Dear friends, supporters, and loved ones,
Unofficial results from Boston, the 800-pound gorilla of Suffolk County politics, show acting Sheriff Steve Tompkins easily besting challenger Doug Bennett (and the other guy who didn't have as many signs), while one-time City Councilor Felix Arroyo holds a commanding lead in the race for Register of Probate over incumbent Patricia Campatelli (currently running third behind Arroyo and Martin Keogh).
If you think you can guess which one, you'd be right.
Here it is. To put to rest the lies by Doug the Bug.
Gadfly candidate Doug "the Bug" Bennett recently claimed that his latest opponent, Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, was formerly registered as a Republican. A quick review of Massachusetts voter records indicate that this is not true and that Sheriff Tompkins has, in fact, always been a registered Democrat. This deception was presumably propagated by Doug the Bug to deter the good Democratic voters of Boston from noting that Doug himself is a Republican who only occasionally registers as a "D" to jump into some race or another of which he's utterly unqualified to be involved.
Everybody see the ridiculous hand-painted signs for increasingly perennial candidate Doug Bennett (this time running for Sheriff) all over the city during the recent election season? As if it weren't enough that we had 97 City Council candidates and slightly fewer Mayoral candidates, Doug decides to add his finger-painted shards of discarded construction waste to people's yards, fences, houses, but convincing them that he's a). a Democrat, b). already Sheriff and, c). a legitimate candidate -- none of which are true. (Remember he was running for John Kerry's Senate seat earlier this year?!?
Every election, campaign signs get torn down or defaced.
Doug Bennett, running for Suffolk County Sheriff - in the 2014 elections - has taken out a criminal complaint alleging one of his opponents, acting Sheriff Steven Tompkins, actively removed Bennett signs from stores in Egleston Square last week, by pulling out his badge and warning them they would get on Tompkins' bad side. He also says Tompkins called him a "punk ass bitch" at a City Council hearing last month.
Doug Bennett, who has made two unsuccessful tries for a seat on the City Council, today announced he's setting his sights a bit wider - on Suffolk County Sheriff, a job that involves running the two jails that serve Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop.
Bennett, a Dorchester resident, is running as a Democrat this year for the six-year term to replace Andrea Cabral, now state secretary of public safety. Steven Tompkins, a former Cabral aide, is current acting sheriff.
Thousands of local peace activists marched in support of peace and anti-violence this morning at the 17th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace. The event took place in Dorchester on 5/12/13. This raw video footage is near the end of the march on Geneva Avenue as peace activists marched towards the conclusion of the march at Fields Corner. District Attorney and 2013 Mayoral Candidate Dan Conley is seen marching in the peace march.
Now that everybody's favorite scooter-riding, sticker-plastering city-council candidate has jumped into the race for the Republican nomination for the Senate. Ladies and gentlemen: Doug Bennett for US Senate.
Intrepid Occupy Boston chronicler Chris Faraone notes the two-time council candidate showed up at the encampment's general assembly last night - where the main topic was how to winterize the place:
His beet red melon swaying back and forth, Bennett interrupted at least five times, saying nothing of consequence and making few friends in the process.
With Marty Hogan's formal entry into the race against incumbent Councilor Maureen Feeney, District 3 voters will have a choice of candidates who, if not outright Tea Party members, are strongly sympathetic to it.
Doug Bennett reports he was jogging through the North End today when he spotted a crowd on Hanover Street and before he knew it, there he was posing for a photo with Rudy Giuliani, shortly before Giuliani crossed the street to stoke up a cigar. And, yes, Bennett is a candidate. He tells Universal Hub exclusively he's already getting ready to knock on more doors in 2011, when he plans to run again for an at-large seat on the Boston city council.
Doug Bennett reports he's knocked on his 100,000th Boston door. The next Bennett challenge: Removing the 100,000 stickers he and his supporters have put on light poles and utility boxes.
District 7 Councilor Chuck Turner and challenger Carlos Henriquez debate Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. The main topic: "Does Roxbury matter?" Details.
Michael Flaherty heads to Suffolk Superior Court today - for jury duty - the Lit Drop folks at the Dorchester Reporter report.
Because I didn't feel like traipsing upstairs to answer the phone, I picked up the receiver on our old wall-mounted rotary phone in the kitchen, so when your robo-lady told me to press 1 or 2 depending on whether I planned to vote for at-large City Council Candidate Doug Bennett, I couldn't, ha ha.
Not sure why that makes me feel so good, but there you are. Sometimes there's value in being a Luddite.
My call-waiting beeps and my caller id says it is
who I do not know. I let it go to voice mail. The message left on my answering machine reveals it is political robo call by Doug Bennett who, by the way, is 100% certain that he will be the next city councilor-at-large.
I'm not opposed to Doug's candidacy, heck I don't even know him, I'm just against robo calls made under someone else's name.
The Boston City Council discussed Mayor Menino's proposal to raise local meals and hotel-room taxes, but took no action on the plan so that its Committee on Government Operations can hold a hearing in August - standard procedure under council rules for new business.
Menino has proposed a 0.75% meals tax - on top of the 6.25% state tax going into effect on Saturday - and an increase of 2 percentage points in the current tax on hotel rooms. The council's Committee on Government Operations will host a hearing in early to mid August.