Still old-fashioned enough around here to appreciate ‘work-horse’ instead of a ‘show-horse’ when it comes to politicians we elect

Why some candidates resonate with voters over others, despite Party identification, is a topic that fascinates many people who avidly follow politics.

I am one of those people.

I was reading a copy of Yankee Magazine while waiting for an appointment recently and got engrossed in an article about an old time Vermonter who used a plow hitched to a horse long after this method was deemed inefficient and then another article about a North Country backwoodsman from NH who lived a hard scrabble life, hunting, selling the pelts, planting enough to get by on the acreage left to him by his family.

I think these articles resonate around here in New England . They capture our interest because we appreciate the work ethic, the toughness, doggedness, and determination to see the job done. Done, and done in an un-flashy manner.

That’s the way we like our politicians, most of them anyway, as well: most people that New Englanders elect and keep re-electing are exactly those type of people – these are the people that see that there is a job that has to get done, they recognize that government is tool to be used to work for the common good, and they want to operate the machinery of government so that it benefits the vast majority of citizens.

It may not be flashy: it’s noticing that a pothole needs fixing, or a park needs mowing, or that someone’s Social Security benefits aren’t arriving on time, that a seawall needs repair, or that broadband needs expanding, that we need to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels.

We don’t seem too receptive to the flashy ‘salesman/politician’ a la Harold Hill, the main character from The Music Man; we’ve been duped once or twice, but we quickly seem to get their measure and then those ‘Harold Hills’ ( aka Mitt Romneys, Scott Browns) get booted out of office and then pretty much get a cold shoulder politically from us:we won’t be duped again.

We value this quality from our politicians – knowledge of current events, good constituent service,a good working knowledge of how government works – the machinery and gears always aimed going forward, not in reverse,working for justice for all, not the few.

The people of Massachusetts have taken the measure of the 2 men running in the Special Senate election ┬áin 2013 and the recent polls reflect that voters are appreciating the ‘work-horse’ : Ed Markey, over the newcomer, Gabriel Gomez, who is seldom without the flashy pilot’s jacket and whom seems as packaged and as put together as the ‘show-horses’ in the ring.

Since the weather has turned warmer and the jacket jettisoned, have you noticed Gomez is seldom without a shirt that has pilots wings on it?

We get it, Gabe….

It’s all you’ve got.

Thanks for your service as a Veteran, Gabe ( Markey is a Veteran as well) , but the voters have taken your measure, and you are a ‘one note Nellie’.

Massachusetts voters want the work-horse.

Massachusetts voters will make Ed Markey the next Senator from Massachusetts

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2 Responses to Still old-fashioned enough around here to appreciate ‘work-horse’ instead of a ‘show-horse’ when it comes to politicians we elect

  1. Janet Alfieri says:

    Some of these candidates who come out of nowhere in election years have bios that, on paper, make them appear perfect. Upon closer inspection and after interviews, it becomes clearer that a bio with no record is not enough (see Sarah Palin). Locally, anyone who suffered under Anthony O’Brien’s term as a Plymouth County Commissioner knows this to be true. He, too, was a former Navy Seal . . . and that’s about it. He had no record. He was a blank slate. After he was elected, he did not exhibit the ability to do the hard work and conduct the thoughtful negotiations necessary for good governance. Instead, it quickly became apparent that his only agenda was the destruction of the Commission. He turned it into a clown show that made reading about the PCC meetings a bit like watching a schoolyard fight.
    Of course, those who paid close attention during the campaign could see the seeds of this bad behavior in his campaign appearances. To the few who attended, it was clear that O’Brien was uninformed, bombastic and secretive. Those who voted for him found out too late.
    These mystery candidates who seem to be cut out of whole cloth by public relations pros deserve extra scrutiny. After the election, it’s too late. Markey may not be very flashy, but he has paid his dues and has a strong legislative record of supporting the environment, women’s issues, gun control, and Massachusetts’ job growth. Gomez? I don’t even know what he did in business to make all that money. I’m born and bred in New England and I worked as a reporter for a long time, I don’t trust flashy until I see what’s below the surface.

  2. I’d like to believe it’s still true. When once upon a time a man, women had yet to break that glass ceiling, would bring his one passion to the polls. He’d win election and fight tooth and nail to turn that passion into reality and then bow out so the next man or women could take their passion to Washington to fight the good fight.

    Unfortunately Miss Haley the people that New Englanders elect and keep re-electing are no longer those people you speak of.

    Perfect example is Cape Wind who been fighting the exact people e.g. Robert Kennedy Jr. who should be on their side.

    We need legislators who, “won’t stop ’til they get enough.”

    Let’s hope when ‘win’ Ed Markey becomes the next Senator from Massachusetts he, “won’t stop ’til they get enough.”

    If I lived in Massachusetts I be working as hard as I worked to elect Chris Murphy to the Senate.

    Peace my liberal friend, John

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