John Walsh, aka John from Abington, is trying to spin the bold faced politics being practiced by his party over on Blue Mass Group. His word contortions are nothing if not humorous, consider this gem:
First and foremost, remember this: NO DEMOCRAT voted in 2004 against the proposal that Senator Kennedy put forward in the days before his death: that Massachusetts voters fill a Senate vacancy via special election, that the governor name an interim Senator to represent our state until voters can make their choice, and that whomever the governor selects not run in the special election. Nor did Democrats vote against the proposal that has been filed for consideration and will be discussed at a hearing on Wednesday.
Well gee whiz Mr. Walsh, that’s a way to spin it. Nobody voted against the probably unconstitutional provision of barring an interim appointment from seeking office. Nice way to spin that one. Of course a majority of Democrats did vote against allowing an interim appointment, not only in 2004 but also in 2006 as George Peterson(R-Grafton) explains in the video below.
Some quick digging finds the text of HR 50 which was introduced by Representative Lepper of Attleboro in 2005 and voted on in March of 2006.
PETITION — HOUSE
Representative Lepper of Attleboro
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General Court assembled.
The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the passage of the accompanying bill or resolve.
DISTRICT/FULL MAILING ADDRESS
John A. Lepper
Scott P. Brown
Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex
Bradley H. Jones, Jr.
Jeffrey Davis Perry
Lewis G. Evangelidis
Susan W. Pope
Michael J. Coppola
Elizabeth A. Poirier
Paul K. Frost
Seal of the CommonwealthThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts
IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND FIVE
An Act RELATIVE TO VACANCIES IN U.S SENATE
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the
authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 140 of chapter 54 of the General Laws as amended by section 6 of chapter 236 of the acts of 2004, is hereby further amended by inserting after the second sentence the following sentence:-
The governor shall appoint a person to serve as senator in congress for the interim period until a successor is sworn and qualified.
Not only did the House Republicans fail in trying to change the law to allow an interim appointment in the politically charged 2004 election season, they also tried in 2006 when there was no impending possibility of a vacancy. The roll call of that vote can be found after the flip.
John Walsh is playing loose and fast with the facts. What else would one expect from the head of one of the most corrupt political organizations in the Nation?
This bill came to a vote on March 22 2006, Roll call 362.
MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H. 50 On substituting bill for adverse report
Yea and Nay 03/22/06 02:50 PM
No. 362 22 YEAS 133 NAYS 4 N/V
N Mr. Speaker N Flynn N Murphy, K. N Teahan
N Rogers N Forry N Nangle N Timilty
N Harkins N Fox N Natale N Tobin
N Rushing N Fresolo X Naughton N Toomey
N Petrolati N Galvin N Nyman N Torrisi
N Atkins N Garry N O’Brien Y Travis
N *Atsalis N Gobi N O’Flaherty N Turkington
N Ayers N Goguen N Owens-Hicks N Turner
N Balser N Golden N Parente N Vallee
N Binienda N Grant N Patrick N Verga
N Blumer N Greene N Paulsen N Wagner
N Bosley N Guyer N Pedone N Wallace
N Bradley N Haddad N Peisch N Walrath
N Broadhurst N Hall N Petersen N Walsh, M.
N Cabral N Honan N Petruccelli N Walsh, S.
N Callahan N Hynes N Pignatelli N Walz
N Canavan N Kafka N Provost N Welch
N Candaras N Kane N Quinn N Wolf
N Canessa N Kaprielian N Reinstein Y Jones
N Carron N Kaufman N Rice Y Rogeness
N Casey N Keenan, J. X Rivera Y Peterson
N Connolly X Kennedy N Rodrigues Y Lepper
N Correia N Khan N Rush Y Coppola
N Costello N Kocot N Sanchez Y deMacedo
N Coughlin N Koczera N Sannicandro Y Evangelidis
N Creedon N Koutoujian N Scaccia Y Frost
N Curran N Kujawski N Scibak Y Gifford
N DeLeo N Kulik N Sciortino Y Gomes
N Dempsey N Lantigua N Smizik Y Hargraves
X Donato N Leary N Speliotis Y Hill
N Donelan N LeDuc N Spellane Y Humason
N Driscoll N Linsky N Speranzo Y Loscocco
N Eldridge N L’Italien N Spiliotis Y Perry
N Fagan N Malia N Stanley H. Y Poirier
N Fallon N Mariano N Stanley T. Y Polito
N Falzone N Marzilli N St. Fleur Y Pope
N Fennell N Miceli N Story Y Ross
N Festa N Moran N Straus Y Smola
N Finegold N Murphy, C. N Sullivan Y Webster
N Flanagan N Murphy, J. N Swan
*=AFTER VOTE P=PRESENT X=NOT VOTING