Joe Malone, Republican for Congress in the 10th

A man for Washington and a man for Cape Cod and the South Shore
The right Republican for working people of the 10th Congressional District

By the Cape Cod Today Editorial Board

Joe Malone at today's Chamber breakfast at the Cape Codder Report with opponents Rob O'Leary, Ray Kasperowicz and a concerned Jeff Perry looking on.

Cape Cod Today is proud to endorse Joe Malone, for Congress in the 10th Congressional District. Malone is a traditional Republican in many ways, especially in his financial view of what he says has to be done in Washington.

Malone reminds us of the Progressive Republicans of the recent past like Frank Sargent, Elliot Richardson and Ed Brooke. These were the type of Republicans any thinking independent could support, and it's the independents who decide the elections around here.

For example, Malone envisions that as many as 18,000 jobs could be created in the 10th District through tax cuts to small business. While he is for the death penalty, he is also for a woman's right to choose. Like many Republicans and some Democrats he is calling for more security at the nation's border and more enforcement of existent immigration laws. He is a former Mass. State Treasurer 1990-1998 during the two terms of popular Republican Governor Bill Weld who was the first Republican to win the governor's race in 15 years.

Only Joe Malone might do that in a district which hasn't elected a Republican in 40 years.

What about Jeff Perry?

Cape Cod Today has been among the first media to expose the tawdry past of the other Republican candidate, Jeffrey Perry. We cannot support him, especially with his tainted history and his failure even today to be forthcoming about the events of his past.

Perry has been asked repeatedly by Howie Carr, the Boston Herald Editorial Board, Janet Wu on WCVB and Jeff Katz on RushRadio1200 whether he employed his friend and convicted child molester Scott Flanagan to run Perry's Sandwich convenience store, a place which was a hangout for girls the same age as those Flanagan had molested while being supervised by Perry.

Jeff Perry refuses to give a straight answer, even as late as at this morning's Cape Cod Chamber pre-primary candidates' breakfast in Hyannis, so we must assume he did hire Flanagan.

For that reason alone no responsible voter should support his candidacy. If District Attorney Bill Keating is the Democrat opposing Perry, he would literally run Perry out of town within days of next week's primary. Keating has access to all those files Perry refuses to release.

What about Joe Malone?

Malone came under a cloud when millions of dollars went missing from the state treasury after he left office as State Treasurer in 1998, but those responsible for the theft were arrested and Malone was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Perhaps more importantly, Malone immediately took responsibility for the crimes committed by his subordinates, another stark difference between him and Perry.

Malone says he wants to fight for the working man, especially in the area of jobs. He is the son of Italian immigrants (a long time ago their family name was Mulone until his father had it changed because of perceived discrimination of a bygone era). He is the youngest of seven children, and he has lived in and attended Waltham public schools as a child.

Through hard work he received an opportunity to attend Phillips Andover Academy and after that graduated from Harvard University in 1978 with a degree in government. He played football for Harvard and received the prestigious Henry Lamar Award from his teammates in 1977. The Lamar Award is given to the player whose team considers to be of the "highest character."

Joe Malone has the character and, we believe, the political morals, to represent Cape Cod, the Islands and the South Shore in the 10th District. He is a product of the state, and we believe he is aware of the variety of politics that exist among the constituents of the Tenth. Malone has always said he does not want to go to Washington to express only his views but those of his constituents as well.

Regardless whether Democrat, Rob O'Leary or Bill Keating, is his opponent in the November election, the district's dignity is safe with any of these candidates. They are all good, decent men, and Joe is the Republican amongst them who deserves your support. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on