Monday, June 28, 2010

Scott Brown looking for support, opposes Cap and Trade

I received this letter  via Scott Brown today.

I have been in office for five months and already the special interests are attacking my record.  My independent voting record speaks for the voters of Massachusetts, and not for anyone else.  From day one, I have said that I would oppose more regulation, higher taxes and an ever-expanding federal budget.

Washington has no shortage of bad ideas.  Even well-intentioned programs usually come wrapped up with higher taxes and fees that I refuse to support.   The special interests are pushing for a national energy tax, otherwise known as cap and trade. They also want to increase red tape and regulation.  For some reason, the Washington elites believe that if one opposes a national energy tax and more regulation, they must also support the Gulf oil spill.  This is ludicrous.

The fact is, cap and trade will hurt the poor and working class the most and America can't afford another tax.

While I continue to fight for lower taxes, less regulation and reduced spending in Washington, some groups are beginning to fight me here in Massachusetts by running negative TV ads. This is nothing new. The political machine has been running ugly attack ads against me since the campaign.

You would think that if my political opponents were really concerned about the Gulf oil spill, that they would invest the hundreds of thousands of dollars they are spending to attack me on efforts to protect the environment in the affected area.  Instead, they cynically attack me for defending the working families of Massachusetts.

I'd like to fight back so I'm writing you this email to ask for your help.  Will you donate $100 right now to my campaign to fight back?  If that amount is not possible, would you consider donating another amount to help fend off these negative attacks?

At the end of the day, my priority continues to be looking out for the broader interests of the people of Massachusetts as a whole. That may make me a target for the special interests, but I will not let their narrow perspective trump the importance of keeping taxes low, cutting red tape and reducing the size of the deficit.
Your Senator,
Scott Brown
United States Senator

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Webster Republicans endorse Tom Wesley for US Congress

For Immediate Release: Contact: Tim Bonin
June 15, 2010 401-580-9602
Webster Republicans Endorse
Tom Wesley for U.S. Congress in Second District

WEBSTER—The Webster Republican Town Committee (RTC) today officially announced its endorsement of Tom Wesley, candidate for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’ Second District. Webster RTC Chairman Jennifer Tonelli said the following:

“Massachusetts needs Tom Wesley in Congress right now. With the ongoing military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fanning of flames between North and South Korea, and the continuing tensions in Israel, we need a congressman who has real-world experience in global preparedness and conflict.

“In addition to being a Navy veteran, Tom Wesley has witnessed firsthand the shortcomings of the social welfare state with the extensive time he has spent in Europe. President Obama has shown some precarious inclinations in this area, making this type of expertise critical in upcoming policy debates.

“On the flip side, you have our current congressman. Richard Neal is too busy in DC and Springfield to remember the people in Central Massachusetts. We have never seen Richard Neal in our town parades or celebrations. In fact, many people around here refer to him as ‘the ghost.’

“Far from a one-issue candidate, Tom Wesley brings a wide base of knowledge on issues as diverse as military preparedness, small and large business management, and high education standards. Tom Wesley is smart. Tom Wesley is electable. Tom Wesley is our future."

Tom Wesley responded to the endorsement:

“With some of our global rivals writing America’s obituary as a world superpower, we need strong leaders with the ideas and the understanding to counter our downward drift. The members of the Webster RTC appreciate this need. I pledge to always work to keep Americans safe, and never vote to put American soldiers into harms way unless it’s absolutely necessary. The peoples of the world share the same hopes of peace, security and prosperity in their lives as Americans, and we should consistently be striving to make that a reality.”

In addition to the Webster Republican Town Committee, Tom Wesley has been endorsement the Springfield Republican City Committee, the Douglas Republican Town Committee, the Hopedale Republican Committee and the Wales Republican Town Committee. He also received nomination signatures from each of the 41 cities and towns in the Second District.

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Tom Wesley is a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 2nd Congressional District against Richard Neal. Tom Wesley lives in Hopedale, MA with his wife Rebecca and three children. Wesley has extensive private sector experience and is a Veteran pilot having served in the United States Navy and at the Pentagon as a member of the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Paid For By Tom Wesley For U.S. Congress

Friday, June 11, 2010

It's time to Repeal Neal in Ma #2 District in November

Received a message from Tom Wesley who is running for Congress in Ma District #2 and thought it was worth sharing.

I want to first thank all of you who emailed, facebooked, tweeted and donated birthday wishes on Monday. I appreciate all your kind words and all that you have done so far for my campaign.

I have just returned from a business trip to Europe, but thanks to the great online community we have created on Facebook and Twitter, I kept campaigning thousands of miles away.

One example of this is a two-part video that I have posted to my blog. I recorded this video for a meeting that I wasn’t able to attend on Monday evening. This video is a great introduction for those who may not have had a chance to hear me speak about my life, my campaign and my plans as your congressman. I encourage you to post the link to your facebook and twitter, and to consider emailing it to your friends and family.

Last Friday, the Boston Globe reported about Richard Neal’s $5,000-a-head summer weekend with him for donors and lobbyists, but they went a step further on Wednesday editorializing against it. The Globe said that Neal “shouldn’t sell access to himself” and “must avoid the fund-raising excesses that are open to top D.C. powerbrokers,” calling his Cape Cod event “one such excess.”
“It’s one thing to accept contributions from those hoping for favors; it’s another to hunker down with them for a weekend, with a fat entry fee … there are plenty of ways for Neal to raise funds without explicitly offering closed-door access to himself, and the fact that other members use similar methods doesn’t make it right.”
I have lived in Washington, D.C. before. I know the temptations that lie around every corner, from money to power to physical pleasures. “Potomac Fever” is nothing new, but with the 24-hour news cycle, politicians are being exposed more and more for their moral shortcomings.

I pledge to be different. I am not seeking to be a career politician. I want to go to Congress to be a part of the clean-up crew that will be the 112th Congress, and do some great things for the people of the Massachusetts Second District.

Have a great weekend.

To Victory,


Tom Wesley
Candidate for U.S. Congress (MA-02)