Governor's councilor: How dare some flailing candidate for lieutenant governor insult John Adams

So Leland Cheung, running for lieutenant governor, wants to get rid of the governor's council? Governor's Councilor Robert Jubinville wishes to have a word with him:

The Governor's Council is not an "antiquated vestige" but rather a constitutional body created at the same time as the Senate, which he seems so fond of. Mr. Adams would be very upset by such remarks made by a candidate for lieutenant governor who is looking for attention to save a fledgling campaign.

The only constitutional duty of the office Mr. Cheung seeks is to be a member of the Governor's Council and chair it when the Governor is not available.

In case Mr. Cheung hasn't noticed, the citizens of the Commonwealth have not had a lieutenant governor in over a year and we have gotten along just fine, in my opinion. The Governor's Council has not had to put up with a rubber stamp lieutenant governor who can break a tie vote. We members of the Council have been working hard and establishing ourselves as an independent body, free from the political process Mr. Cheung seems to want to impose on judicial nominations.

"Doing away with a lieutenant governor's position makes more sense to me. I don't understand how Mr. Cheung could put forward such a proposal as he has not even attended one Council meeting.



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2014 Democratic Primary Candidates
Governor’s Councillor
1st District
Oliver P Cipollini Barnstable
Joseph C Ferreira Somerset
Alexander Kalife New Bedford
Walter D Moniz New Bedford

2nd District
Robert L Jubinville Milton
Bart Andrew Timilty Boston

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Marilyn M Petitto Devaney Watertown
Charles N Shapiro Newton

4th District Christopher A Iannella Jr Boston
5th District Eileen R Duff Gloucester
6th District Terrence W Kennedy Lynnfield
7th District No nomination
8th District Michael J Albano Longmeadow

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2nd District No nomination
3rd District No nomination
4th District No nomination
5th District Maura L Ryan-Ciardiello Haverhill
6th District Vincent Lawrence Dixon Winchester
7th District Jennie L Caissie Oxford
8th District No nomination

5PM Tuesday July 29 2014 last day and hour for for nonparty Candidates to submit nomination papers to Registrars of Voters for certification of signatures

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"created at the same time as the Senate"

"establishing ourselves as an independent body"

So, another two centuries and you'll be established?

Aside from being one giant ad hominem attack on the Lt. Governor candidate, does he actually defend the group and explain what service they provide which is so deeply useful and cannot be covered by the other three branches of our state government (executive, legislative, judicial)?

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No ad hominem

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Ad hominem is a logical fallacy. "You are wrong in your argument because you are ugly."

This wasn't ad hominem.

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Mr. Cheung is a Cambridge City Councilor, where he has some influence, being the highest vote-getter in 2013. Aside from hiring the City Manager and approving curb cuts what is the need for a City Council in Cambridge? Does the paradox of G. K. Chesterton apply to these institutions? Chesterton’s 1929 book, The Thing, in the chapter entitled, “The Drift from Domesticity”:

In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.

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