This is just wrong.
The Lowell Sun has been reporting almost daily about the continued battle between Colleen Garry and Cathy Richardson for the state representative seat that covers Dracut and Tyngsborough.
Today’s story tells us that the State Democratic party has, on Garry’s behalf, been digging into Richardson’s personal family bills (via court records) and challenging her on unpaid oil and catering bills that have nothing to do with the issues in the campaign.
“The people of Dracut and Tyngsboro deserve better than to be given a list of personal bills — which are in fact paid — to influence a voter,” said Richardson Tuesday. “I’m hopeful this type of political stunt will cease and we can return to the issues that make a difference for the residents of both towns.”
Garry said although she did not direct state Democratic Party officials to call attention to Richardson’s court case involving Haffner’s, Richardson’s three missed court dates are “a legitimate matter of concern” for voters.
“I understand people can go through tough economic times, but you also have to be responsible for it,” said Garry. “You have to show up to court, even if you can’t pay it, and explain your circumstances.”
Is Colleen saying this, after having such a low voting record the year that she was having her own personal tough times due to family concerns? The Lowell Sun on Aug 12th reported “In 2009, Garry scored among the five worst voting/attendance records…”
All this once again seems to be coming from the ongoing McLaughlin issue that started over at the Housing Authority last year.
The paper is insinuating that Garry did not file her campaign finance report as required, leaving out names like Bond, Martin and Zimini (all tied to the Housing Authority issue last summer).
Garry now says that because her report is being “scanned for irregularities” (the paper indicated that she entered the data within two hours of its being missing, thus how could she travel up to a vacation home in Maine to get it and return in time to enter it?) that we should all start questioning every payment made out of Richardson’s account.
Richardson’s own travel to Maine can easily be explained by the extreme amount of campaiging going on up there with the retirement of Olympia Snow, and the efforts to keep the state Red.
But then again, why don’t we start digging into the campaign finance reports of everyone to see where they are spending their money and what other campaigns they are donating their funds to?
All it will do is keep the McLaughlin story alive for another year.
This race should stay with issues, stick with the public works of the candidates and keep out of their personal affairs.
Oh, and the state parties, leave us out of your petty games. Why am I not surprised that the dirtiest of tricks are coming from them.