The reports were due yesterday (October 30) for candidates for the 4th Barnstable district. Covering the period after the pre-primary report (September 11, 2006) to just one week before the election next Tuesday, the total numbers show stark differences between the two candidates. However, a more throrough analysis of the reports for Aaron Maloy and Sarah Peake show similar patterns in where they trace their money.
The best way to access the reports are to go to the Office of Campaign & Political Finance and click on ---> Online campaign finance reports.
You can search either by a candidate's name (Maloy or Peake) or by office sought (House) and District (4th Barnstable). The morbidly curious can also access the reports for those (un)fortunate enough to have lost in the primaries.
While the law breaks the reports into two pieces, I find it more useful to combine the reports. This indicates where Peake and Maloy got their money starting January 1st of this year. For this analysis, we'll stick just to what was raised and perhaps save the topic of what was spent for another time.
Aaron Maloy - Republican
Of Maloy's $19,321.16 raised in itemized contrubutions, slightly over 16% of that ($3,120.00) came from outside the district. Almost 20% ($3.8781.16) was a contribution from Maloy himself on September 1.
One curious itemized contribution was on June 3 for $20.00 from "annonymous (sic) donor". Not that one would quibble about a small contribution like that -- after all, amounts less than $50 need not be itemized. But to itemize it as anonoymous, is not only strange. It defies the intent of campaign finance disclosure.
And this leads to an even greater question of Maloy's $4,010.00 in unitemized contributions. His pre-primary report shows no unitemized contributions. But for the sake of argument, we should count the "annonymous" twenty dollars as an "itemized unitemized contribution."
Since the primary, however, over four thousand dollars comes into his campaign in unitemized contributions. Adhering to the law that these must be less than $50, this would mean that at least 82 people gave him the maximum amount allowed for these not to be itemized. At the most charitable, it would be assumed that this amount came all from within the district.
On the other hand, it could be intepreted that none of this came from the district and was delivered in a suitcase. Just like in the Provincetown primary, when poll workers failed to keep track of which voters took which ballots, there's really no way of knowing. What is known is that Maloy chose to record some of his small contributions and not others.
Sarah Peake - Democrat
Since January 1, Peake raised $55,498.00. Of that, 36% ($20.128.00) came from outide the district. Like Maloy, Peake reported unitemized contributions -- $1,670 before the primary, and $350 afterwards -- totalling $2,020 or 4%. Like Maloy, this could have come from individuals giving less than 50 each, or all at once stuffed into a plain brown envelope. We just don't know.
This means that Peake can only prove 60% ($33,350.00) of her contributions come from inside the district.
|From unknown sources||$2,020.00||$4,030.00|
|From district (non-candidate)||60%||53%|
|From district (including candidate)||60%||69%|
(Note: If my numbers are incorrect, I would appreciate factual corrections.)
The station has shown the wisdom to keep these available online for those who missed it.
To hear the interview with Aaron Maloy,
click here ---> http://www.wqrc.com/media/aaronmalloy2006.mp3
And to listen to the interview with Sarah Peake,
click here ---> http://www.wqrc.com/media/sarahpeake2006.mp3
Listen to Republican Candidate for State Representative for the 4th Barnstable District, Aaron Maloy, in an online interview here:
In the words of the host, "Today’s guest defies description, so trying to spell it out here is pointless. Simply put, gay Republican candidate for MA state legislature, Aaron Maloy, talks about his current bid for office… "
The show, running close to an hour, can be heard and comments from listeners can be read here ---> http://www.lavendermagazine.com/wandawisdom/2006/08/18/lbr327-gay-republican-anti-marriage-wtf/
or here ---> http://lavendermn.com/podcast/lbr327.mp3
If you have problems listening, read this: http://www.lavendermagazine.com/wandawisdom/how-to-listen-to-wanda/
Listen to the radio debate here: http://www.wgbh.org/cainan/article?item_id=480593
This morning's debate on WCAI's "The Point" began with a nervous Aaron Maloy starting off with ponderous restatement of his background on the Cape and his endorsement by Shirley Gomes. Sarah Peake launched into her familiar campaign speech of affordable housing and access to health care.
The first question posed by host Mindy Todd was specifically about the decline of Provincetown High School and whether to support closure. Peake said she supported what was being done at the moment... but whatever that was not being readily or clearly described by the Vice-Chair of Provincetown Selectmen Peake. Her penchant for double-talk showing, Peake said that while all options including closure should be on the table, she also said that what she heard at a community meeting that there was not support for closure.
Which should give voters a good idea of what we can expect from a Representative Peake -- double-talk when it comes to tough issues, and an unwillingness to either take a stand against popular support or to clearly support the public will.
Maloy, as in the previous day's Harwich debate, again brought up the student march on the Provincetown Town Hall. He said that Peake tried to close the school, circumvented the school committee by talking to the Nauset school district, and referred to the school committe as a fringe group. However, Maloy then went on a rambling praise of the school, citing his talking with former school committee member Molly Perdue.
Admittedly angry, Peake went after Maloy, lecturing him that "words are powerful" and that his speech was "reckless." Peake went on to claim that Perdue had endorsed her candidacy.
On the state's new health care legislation, both endorsed the concept of a single-payer system. The only difference was that Maloy favors it being privately run, and Peake supports a government-run system along the lines of Cape Care.
Same sex marriage came up again, with an emailer from Harwich asking how each candidate would vote on the question to put the issue to the voters. Maloy said that the term "gay marriage is an oxymoron" and really was a matter of semantics. Although difficult to follow, Maloy sounded as if he was saying "in the rare case" that gay marriage is voted down, the state's Supreme Judicial Court would overturn it again support gay marriage.
If this is what Maloy believes, then he is badly misinformed. The Supreme Judicial Court cannot overturn an amendment to the state constitution. Also interesting is that Maloys appears now to concede that which I stated clearly for months -- that the question of banning same sex marriage would be defeated by the voters.
Maloy went on to say that he knew heterosexual couples who would rather get a civil union than get married. So much for his pre-primary support for moral values.
Peake took issue with Maloy's suggestion that marriage is solely a religious institution, saying that instead it was civil marriage that was the question. She added that the state constitution should not narrow civil rights (but unlike the day before, was not claiming that no where in the country had people voted on civil rights).
Maloy countered that marriage is not a civil right, and then began to talk about the rights of children in Africa not to starve. He added that calling this a civil right was a slap in the face to Jewish people and black people. Those dots were a little too far apart for me (and perhaps other listeners) to connect.
Peake showed her lawyerly ways by pointing out that Maloy was confusing civil rights with human rights. Frankly, most laypeople aren't too clear on the difference... and probably not on someone who bothers to make the distinction.
No surprise on their positions on the ballot questions -- which were all the same. Especially no surprise that the two extremists who won their respective party nominations would not support Question two, which would change party primaries to allow for a unified ballot.
No new positions on the issue of homeowners insurance reform. But Maloy did lead off with the line that one state rep can't really make a difference. (No, he couldn't have said that, could he? I'll have to listen again online and will amend if I am incorrect.)
Affordable housing also gave them a chance to mix it up. Peake referred to her recent column on the Cape Cod Times, while Maloy claimed to be "the affordable housing candidate" due his history of having problems affording housing. He went on to criticize Peake's record on creating housing in P-Town. Peake said she "took umbrage" and said that Maloy had spent "maybe five minutes in Provincetown."
Maloy countered that he had worked there in Outer Cape Health's office. For a person who had gone to such lengths to research her potential opponents (see previous blog entry), this was a pretty stupid thing for Peake to claim. Moreover, it smacked of the elite insularity of P-Townes that is a popular stereotype of those further down-Cape.
Lastly, on the question of what legislative committees each would want to serve on, Peake said Natural Resources, Housing, Elder Services and Finance & Insurance. I may be wrong on this, but usually state reps only serve on three committees, at most. Conversely, Maloy said he'd want to serve on the Education Committee, and went rambling on about the subject without pausing mention any other committees of interest.
In closing, Maloy claimed that Gomes thought long and hard about her endorsement of his candidacy. "She wants me to continue his legacy." Truer words were never spoken by Maloy.
But he again tried to turn his lack of experience into a positive. Saying that he had never held elective office, he added, "That's a great thing." In Maloy's world experience is bad, ignorance is wisdom, up is down, black is white, and wrong is right.
Peake for all her chance to really say something new, used the same closing as her Cape Cod Times debate weeks ago, citing "stark differences" between her and Maloy.
What is clearly obvious is that she shares a very important trait with Maloy. When someone questions her record in P-Town, she becomes agitated, and goes on the attack. I've watched her in person and on video and it is clear to me that unlike her public persona, she is insecure. Like Maloy. And like Maloy, she cannot bear the thought of having her reality questioned. Beware those who, when criticized, become inordinately agressive.
Neither posses the grace of the person they aspire to follow, Shirley Gomes.
Voters were treated to a pair of debates in less than 24 hours for 4th Barnstable District State Rep. race. While it became quickly apparent that Sarah Peake is easily rattled when it comes to her record in Provincetown, Aaron Maloy's inexperience in debate is just as painfully obvious.
The first debate at Harwich High School on Wednesday was hosted by government teacher (and my esteemed friend) John Dickson. A refreshing surprise was that State Senate opponents Rob O'Leary and Ric Barros were also set on stage. Standing side-by-side with small podiums before them, the four in suits gave the impression of an a capella group. After opening statements, questions were posed by students, with all four responding, and allowed rebuttabals (and sometime even re-rebuttals). But I will confine this analysis solely to the 4th Barnstable candidates.
Both candidates made missteps in opening statements, due mostly the difference of this audience as compared to their typical forums (hardly a white haired-head in the room). While Maloy's opening stressed his closeness in age to the audience, which was almost entirely made up of students, unless he was trying to recruit a few for campaign workers, he should have remembered what Dickson said at the beginning of the debate -- that this would be broadcast on the town's Channel 18.
Meanwhile, the lack of a real youth culture in Provincetown, and the attendant lack of experience of Peake dealing with kids, showed when she referred to this audience as "children." That goes over real well with teenagers, some of whom may be headed to Iraq or Afghanistan after graduation.
On the question of same-sex marriage, he stark difference between a small "d" democrat and large "D" Democrat was never more obvious when Peake said should took issue with Maloy that voters "should have the right to vote on every little thing." Maloy, following up, claimed that Peake and her ilk "think they above you." Peake countered saying that "we have never voted on matters of civil rights in this country."
Really? I mean, besides all those states that have voted on same sex marriage already? I guess that depends upon what you consider a civil right. Is the right to die a civil right? Voted on it. Doctor's right to prescribe medical marijuana? Voted on it. And that's just recently. Never is a long, long time... 230 years at least... almost like 400 years around here, counting town meetings.
On the question of abortion, Maloy offered, and Peake disputed, figures regarding the disproportionate number of abortions by black and hispanic women. But Maloy went on to talk about how Planned Parenthood was founded on the principle of eugenics, and then tied the prison industry and why there are so many black men on death row. Which suggests he believes that police, juries and judges are complicit. This is not the first time Maloy has implied our legal system is inherently conspiratorial (his blog posting August 23, 2006: "I was harassed and intimidated by the police.") This is the sort of talk that pegs Maloy as part of the black helicopter crowd.
Asked about improved state aid for schools, Maloy's follow-up took Peake to task for attempting to shut down Provincetown high school, and the student march on Town Hall. Peake became inordinantly upset over this, claiming Maloy was taking pot shots at students. Which he clearly wasn't, and this clumsy deflection showed she is uncomfortable when the topic switches to things not being so perfect in Provincetown.
A point of agreement came on higher education. Maloy said it could be made affordable by eliminating fees. But again, showing he does not know when to put a period at an end of a sentence, claimed he has support of professors and the administration at UMass. Which those who attended the UMass system and know it as a hack-ridden warren may not consider a feather in Maloy's cap. Peake agreed, but this made it even more poignant -- how do we actually pay for this?
In closing, Peake, perhaps getting of herself, told students that if they were not yet voters, they would be her future constituents. No qualification of "may" or "could." Hubris, indeed.
Maloy, hitting a consistent (and consistently strange) point, criticized Peake for pointing out his lack of experience. How much experience do you expect people like us to have in their early twenties? That's downright bizarre reasoning -- you should not expect me to have any experience because I am too young to have gained any.
Well, my daughter is only three, but by this reasoning Sofie should be allowed to enter the Boston Marathon -- because how far do you expect to her to run at such a young age? Luckily, Maloy simplified everything when he added, "I don't have a record."
(Read about the radio debate on my next posting here.
It’s been a long and exciting summer at Camp Wanna-Bea-Rep, and I thought you might want to hear about my time away.
It sure seems a long time since I decided to come here. The bus was leaving with kids from all over -- Ronnie, Ray, Donnie, Sarah and Little Aaron – and I jumped on board to make it an even six. But I knew this was going to be a long summer when Donnie wouldn’t share his seat with Little Aaron (who had to sit with Sarah), then me. And Ronnie, thinking he was a big kid now, pretended to ignore me.
They broke us up into two cabins, and Ronnie, Ray and Sarah went into one. Donnie ran into his first and tried to lock the door behind him. But the counselors opened the door and let Little Aaron and me in. We knew that whoever was the cabin leader at the end of the summer had to compete against the other cabin leader – kind of like “Survivor,” but a lot more fun, the head counselor, Ms. Shirley, told us.
If you remember, I sent a few notes at the beginning of the season. But Ronnie complained that it wasn’t fair that I got to go into town to mail my letters when kids who didn’t write letters home weren’t allowed to leave camp, too. That sounded pretty dumb, since he gets to talk on the phone all he wants for free. But the counselors didn’t want a big fight about it, so that’s why I haven’t written anything since then. I just didn’t want you to think I forgot about you.
(... you can read read the rest in The Chronicle here.)
Two more chances to listen to the candidates for the 4th Barnstable District (Outer & Lower Cape) discuss their campaigns. On Wednesday October 18th, students at Harwich High School will hear from Aaron Maloy (Republican) and Sarah Peake (Democrat). Although a student-run event, the public is invited to attend. It will be at Harwich High School at 1 PM.
And if that's not enough, on Thursday October 19th, listen to Peake & Maloy debate on "The Point" on WCAI 90.1 FM/WNAN 91.1 FM/WZAI 94.3 FM or online (go to www.wgbh.org/cainan/ and click on "Listen" on the upper right hand corner). It will run for one hour, starting at 9 AM. Those in the district may find 94.3 FM gives the best signal.
Having participated in a similar debate prior to the primary, I can tell you host Mindy Todd does an excellent job. If it holds to the same format, there will be prepared questions and then it will be opened up to questions from callers. The show can be reached at 866-999-4626 or by e-mail at [email protected].
"I have direct experience in crafting budgets."
At the debate for State Representative last week, Democrat Sarah Peake delivered this line. I had hoped to be the person opposite her at this debate. Unfortunately, a statistical dead-heat between three candidates for the Republican nomination resulted in Aaron Maloy leading by a couple dozen votes.
So it was his responsibility, not mine, to hit that softball Peake lobbed at him -- by noting that this summer Provincetown teetered on the brink of receivership. She had been warned by the Department of Revenue that her town was dangerously overestimating receiptsand underestimating expenses. Perhaps Peake's choice of the term "craft" was accurate.
Instead, Maloy let that claim to fiscal responsibility slide, as well as other unsubstantiated or distorted assertions. His failure could have nothing to do with his ideology, far to the right of the GOP. Chalk it up to lack of experience. Maloy, 24, in the same debate stated he does not have time to volunteer on town boards.
So how on earth did we end up with him as the candidate of our party to succeed Shirley Gomes as state representative?
"As an attorney, I know how to do the research."
Indeed, Peake did do the research. She counted the votes needed to win the Democratic nomination and saw that with three gubernatorial candidates, the attention would draw unenrolled voters into her primary and away from GOP contests. She raised a ton of money, pulled in a staff -- many from off-Cape and out-of-state -- and put them to work on primary day with a discipline not seen short of a presidential convention.
With confidence, she told friends she knew she was going to win the primary. But the goal was not to win the nomination -- it is to win the seat. And to do that, it wouldn't work to go up against a moderate again, only to lose like she had to Shirley Gomes two years ago.
"As an attorney, I know how to look things up."
So when, at a meeting with Shirley Gomes two days after the primary, Maloy told me that Peake had compiled a report on me, I wasn't surprised. He had met with Peake and learned she had reports on all three Republicans. In debates with her Democratic opponents, Peake had cribbed some of my answers to similar questions at earlier debates. It was clear she was listening. On primary day Peake told me she thought I was surging.
"I want to put my research skills to work."
What I did not expect to hear was that Peake shared with Maloy her report on me. It included such charges that I did not have a job (false), I live entirely off the child support from my daughter's mother (false), that I don't dig as many clams as I claim (false -- I never claimed to be a good clammer), and only served four months as selectman in Chatham (really false).
So armed, Maloy employed it in his door-to-door strategy. For example, encountering voters my sign in the yard of Eastham voters, he suggested to them I didn't have a job and was passing myself off as a current selectman in Chatham. The record shows these tactics changed minds.
"I will not vote to narrow the civil rights of anyone."
This was fairly skillful of Peake. Questioning a candidate's work ethic plays much better to a conservative audience. Feeding the information to Maloy was the most effective delivery method. Given his tendency to lose his cool, it was like handing a teenage boy a loaded gun. It was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger.
"I have no knowledge of that... I would never tell anyone to vote for anyone else."
At the debate, Peake dismissed the idea that she would have her people vote for the weakest candidate in the race. But just last week, Maloy appeared to confirm online that he knew friends of Peake's in Provincetown voted for him in the primary.
Regardless, one can only conclude that Maloy was the best opponent Peake could have chosen -- I mean -- hoped for.
"There are many things that are fragile here and we need to... protect them."
It should be noted that Peake never offered to share reports on Don Howell or Maloy with me. I don't know if Don Howell received the courtesy. Maybe Peake felt we didn't need the help. In such a close contest, the smallest intervention would have a great effect.
Working for litigators in Boston as a research and investigations paralegal, I know reports like this cost money. The most cursory research would run at least $100, probably double. Yet Peake's campaign finance reports show no expenditure for them. There is no listing of these reports as in-kind contributions. There is no listing of them as assets (which clearly they proved to be). See for yourself at www.mass.gov/ocpf.
Now a private citizen, I want to know: What is in my report? Where did she get them? How many copies does she have? Whom else did she give them to? And, most importantly, since I am no longer in the race, what does she plan to do with them now?
Is this really the sort person to follow Shirley Gomes? Do we want a candidate so consumed by her own sense of destiny that she will cast aside the privacy of others and meddle in the political process of the opposing party?
If elected, should we expect more of this brand of sleazy politics, where our public servant views us as either a tool or a threat? Should anyone who rises to a certain level of prominence expect to be added to the Peake Enemies List and have a file of the most spurious charges kept on them?
Make no mistake about it -- this is mark of skilled politician. But Shirley Gomes set the standard for this district -- as a dedicated public servant of integrity. We deserve that. We deserve better than what we're being offered.
Some Democrats were hoping to vote for me in the general election day because they said they were scared of Sarah Peake. I took it as a compliment then, but now realize it was a warning.
There's been great interest and discussion regarding the October 4th debate between Sarah Peake and Aaron Maloy. Now, thanks to Tim McCarthy at LIPtv, anyone can watch for themselves online ----> http://www.liptv.us/watch_detail.asp?ID=05-99i
If anyone was expecting a replay of the Gomes-Peake debate of two years ago, with all sorts of fireworks and hyperbole, last night would have been extremely disappointing. Let's allow the papers to cover the text of the debate, and instead I'll provide some commentary.
I attended the debate of the two candidates for the 4th Barnstable District last night at Nauset Middle School. What struck me first was, as expected, there was a phalanx of Peake supporters near the entrance. Ironically, the twenty or more sign-holders were to the right of door as one approached. But perhaps that was my perspective -- from the inside of the school, they appeared to be firmly to the left.
Opposite was Justine Kirkwood holding a Maloy sign.
As Stan Lee would put it, "'Nuff said."
Having participated in a League of Women Voter's debate 3 weeks prior, a radio debate and watched the Democrats own debates as well, many of the questions and answers sounded pretty routine by this point. What is particularly bothersome, however, is the rule that the winner of the coin toss not only gets to make their opening statement first, but then is allowed to make their closing statement last.
This may seem fair: Each candidate gets to go first at some point. But what it really does is allow the winner of the coin tossd to "bookend" the debate -- getting both the first and last word. In this case, it was Sarah Peake.
Another problem was the lighting. Peake's podium was arranged directly below a stage light. Maloy ended up in a dim spot between lights. The organizers had plenty of time to figure this one out, but Maloy's people (person?) should have recognized this right off and sought to correct it. It certainly did not present a level playing field.
That said, Peake appeared to be cruising during her performance. Although he came off better than his last two debates, Peake must have know that if you let Aaron talk long enough, he's his own worst enemy. As one member of the audience put it to me, he needs to know when to put a period at the end of the sentence.
He also needed to stop talking about playing the cello. He mentioned it three times, twice when talking about being on the same stage as a high school student, and once when referencing his experience at the State House.
Which is to say, when asked about his experience (or lack thereof) he said he had only been to the State House once, and that was when he went to play a high school concert for Bill Weld when he was governor. ''I really don't know a lot about how things operate on Beacon Hill," Maloy admitted.
With rhetoric like that from her opponent, Sarah Peake probably could have phoned it in. As it stood, she appeared to be much weaker at debating than expected, especially from one touting her experience as an attorney. But perhaps she felt that going after Maloy was beneath her, or would have been seen as simply piling on.
There were plenty of opportunities for Maloy to talk about Peake's record in Provincetown, and her inflation and distortions of her record -- and if there were ever a time to do so, this was it. And while he did bring up her scant record on housing, she deftly deflected it with a greater distortion about the number of affordable housing units in P-Town, as if she had anything to do with it.
But what is worse, Peake responded to Maloy's charge on housing by not answering a question on nitrogen loading. Maloy could have easily scored point by both challenging Peake's lie, and to follow up that she has nothing to say on how we protect our groundwater - probably the number one issue of concern to the Cape, after homeowners insurance.
To be fair, though, I've already heard Peake's answer on nitrogen loading. Part of it involves how she built a sewer plant in P-Town (did she bring her own shovel or did she borrow one?). But she also listened to the Republican radio debate in the morning and then cribbed my answer in her live debate at Snow library that same evening.
To his credit, Maloy finally has a position on the wind farm. Again. Last we read on his blog, we should vote on it. So now he's strongly for it. Peake's answer was, true to form... mine from the radio debate on the 5th and the Orleans debate on September 12th. She even cited Mass. Audubon, as I had. This conditional support had not been her position previously.
In short, Aaron should have recognized her answers as very familiar, and then pegged her for borrowing the words of another Republican in an attempt to disguise herself as a moderate Democrat.
Both gave poor answers to a question regarding the closing off of beach rights. Maloy said he'd sit people down at a table and work things out (why should anyone sit down when they just paid through the nose for what they perceive to be exclusive use of waterfront property?). And Peake went on to talk about full funding the Division of Marine Fisheries, as if shellfish and rights of way somehow overlap. Maloy could have followed up, but again let her slide.
Even on the issue of in-state tuition, Peake gave Deval Patrick's answer, and Maloy, while stating his position, which is pretty much in line with the voters of the district and the Commonwealth, did not rise to the challenge presented to him. Peake started blurring the line between temporary foreign workers with illegal immigrants, and again Maloy let this lie.
Peake stuck to a closing statement that was obviously anticipating a much greater contrast on social issues, including abortion because she highlighted it even though it did not really come up. Maloy's on record at the Orleans Republican debate as saying he will work to overturn Roe v. Wade. But it must have been so patently obvious to Peake going through the evening that Maloy was completely outmatched, so why bother?
One note: commenting on a previous posting, Maloy appeared to confirm that friends of Peake's in Provincetown voted for him in the primary. But last night, he simply claimed there was no voter fraud. As expected, Peake said she had no knowledge of any of her supporters voting for Maloy, and would never tell them to vote for anyone else.
Regardless, after this debate-that-wasn't one can only conclude that Maloy was the best opponent Peake could have chosen -- I mean -- hoped for.