Friday, July 07, 2006
Should we Dunk Steve Lynch from Office?
Liveblogging the Liebermon-Lamont debate certainly pumped me up and gave me a little energy tonight and got me a-stirring. I'm sick of Democrats who don't care about democrats - and I believe that all our elected leaders must be held accountable to the constituents they're elected to serve.
If an elected official supports position after position that just doesn't make sense, it's high time to find someone better. During the debate, someone mentioned this BMG post, but I didn't pay it much thought. Now that I've had the time to go and read it for myself, I've reconsidered.
While I can't speak for the people of the 9th District, it seems to me like Steve Lynch leaves a lot to be desired. The little graphic makes it painfully obvious: Steve Lynch isn't looking out for the fiscal future of our country, isn't a big fan of privacy (be it woman's rights or the Patriot Act) and worst of all seems to think everything's all hunky and dory in Iraq, at least to the degree that he's given support to the war.
I highly doubt the 9th is in favor of the war and I equally doubt they support fiscal insanty by auctioning the future so we can have our fiscal cake and eat it too now. One of the BMG commenters made a good point: Steve Lynch is an incumbent, has a huge monetary advantage and likely a better get-out-the-vote (GOTV) machine... but does that mean we should just forget about the race?
No. Since there are no polls available (believe me, I've scowered), we don't really know just how safe Lynch's seat is. However, here is a golden opportunity to send Steve Lynch and DINOs everywhere a message. Every vote against Steve Lynch is a vote that will help him become accountable - or else. If Lynch loses, there's one less Iraqi war supporter. If he wins, but faces a primary challenger that forces him to spend money and campaign, he'll learn that he needs to rethink his political philosophy and actually listen to the people he serves.
It's time we make incumbents know that they are still held accountable for their actions. There are no free rides in American Politics.
I'd like to know a lot more about this race. If anyone can provide me any information on either of the candidates and the actual race, please let me know. I'd like to see more competition in Massachusetts races and will cover a plethora of them.
For more information, Dunkelbarger's campaign website and Lynch's website. Plus, Adam Reilly of the Boston Pheonix chimes in with a great (and fair) report. It's a must-read.