was nowhere to be seen. At Wednesday’s Town Meeting, he didn’t show up at all. I am also so curious about who actually came up with the negative mailers. The attacking tone and the doctored campaign document were so over the top that it really seems that whomever created the mailers does not have any kind of handle on local politics and didn’t understand the ramifications of the attack mailers in Lida’s hometown – – the town that has benefited greatly from all her hard work over the past 21 years. Peter’s campaign certainly had a lot of money to burn on multiple professionally-created, slick mailers, but as Tip O’Neill famously said, all politics is local, and the negative mailers badly misfired in Needham. It’s caused many people to trust his judgement.

      As the MetroWest Daily News said in its endorsement of Richard Ross: “The people of the district need someone knowledgeable and experienced in state and local government, someone who can work with colleagues of both parties to solve problems. On this count, Ross’ record beats Smulowitz’ promises.”

      • WTF
        May 8, 2010 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

        Too bad.

      • NeedhamDem
        May 9, 2010 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

        I know that feelings were hurt, but I am not the only one who thinks that Lida (with some whispering by some others?) is blowing things out of proportion and actually making things worse for herself. As the report says, people are saying quietly that she is not handling this well, and it’s reflecting on her poorly. She is in a situation now where she is damaging her own reputation, the longer she is seen as helping Ross and trying to hurt Peter.

        “Speculating” about what the players thought and expected and what did and didn’t happen is such an unproductive endeavor. Phones work two ways, and Lida might have called Peter to have a sit down, for example, and lay it out for him. Lonely selectmen sitting by the phone might have called him to offer counsel. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. Belaboring the what would have been and should have been seems so besides the point now.

        I’m happy that the meeting went well, and that Lida and Peter are in dialogue now. Let’s move forward and think about whether we want to have gaming in Massachusetts, whether we want a legislator whose only answer to every issue is “tax cut”, regardless of the situation.

        That’s up to each of us, and I hope Democrats will think long and hard.

      • WTF
        May 10, 2010 - 11:41 am | Permalink

        Checking back in and caught what you said about “responding well under pressure”.
        Have you seen Ross in the debate?
        http://bit.ly/aCKoBb

        Not exactly grace under pressure. And supposedly on a topic he knew was going to be coming around (according to his own words).

  • May 7, 2010 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    For the record (and out of fairness to our hard working editor Valentina Zic), I’m the publisher of the Needham Times and 17 other papers owner by GateHouse Media.

    It’s true that we’ve felt this issue is important because it provides insight into what kind of senator Smulowitz might be. However, we have also been covering other issues in this contest, including the casino bill. This week’s print edition also includes a side by side chart covering different positions as well as oped columns written by both candidates.

    But by far, the video we made of Smulowitz talking about Harkins and the related stories have drawn far more traffic than our other coverage.

    • May 7, 2010 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

      I don’t mean to tar you with what is essentially a choice made by the public.

      A newspaper can cover all aspects of a race, then the public chooses to read and talk about mostly certain issues – which end up talked about and cross posted everywhere – and then they blame you for pushing the story.

      • WTF
        May 9, 2010 - 2:27 am | Permalink

        Except that they DID push the story. Hard. And printed it, even though they had plenty of time to pull the story in the days between their “sidebar” correction and the actual printing of the newspaper. Reibman twittered gleefully all day about his wicked awesome breaking telephone story.

        Further, even without the juvenilia of a “Publisher” twittering gossip like some 14 year old mean girl, when a paper focuses with laser-precision on one aspect of a story, out of proportion of everything else, over and over, they are pushing the story.

        One might ask why they haven’t similarly covered how Ross handled himself during the debate–as this provides insight into how Ross would be as a legislator.

        They have chosen what they think is the ONE important thing that provides ‘insight into what kind of leader” and then worked it and work it completely out of proportion to its significance.

        For whatever it is worth, people outside of Needham think that the Times and Needham dems hanging onto this grudge are RIDICULOUS. This is not doing any of the loudest complainers, including Needham times and especially Greg Reigman, any good for their reputations. I have heard stories. I have no idea if they’re true, but they are bubbling up because of Reigman’s telephone fixation and insistence on defending it as pulitzer worthy journalism.

        It is curious that Reigman is pulling the same defense about his use of the “non telephone call” as Smulowitz abt the facts on the mailers–they reveal something important about the candidate.

        Maybe he has more in common with Smulowitz than he thinks.

      • WTF
        May 9, 2010 - 2:43 am | Permalink

        As for the video being most viewed, Paris Hilton’s sex tape got a lot of hits too.

        Is “most viewed” the standard for news?

  • May 7, 2010 - 4:14 pm | Permalink

    For the record (and out of fairness to our hard working editor Valentina Zic), I’m the publisher of the Needham Times and 17 other papers owner by GateHouse Media.

    It’s true that we’ve felt this issue is important because it provides insight into what kind of senator Smulowitz might be. However, we have also been covering other issues in this contest, including the casino bill. This week’s print edition also includes a side by side chart covering different positions as well as oped columns written by both candidates.

    But by far, the video we made of Smulowitz talking about Harkins and the related stories have drawn far more traffic than our other coverage.

    • May 7, 2010 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

      I don’t mean to tar you with what is essentially a choice made by the public.

      A newspaper can cover all aspects of a race, then the public chooses to read and talk about mostly certain issues – which end up talked about and cross posted everywhere – and then they blame you for pushing the story.

      • WTF
        May 8, 2010 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

        Except that they DID push the story. Hard. And printed it, even though they had plenty of time to pull the story in the days between their “sidebar” correction and the actual printing of the newspaper. Reibman twittered gleefully all day about his wicked awesome breaking telephone story.

        Further, even without the juvenilia of a “Publisher” twittering gossip like some 14 year old mean girl, when a paper focuses with laser-precision on one aspect of a story, out of proportion of everything else, over and over, they are pushing the story.

        One might ask why they haven’t similarly covered how Ross handled himself during the debate–as this provides insight into how Ross would be as a legislator.

        They have chosen what they think is the ONE important thing that provides ‘insight into what kind of leader” and then worked it and work it completely out of proportion to its significance.

        For whatever it is worth, people outside of Needham think that the Times and Needham dems hanging onto this grudge are RIDICULOUS. This is not doing any of the loudest complainers, including Needham times and especially Greg Reigman, any good for their reputations. I have heard stories. I have no idea if they’re true, but they are bubbling up because of Reigman’s telephone fixation and insistence on defending it as pulitzer worthy journalism.

        It is curious that Reigman is pulling the same defense about his use of the “non telephone call” as Smulowitz abt the facts on the mailers–they reveal something important about the candidate.

        Maybe he has more in common with Smulowitz than he thinks.

      • WTF
        May 8, 2010 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

        As for the video being most viewed, Paris Hilton’s sex tape got a lot of hits too.

        Is “most viewed” the standard for news?

  • local101
    May 9, 2010 - 2:22 pm | Permalink

    What’s wrong with the Smulowitz strategy if it works? Sure it’s an attack strategy. Wake up folks, politics is a contact sport. That’s the problem with this state. The attitude by political insiders that if you buck the status quo, you should be shunned. Incumbents think they have a right to a lifetime position where all they have to do is deliver $$ to the hometown and not really improve the Commonwealth. Why should a State Rep or Senator be a lifetime job? Face it, most of these so-called politicians are on the public dole. They angle for years and years to get the highest paying job they can to maximize a pension benefit. I cannot figure out why Harkins or Ross even want to be State Senators except perhaps higher pay compared to their current jobs. I have not once heard either one articulate a reason why they feel they could effect some sort of change as State Senator that they could not as a State Rep.

  • local101
    May 9, 2010 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    What’s wrong with the Smulowitz strategy if it works? Sure it’s an attack strategy. Wake up folks, politics is a contact sport. That’s the problem with this state. The attitude by political insiders that if you buck the status quo, you should be shunned. Incumbents think they have a right to a lifetime position where all they have to do is deliver $$ to the hometown and not really improve the Commonwealth. Why should a State Rep or Senator be a lifetime job? Face it, most of these so-called politicians are on the public dole. They angle for years and years to get the highest paying job they can to maximize a pension benefit. I cannot figure out why Harkins or Ross even want to be State Senators except perhaps higher pay compared to their current jobs. I have not once heard either one articulate a reason why they feel they could effect some sort of change as State Senator that they could not as a State Rep.

  • Templeton Peck
    May 9, 2010 - 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I think its pretty clear that Greg Reibman is a joke. I have never seen such unprofessionalism from someone in the media. Lack of journalistic ethics. Sad.

    Since you read this forum Greg what school did you get your journalism degree at? I need to know where NOT to send my children. Thank you.

    • WTF
      May 9, 2010 - 9:00 pm | Permalink

      LOL. That was mean, but it made me laugh. I’m sorry for laughing Greg. I’ll call you. and you can tweet about what kind of a person I am based on the quality and timbre of my apology. Start thinking of snide ways to imply that I didn’t really mean it, stat!

      Greg: shape up your coverage for the House seat. Lots of opportunity for some great coverage there. See if you can do your readers and citizens of Needham a service by thoroughly and clearly covering the issues and avoiding the idiocies of interpersonal snits and drama queen temper tantrums.

      well one good thing, I found this blog and can try to find out some local info here. Without the Scott Brown seat piece, will the author be as interested in the state legislature race? I hope so. There are going to be many opportunities for Needham spats, since two selectmen are running. we’ll need some good citizen journalism, since Needham can’t count on journalist journalism.

  • Templeton Peck
    May 9, 2010 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I think its pretty clear that Greg Reibman is a joke. I have never seen such unprofessionalism from someone in the media. Lack of journalistic ethics. Sad.

    Since you read this forum Greg what school did you get your journalism degree at? I need to know where NOT to send my children. Thank you.

    • WTF
      May 9, 2010 - 5:00 pm | Permalink

      LOL. That was mean, but it made me laugh. I’m sorry for laughing Greg. I’ll call you. and you can tweet about what kind of a person I am based on the quality and timbre of my apology. Start thinking of snide ways to imply that I didn’t really mean it, stat!

      Greg: shape up your coverage for the House seat. Lots of opportunity for some great coverage there. See if you can do your readers and citizens of Needham a service by thoroughly and clearly covering the issues and avoiding the idiocies of interpersonal snits and drama queen temper tantrums.

      well one good thing, I found this blog and can try to find out some local info here. Without the Scott Brown seat piece, will the author be as interested in the state legislature race? I hope so. There are going to be many opportunities for Needham spats, since two selectmen are running. we’ll need some good citizen journalism, since Needham can’t count on journalist journalism.

  • May 11, 2010 - 3:41 pm | Permalink

    In the debate televised on WBZ Sunday Rep. Ross displayed many nonverbal cues that would suggest he felt a great deal of anger and frustration towards Smulowitz. Smulowitz displayed a fairly cool demeanor. I would suggest most people who saw that debate would favor Smulowitz’s approach.

  • May 11, 2010 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    In the debate televised on WBZ Sunday Rep. Ross displayed many nonverbal cues that would suggest he felt a great deal of anger and frustration towards Smulowitz. Smulowitz displayed a fairly cool demeanor. I would suggest most people who saw that debate would favor Smulowitz’s approach.

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