If ever an institution needed an infusion of new blood it is the state Senate, where Democrats enjoy such a lopsided majority that they barely bother getting together to vote. Republicans have a chance to boost their ranks in this election but the need to do so isn’t just political. It’s in the public’s interest to restore the kind of balance that leads to the most productive lawmaking.
In the Plymouth and Barnstable district, where the departure of Senate President Therese Murray leaves an open seat. Vinny deMacedo, a longtime Republican state representative and as respected a public official as there could be, is the strongest choice.
DeMacedo, of Plymouth, has been a voice of fiscal sanity in the House and has an expert’s grasp on the state budget. And he commands respect in the district, particularly within the fishing industry. He’s the easy choice.
In the open race for the Second Essex and Middlesex district, which includes Andover, Tewksbury, Dracut and Lawrence, Alex Vispoli, a longtime member of the Andover Board of Selectmen, is a solid choice. Vispoli, a fiscal conservative, is facing off against Democrat Barbara L’Italien, a former state representative who brings plenty of baggage to her latest race.
For two years while she was employed in a highly-paid state job (which she secured just days after losing re-election to the House in 2010), L’Italien has acknowledged failing to pay state income taxes. She blames a family medical problem for falling behind and agreed to a payment plan with the Department of Revenue while she appealed its calculation of the debt. And yet she managed to loan her campaign $13,000 while the tax debt was still outstanding. A senator who puts politics before paying taxes? No, thanks.
In the Norfolk and Plymouth District we’re pleased that Les Gosule tossed his hat into the ring. Gosule came to prominence as an advocate for Melissa’s Bill, so named for his daughter, who was murdered in 1999 by a repeat violent offender who had managed to avoid jail. Gosule worked for a decade to see reforms enacted that crack down on repeat offenders. But his interests aren’t confined to criminal justice. An accountant by profession he has campaigned on fighting tax hikes and reining in state spending.
The Herald is pleased to endorse deMacedo, Vispoli and Gosule for election. But we simply can’t leave the Senate discussion without a glance out west, to the First Hampden and Hampshire District, where Eric Lesser, a 29-year-old former White House “wunderkind,” is so intent on claiming one of 40 seats in this state’s Senate chamber that he has mined his wealthy and powerful contacts to raise more than $300,000 in his first bid for office.
Lesser, of Longmeadow, crows that he worked one door down from the Oval Office. Now he’s going to very expensive lengths to become a Bay State back-bencher. What a commonwealth!
Herald Staff / Boston Herald
Editorial: For Mass. Senate
Monday, October 27, 2014
Rep. Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth) has represented Plymouth, Massachusetts, America’s Hometown, since 1999. He is the Ranking Minority Member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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