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Splitting the Tea Party vote in Dorchester

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.

Hogan, a Democrat, last year spent time at a candidate-training session organized by Michael Graham in Braintree. Bennett was the first speaker at a Tea Party rally in Christopher Columbus Park a couple years back.

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Have you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Tea Party?

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Not really sure why Tea Party folks would care about a city council election- but association with the Tea Party wouldn't necessarily preclude me from voting for that candidate. The "Tea Party" has a few manifestations- the "Koch family" astro turf variety is one- but there are others and there are folks who are amidst the Tea Party stuff that are people of good faith. Heck- some Tea Partiers say some things that are at least interesting even if I disagree with them- they say some things that are not on the "Dem/GOP" menu of "permissible issues". I really don't want to hear grand theories about what is wrong with the country and how to fix them out of local candidates for local offices. Don't want ideologues or strict "ism" people in office- don't trust such people because they put their own world view and ideological allegiances ahead of people.

So the "Tea Party" doesn't freak me out. Check that- at this point- Tea Party association freaks me out less than someone who is still a true believing Dem or GOPER. That way- the "old" parties- are dead and have nothing to offer- in my view.

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He attended a conference that had speakers from the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties. He identified himself as a Democrat at what you refer to as a Tea Party event. Please tell us, Adam, how he is "strongly sympathetic" to the Tea Party? And before the insults fly, I am by no means a Tea Partier. I have voted for a Democrat at least 95 percent of the time over the last 15 years, though I identify myself as an Independent.

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Michael Graham.

This wasn't an event sponsored by the Democratic Party or the League of Women Voters on how to run for office. It was an event put together by Graham to help people with a particular philosophy run for office. Click on the link in the post.

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No, incorrect Adam. If that was the case, that Graham was intending to influence potential candidates to promote the Tea Party, why would he have Democrats and Libertarians there? I'm not so naive to think that Graham would not want the attendees to see things his way, but he didn't stack the podium with Sara Palin types. To infer that Hogan's attendance is enough to say he has strong sympathies to the Tea Party is unfair and ill informed.

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By the way, I can't stand Michael Graham. He is probably the most obnoxious person in the Boston media.

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Hogan and Bennett are both frauds!! Two carpet bagging phoneys who dont stand a chance of getting elected dog catcher let alone Councilor.

bennett has never lifted a finger for anyone other than himself and is invisible in the community. Hogan is no better, his affiliation with the DSO & Parade Committee is a joke...Shoucair runs the DSO and Ed Geary runs the parade with Peter Sasso.... Hogan and Bennett should get a grip and understand that NO ONE finds them viable...NO ONE !!!!

There are many folks in Dorchester that would be great councilors should Feeney step down, folks that work day in and day out to make our community stronger. Bennett and Hogan only show their faces when there is a paying job to be had and guess what....no one is fooled and NO one votes for them.

So Tea Party, Republican or Democrat it does not matter. What matters is that Dorchester voters like City wide voters have done previously will see thru both of these two frauds and vote for anybody but them.....

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Carpetbagger? Dot Rat, you're not even from Dorchester.

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Dot Rat you are totally wrong. This is the type of stuff that leads us into having terrible leadewrship in goverenment. I cannot speak for Bennett, but Hogan has worked haed to convert the Dot Day Parade after the distructive and cheap and self serving leadership it had in the past.

Marty Hogan is nothing if he is not a good man and trying to help.
We have good people who have not lived here their whole lives but non the less are great and viable candidates for public office, and if the races weren't based largely on how much you have in the bank , rather than someone who cares for the people, then maybe we will have lower taxes, and better neighborhoods.

And you may be a RAT but no one should resort to calling anyone else from Dorchester including themself a rat. I find that term and that connotation of the good people who are our neighbors to be dirty and disgusting!

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Hey Comerford...or Marty himself,

Lets ask the folks from Florida Street & Barry Mullen about Marty Hogans leadership.

The parade committee was run by the Crowleys for over a decade and you are a clown for even suggesting it was "cheap"... they took over the parade when no one in Dorchester wanted it and made it something to be proud of. YOU DID NOTHING FOR THE PARADE and you know it.....

Bennett is just sad and harmless, he dosent try to act like a community guy...you/hogan are joke because you actually are trying to dupe folks into thinking you care about the community. We know you just want a better job to help pay off your tummy tuck.

I am from Dot.... I am a Dot Rat & when you were running around the streets of southie the Dot Rat was an iconic symbol of our community and remains so to this day.

Run because you need a better job....but don't claim to be something your not....Cant wait to see you at the civic meetings asking for support and folks asking "WHO ARE YOU?"....Dont worry, i will be there to tell them who you are.....

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This is exactly what I was talking about, this is not Hogan, and I don't even know who Commerford is, however I know that anyone who say the out and out garbage and then call him or herself a rat and is proud of it I would be very careful to trust you. I do know that anyone who claims to be a rat is indeed just that a rat and in it for themself. I bet you work for one of the hacks, am I right?

Anyway, I like to see better representation and better people which is what you are not. And if you think that saying that Bennett is sad and harmless, really underestimates him and his candidacy.

Last time I checked the first person to throw garbage at someone or two is the one that is garbage.

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I just want to emphasize that Marty Hogan is Not on the parade committee alone and there are alot of people that work very hard to put that parade on the street. Most if not all the members of the parade committee have been working on this group longer than Marty Hogan. I also take a huge exception to the comment "distructive and cheap and self serving leadership it had in the past". All members past and present have only ever want the best for Dorchester and they have proved that by how hard past members like the Crowleys and Mike Mackan an have worked for numerous years on the parade. See you at the parade in June!!!!

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If no one votes for Bennett, then how did he win the city-wide primary in 2009. In fact, Hogan was one of the candidates that Bennett beat that year.

Also, didn't Bennett win elections in the past. His website does say he was once a Selectman and a County Commissioner.

Bennett's very young. He also got a sh_t load of votes in the At-Large race against one of the most talented fields in years.

My bets on Bennett that he wins it all this fall.

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To his credit, he was one of eight finalists for four at-large seats, but he didn't "win" it - if anybody did, it was Steve Murphy.

Yes, he was elected as a selectman in Nantucket. He then went on to lose a race for state senator.

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Both Bennett and Murphy won the 09' City Wide Preliminary. Bennett placed 7th and Murph placed 2nd. Just like the other 6 finalists. They had to win one of the 8 spots to advance to the finals.

Sure Bennett lost State Senate, but Maureen Feeney lost State Senate twice.

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To correct you, Hogan did not run in the 2009 race. Bennett also ran in a high voter year.

Thank you,

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Hogan was one of the 22 candidates who pulled papers for Councilor At-Large in 09'. He couldn't get the 1500 sigs to make the preliminary election.

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Hogan did take out papers in 2009, however, two days into the collection he was struck by a motor vehicle while parked in front of his residence and due to physical injury decided not to compete and to recover from the injury. Hogan had undergone serious neck and spinal surgery in 1999 to replace a vertebrae and have a metal plate put in his neck. He did not want to chance further serious injusy in 2009, he did however collect 400 signatures in his first 2 days of collection and would have been able to make the 1500 needed over the nomination period.

Just to clear up the misinformation.

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Uh, true, he got in a car accident...and then he went on vaction in the middle of his "signature drive". Hogan is a joke and everyone knows it. Sorry to be blunt, but nobody is going to elect a 400lb city councilor, and anyone who really knows anything about the Dot Day Parade knows that Hogan is a fraud and chairman in name only. The Crowleys, Ed Geary, Gretchen Carney, Gloria Viera & Peter Sasso and a few other great people have always done all the work.

Doug Bennet doesnt have a prayer. He should just be a good little kept man and enjoy his baby-mama's Papa Gino's money.

Love her or not, Maureen is unbeatable in D-3 as long as she wants to be, and when she doesnt want to be any more, there is a crop of young kids like Dan Cullinane, Steve Bickerton, Michael Christopher, Lauren Smyth (though she just got on the BPD so maybe not), etc who are more well known and popular in D-3 than either of these two "contenders".

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I have read all the various replies and have noticed that we bring up other names such as the Crowley's(dont want to bring up the mispap with the Fields Corner Civic, but he's one of the two major reasons that it is not in existance now), Lauren Smyth: whom has been a tireless hack for Menino and is now reaping a reward from it, Steve Bickerton, whom is of the same ilk, Dan Cullinane and the list goes on. I know that if we elect one of these "chosen ones" we will have more of the same garbage we have had for years. Love them or like them shouldn't even be a requisite for good representation that has no string attached to the politician that came before.

I dont care who or what they have done, I care about what they want and intend to do.

Now can we please let this election deal with the issues and needs that we all know exist in District 3 ?!

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Ian
If you have followed the Fields Corner Civic for a few years you would know that Ed Crowley has held many positions of that organizations over the years, often being an officer when others did not want to step up. He is NOT the cause of it being defunct now. If blame is to be placed it is on the many who attend the meetings but do not want to do the work. Ed Crowley, Tom Gannon, Jin Gannon and others were the backbone of FCC for many years and it time for someone else to step up. As with any group,it gets tiresome for the same people to do it all without more help and those that do it need to have a life in other areas as well. Please know the story before blaming one for something that wasn't their fault. Blame those that sit back and take credit for others work

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These two couldn't win mayor of dorchester. dot rat seems like alost soul clown too, maybe he could win. My money is joey mac him and carver in the final.
Another candidates are a joke

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Are you talking about Joey MacIntire from New Kids and Fat Phil Carver?

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LOL

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The same joe Mac that just got fired from BWSC?

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"Hogan, a Democrat, last week spent time at a candidate-training session organized by Michael Graham in Braintree."

Actually, the event took place over a year ago. Check the dates when you're linking to blogs?

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Ugh, thanks for the correction.

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Adam, you're eyes are ok. Michael Graham did hold another candidate training camp this year. It was publisized on 96.9FM - I heard it announce a few days before the event.

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