Sutter: A lousy beginning [Politics]

C. Samuel Sutter misstates opponent's record twice as he starts campaign

Violates Reagan's 11th Commandment as he tries to unseat fellow Democrat

By Walter Brooks

Sam Sutter admits he's "tech challenged" so maybe William Delahunt could show him how to read the Congressional Record before he makes another "misstatement".
The South Shore, Cape Cod and the Islands new Congressman Bill Keating has been in office barely a year, when the Machiavellian hand of his predecessor and lobbyist William Delahunt reached out twice to destroy him. Massachusetts Democrats haven't seen chicanery like this since Francis X. Bellotti ran against his own party's incumbent governor which resulted in Republican John Volpe defeating Endicott Peabody in 1964.

William Delahunt is the brains (pardon the exaggeration) behind Sam Sutter's run. Delahunt had also tried to get Rob O'Leary to run against Keating for the nomination, but O'Leary dropped out when he found out how little support he had with local party activists.

Sam Sutter kicked off his campaign yesterday in Provincetown and four other 9th District towns. In his talks he mentioned Bill Keating's voting record.

Specifically, he mentioned two votes about which he is flat out wrong. 

Distort to voters once, shame on you.
Distort to voters twice, shame on voters.

Sutter stated that Keating voted against an amendment that would have granted $510 million to firefighters.  That is false; Keating voted in favor of that amendment.  Here's the vote tally.

He also stated that Bill Keating abstained from a Planned Parenthood vote in February 2011 and implied he isn't as supportive of women's rights as he should be. 

Keating has a 100% voting record from Planned Parenthood and NARA

Keating the only Mass. Congressman with A rating from  NARAL

Moreover, NARAL distinguished Keating for going above and beyond on family planning services.  He's the only one in the delegation to have received an A in that category.

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Hopefully none of the voters at yesterday's announcements believed those gross misstatements at best, direct lies at worse.

Several onlookers reported to us that many of those attending the five speeches were employees in his Bristol County District Attorney office. 

That's a huge problem for Sutter unless they all took a day off, and even if they did, who's running the office?

Maybe Sam is running as a Democrat since running as a Republican would put him in conflict with Reagan's  11th Commandment, "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."

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