Dems attack GOP U.S. Senate "front-runner"

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — Two U.S. Senate hopefuls personally handed in voter signatures Wednesday to qualify for the GOP primary and Democrats are already launching attacks against one candidate in particular.

“I think it’s a sad commentary quite honestly where the party bosses on the Democratic side look for opportunities to divide,” said former U.S. attorney Michael Sullivan.

Sullivan is being singled out by Democrats for his socially conservative positions, having been an opponent of gay marriage when he served as a state Representative in the early 90s.

“So what will happen nationally?  If this month the court decides in favor of marriage equality will Michael Sullivan stand by that court decision?” asked Rep. Carl Sciortino (D-Medford), an openly gay legislator who spoke at a news conference held by the Massachusetts Democratic Party after Sullivan handed in his signatures.

“Michael Sullivan stands alone in the backward looking stance that more accurately reflects the national Republican Party and how they run,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh.

Democrats consider Sullivan the GOP frontrunner.  His campaign collected 20,000 voter signatures without hiring paid signature-collectors like his Republican rivals. But Norfolk Representative Dan Winslow says attacking Sullivan is a Democratic strategy designed to distract voters from moderate Republicans like himself. 

“That is a tactic that the Democratic National Committee has used in other states to try to pick the person that they most wish that they could run against,” said Winslow.

Winslow submitted about 16,000 signatures and a third Republican hopeful, Gabriel Gomez, has been delivering batches of signatures through his campaign over the past week.  U.S. Senate candidates must submit 10,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of State’s office by 5 o’clock Wednesday to get their names on the primary ballot.

If you’re not already registered to vote, you should do so by April 10. The primary will take place on April 30.  The election will occur on June 25.


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