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Candidates for State Representative: 1st Hampden

 

 

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

Smola
Todd M. Smola (R)
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES

Candidates for State Representative:    2nd Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

Ashe
Brian Michael Ashe (D)

NO

NO

H4121 Sat, June 7, 2014

NO
NO!
F-
HORRIBLE RECORD!
 
NO

(2) 2014 gun vote for 4278. No opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.

(3) NO: Did not Oppose S.1135 when it was in Committee

4) Ashe has a horrible F- record of just 13% approval by CLT in 2009.   Voted for multiple tax increases!

(6) Despite prior positions, FLIPPED, and voted for Buffer Zone final bill July 29, 2014.

 

Candidates for State Representative:   3rd Hampden

Agawam, Southwick and Granville

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes


Samuel Salvatore DiSanti (Democrat)

NO under review NO NO NO NO

When Representative Boldyga (R-3rd Hampden) asked DiSanti if he would vote against Democrat-sponsored tax increases, Di Santi said he could not say.

Ran against Boldyga in 2012 and lost 61-39.  DiSanti is running again. 
(1) NO for Limited Government: Endorsed by Mass Alliance in 2012
(4) Unclear for Keep Taxes Low:  When Representative Boldyga (R-3rd Hampden) asked DiSanti if he would vote against Democrat-sponsored tax increases, Di Santi said he could not say.

(5) NO to Pro-Family: By Virtue of his 2012 endorsement by Mass Alliance as MassEquality and the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus are both members of Mass Alliance


(6) NO for Pro-Life: Endorsed by NARAL & Planned Parenthood


Nicholas A. Boldyga
REPUBLICAN

YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES

CANDIDATE'S WEBSITE

Southwick Selectman

(Goal A+)

98% according to MassFiscalScorecard

Endorsed by MCFL

(3) Voted YES on H55.28, H3400.99, H3492.122, H3492.123 and voted against the legislature’s efforts to kill the Diehl Amendment (S1885.241)

(5) YES for Pro-Family: 92% on Mass Family Institute’s VoteValues

 

Candidates for State Representative:    4th Hampden

Open seat

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes


Dan Allie
REPUBLICAN

YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES

Army veteran and an Internet sales manager for a local printing company, as well as a graphic designer and videographer.

Signed the No New Taxes Pledge, involved in Tank the Gas Tax & MARA Member

Westfield City Councilor at-Large
Endorsed Rick Green for MA-GOP Chair in 2013

MCFL Endorsed 2014


John Velis
Democrat

NO
YES
  NO   NO

(4) MassFiscalScorecard Rating: now down to 44% (solid F-).
Notes: Velis claims to be a “Conservative Democrat”.  We are surprised that people believed him.

CANDIDATE'S WEBSITE

From site:
" I am a staunch supporter of our second amendment right to bear arms.  Massachusetts has some of the toughest guns laws in the nation.  I’m not an advocate of further legislation limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens.

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

Candidates for State Representative:    5th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes



Aaron M. Vega
DEMOCRAT
WEBSITE

NO
NO under review

NO

F-

Horrific

NO
NO

Former Holyoke Councilor

(1) Endorsed by Mass Alliance (Umbrella Group of left-wing organizations which includes the Democratic Socialists of America as one of its member groups)

(2) 2014 gun vote for 4278. No opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.


(4) NO for Keep Taxes Low: 15% according to MassFiscalScorecard

85% of the time voted to INCREASE government SPENDING and taxes according to Mass Fiscal Scorecard. CLT also notes horrific.
(5) NO for Pro-Family: Endorsed by MassEquality
(6) NO for Pro-Life: Endorsed by Planned Parenthood & NARAL

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

Candidates for State Representative:    6th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

Nathan Bech (R)

  Concern Noted YES YES YES YES

A captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, as well as a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

 

CANDIDATE'S WEBSITE

(2) C- rating from NARA 2014
(3) YES for Enforce Immigration Laws: Slammed Finn for supporting illegal aliens instead of our veterans, Opposed Governor Patrick’s Plans to house Illegal Aliens at Westover Air Base
(4) Endorsed by CLT, 2014.
(5) 100% MFI scorecard 2014
(6) Endorsed by MCFL, 2014


a
Mike Finn (D)
NO!
NO NO

NO!

F-

Horrific!

NO!
NO


Assumed office in 2011

(2) Two Positive Votes so far, voted Yes on the motion to postpone H.4278 and voted against H.4278 but Voted For H.4376/4285

(3) NO: Voted against Secure Communities

(4) Horrific grade from MassFiscalScorecard showing he votes to INCREASE SPENDING and taxes 90% of the time!

(5) Co-Sponsored the Bathroom Bill

CANDIDATE'S WEBSITE

(6)

Voted for S.2283 the New Buffer Zone law

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

Candidates for State Representative:    7th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

Deb Martell
(R)

YES YES YES YES YES YES  
Petrolati
Thomas M. Petrolati (D)
NO
NO
NO
NO
YES
YES

Assumed office in 1987

Big supporter of House Speaker DeLeo and showcased in the probation department 'govt' jobs for friends and families trial'. He was demoted - thrown out of - a leadership position when info regarding his involment in the patronage scandal was revealed. To date, only the underlings who caried out DeLeo's and Petrolati's wishes (magically gave jobs to folks who came a calling from their recommendations) have been convicted. Ah, the little people - always crushed.

(2) Voted for gun control H4278. 2014 gun vote for 4278. No noted opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.

(3) NO: Killed the Perry Amendment by sending it to “study”

 

Candidates for State Representative:    8th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

Wagner
Joseph F. Wagner (D)
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
Mixed

raising taxes since 2003

(2) Concern noted as voted for gun control H4278. 2014 gun vote for 4278. No opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.

(3) NO: Killed the Perry Amendment by sending it to “study”

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

Candidates for State Representative:    9th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes
Ed Collins
DEMOCRAT
             
              Peter Murphy announced, awaiting info.


Curran
Sean Curran (D)

NO

NO

H4121 Sat, June 7, 2014

NO
NO
YES
NO

 

holding office since 2005

not seeking reelection.

(2) Hmm, voted against H4278, but voted in favor of even stricter H4121. NOT A SUPPORT OF the 2nd Amendment.

(3) NO: Did not Oppose S.1135 when it was in Committee

(4)  23% according to MassFiscalScorecard

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

 

Candidates for State Representative:    10th Hampden

OPEN SEAT 2014

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

 

 

 

 

             
Coakley
Cheryl A.
Coakley-Rivera (D)
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO

 

WED. MARCH 12, 2014
Red Mass Group reports that she's resigned, effective March 28th to take a job with...drum roll please...the state! (the "pension bump" as an assistant clerk magistrate for around $95K.

Tax raiser.Tax raiser. How can we afford these legislators any longer??

 

Candidates for State Representative:    11th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes
Swan
Benjamin Swan (D)
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO
NO

In Jan., 2009, Newly elected house speaker DeLeo named Swan as vice chairman of the Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, giving Swan an extra $7,500, for his support of DeLeo.

At the time, Swan owed $23,000 in back property taxes!!!  He raises taxes on others, but fails to pay his own, and gets bonus money from the taxpayers for supporting DeLeo.

2014 gun vote for 4278. No opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.

(1, 6) NO for limited govt' and NO for pro-life: Voted on 7/23/2014 for S.2283 to impose severe fines and severely restrict 1st amendment rights.

 

Candidates for State Representative:    12th Hampden

 

constitution
Llimited govt
(1)

guns
Pro 2nd Amendment
(2)

immigration
Enforce Immigration Laws
(3)

taxes
Keep Taxes Low
(4)

family
Pro-Family

(5)

life
Pro-Life

(6)

candidate
Candidate Statement
and
Rating Notes

 

 

Bob Russell

Republican

YES YES     YES YES

Wibraham selectman

(1) YES for Limited Government & Keep Taxes Low: From his website
(2) YES for Second Amendment: 100% on GOAL’s Questionnaire

(5) YES for Pro-Family: 85% on MFI’s VoteValues Questionnaire
(6) YES for Pro-Life: MCFL Rated Pro-Life


Puppolo
Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. (D)

 

NO
NO

NO

NO
For example,
Horrible rating by CLT...
NO
YES

Puppolo is a notorious liar. He lied. He ran as pro-family and took all the pro-family support and money. Dubbed "Judas/traitor" for taking pro-family support and MONEY then voting the other way at the last minute, leaving his supporters STUNNED BY HIS BETRAYAL. "A snake. A Judas. Not worth his word."

(2) Voted for gun control H4278.2014 gun vote for 4278. No opposition to DeLeo's gun grab H4121.

 

(3) Immigration RatingVoted to send one of the Lyons/Lombardo in-state tuition amendments to study, voted to defeat the Lombardo Amendment Prohibiting Local Aid to Sanctuary Cities (Defeated on a partisan vote)

 

 
For context, Puppolo ran for state office on the sole platform of supporting the citizens' right to vote on a State Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage. Days after being elected, he changed his mind.
 

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