GOP State Senate Candidate John Flores wrote to Cape Cod Today this morning to respond to a press release from his opponent, Senator Julian Cyr, that we published on Monday.
Below is Dr. Flores' statement, published verbatim:
It is not surprising that Julian Cyr would mislead voters and distort my position on school security because after all, isn’t that what politicians like Julian do?
I’m sure we would not expect him to write a letter to Cape Cod Today to talk about the $18 million pay raise he voted to give to himself and his legislative colleagues, just a few months after being sworn into office. Eighteen million dollars of your taxpayer dollars for legislative raises. Julian’s personal bump was over $40,000 per year – not bad for someone on the job just a few weeks.
Have you heard Julian talk about the time he gave his word to Barnstable Sheriff Jim Cummings that he would support a bill allowing local Sheriffs and ICE to work together to determine if prisoners in custody on other charges are also here illegally – and then went back to the State House and voted against it? Me neither – but where I come from, a person’s word means more than that.
Since Julian cannot defend his indefensible and hyper-partisan record – he voted against Governor Charlie Baker 118 times -- he has elected to take the low road and distort my positions.
Accordingly, I am happy for the opportunity to set the record straight as I did during our recent debate.
My career was spent as a teacher, coach, school administrator, school superintendent and college dean. As a School Superintendent my number one priority and my most important responsibility each and every day was to protect the health and safety of my students.
With so much at stake I learned to listen to all ideas, to research and then accept, modify or reject every possible proposal to the very serious problems our schools and our society faces, including gun violence – and I would do the same as a State Senator.
I am open to discussing the proposal that well-trained, experienced individuals with military or law enforcement backgrounds who have cleared the extensive CORI background check – and are also teachers – be permitted to assist in our overall school security strategies and plans for protecting our children during the hours each day that they are entrusted by their parents to School Superintendents like me.
As a State Senator, I would explore all possible options to supplement existing techniques used in our schools to protect our children, including armed school resource police officers who are already being used in most schools, metal detectors, smart doors, video monitoring connected to police dispatch and any other means of protecting the lives of children. I would make that decision collectively based on input from the local school committee, parents, teachers, law enforcement personnel and the community at large, which is what I implied during the radio interview.
For an elected official who has served such a short time, Julian has displayed poor judgement from his voting record to his low-road campaign style. Voters want honesty and good judgement from their leaders above all else and Julian does not offer those qualities as a lawmaker or as a candidate.
John Flores, Ph.D.