With the democratic primary election less than two weeks away, the voters of Everett have to ask themselves one important question: What type of person do you want representing the City of Everett in the Massachusetts House of Representatives?
A civic minded, hardworking person or a lazy, lay about who does just enough to get by and who enjoys taking credit for passing bills he has not presented?
Make no mistake, that is exactly what this election is about. The incumbent Rep has managed to attach his name, and little else, to just about every piece of legislation winding its way through the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. What initiative has the Rep shown in his three terms in office? The answer is almost none.
Recently, the rep has taken credit for passing a bond bill that hasn’t yet been approved and has taken credit for passing a $10.5 million higher education bill for the disabled that was all Senator Sal DiDomenico’s exclusive doing.
Councilor Mike McLaughlin, hoping to become Massachusetts State Representative Michael McLaughlin has been pulling out all the stops since his effort to defeat the incumbent rep in the September 1 primary.
On Monday afternoon in Everett Square, McLaughlin drew a large crowd of sign holding supporters led by members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union 1445, who represents, among others the employees of Stop and Shop.
Several councilors and city officials attended the visibility cum endorsement campaign stop.
“All the UFCW 1445 members have been on the front line of the virus and never stopped working their jobs at Stop and Shop during the darkest days of the pandemic,” McLaughlin told the Leader Herald.
Two weeks ago, Senator Edward Markey received the endorsements of the Boston Globe and the Everett Leader Herald who favor him over his rival, Congressman Joseph Kennedy.
Two weeks later, both candidates have visited Everett, campaigning hard and making themselves visible and accessible in this city, which is believed to be a battleground for the contestants.
Everett as a minority-majority city in one of the most liberal states in the nation, fits the political pro forma for quite a fight.
Kennedy visited over the weekend.
He was greeted warmly wherever he went – which included lunch from the Everett Square Deli and a photo-op with Councilor Stephanie Martins.
Markey’s appearance in Everett Square Monday afternoon had the feeling of the old days.
Quite a crowd of residents and many politicians led by Senator Sal DiDomenico and many city councilors including Councilor at Large Wayne Matewsky and Governor’s Council candidate for re-election Terrence Kennedy, crowded around Markey seeking to let him know they are with him – the hometown guy from Malden whose father was a milkman.
Mike McLaughlin is a young, hardworking, honest Everett man on the rise. He has been a watchdog and a bold, transparent positive force during his time on the Everett City Council.
Whatever he has accomplished in his life he has gotten on his own as a reward for his honesty and integrity and his personal will to succeed.
Mike McLaughlin is interested in people, all kinds of people, not just the politically connected.
He is a good friend to the city’s elderly, to its minorities, to the old-line residents, to its hardworking men and women, to young people transiting through the public schools, to city employees and to all those who call upon him for his support and who have come to appreciate the respect he shows at all times.
He is a unique politician because he is always trying to help out those who approach him.
In the past few years he has become one of the best known leaders in this city.
Generally, during the evenings, Councillor Anthony DiPierro fills his automobile with political signs for the rep. He then rides around the city putting up signs for the rep.
He does this, and whatever else the mayor asks at the city council, with letters to the editor expressing the administration’s wishes to show his loyalty to the mayor, who is said to be preparing to name DiPierro assistant city clerk – or as some predict – to back him for mayor when the mayor leaves.
At the very same time, many of Mike McLaughlin’s signs seem to disappear from in front of homes until the next morning, when McLaughlin assesses the situation and goes around the city replacing them.
Regrettably, for the mayor, there is only one DiPierro. They are cousins. Politics is a family affair. The councilor does whatever he is told.
But the mayor has a big bag of tricks and tricksters – like Jerry Navarro, “the Paper Boy”, who likes to steal our newspapers, like stealing away certain businesspeople he can persuade not to advertise with us.
The mayor’s tricksters don’t just try to destroy the Leader Herald, they try to destroy positive candidates like Mike McLaughlin or anyone who stands in the way of the DeMaria city hall machine, or as Councilor Mike Marchese dubbed it, the DCF – the DeMaria crime family.