SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 2, 2012

Joan Lovely lets money do the talking

By Jesse Roman Staff writer
The Salem News

---- — If money is any indicator, it appears that 2nd Essex Senate candidate and Salem City Councilor Joan Lovely isn’t too worried about her general election “opponent,” Richard Jolitz of Beverly.

Lovely has pulled back on the spending reins significantly since her lopsided Democratic primary win on Sept. 6.

In the 21/2 weeks before the primary, Lovely spent more than $27,300. In the almost two months since the primary, she has spent only about $8,500.

That doesn’t count $13,000 she spent to pay down the $29,000 she loaned her own campaign in the lead-up to the primary.

Campaign finance reports show that Lovely has spent about $22,000 on printing from Aug. 20 to primary day Sept. 6 and only about $2,800 in printing in the almost two months that have followed. Her main expenses since the primary have included paying her two staffers; food for her campaign reception; and making contributions to charities, organizations and other candidates.

A further sign that Lovely is feeling good: She made a $100 contribution to current Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray a couple of weeks ago.

Not including the money she’s loaned herself, Lovely’s campaign raised about $28,000 from Aug. 20 to Oct. 19.

Republican Jolitz, since filing the proper forms with enough signatures to get his name on the ballot, hasn’t raised a dime in campaign funds, hasn’t made any public campaign appearances and ignores phone calls from reporters — all indications are he’s decided not to run a campaign at all.

That didn’t dissuade The Boston Herald from endorsing Jolitz in an editorial on Oct. 26. The newspaper claimed that Jolitz would be a reliable vote against raising taxes. That could be, but since Jolitz doesn’t talk to the media and isn’t quoted or even paraphrased in the Herald’s “endorsement,” it’s hard to know.

No love for Fishman

Libertarian congressional candidate Daniel Fishman has no doubt impressed voters in the district with his witty and intelligent performances in debates, offering some relief from the often brutal back-and-forth between rivals Rep. John Tierney and Richard Tisei.

Unfortunately for Fishman, he lacks the institutional support and funds — he’s raised only $8,000 — to run any political ads, never mind the kind of media war waged between Democrat Tierney and Republican Tisei.

That’s probably why Fishman is so miffed that he was denied an invitation to two recent televised debates on NECN and WCVB.

The latter told Fishman that he didn’t meet their requirements to participate, and the former just ignored him completely. Fishman only learned about the NECN debate from a Salem News reporter just hours before the live event was scheduled to air.

Fishman said he was “disappointed” by the exclusion.

“I understand that the networks are not about news anymore, it’s about entertainment,” Fishman said in a phone message the day after the NECN debate. “There’s no question that having those two guys (Tierney and Tisei) go back and forth is reality television, and that’s what draws ratings. I’m not shocked that they thought having me there would interfere with the entertainment.”

In response to the WCVB debate, Fishman filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming that he was unfairly kept away. The FEC requires that debate organizers “use pre-established objective criteria” to determine who participates and who doesn’t. Fishman’s argument is that the criteria the station used was designed specifically to keep him out. The criteria included having a campaign staff of three or more, a daily campaign schedule, regular communication with news media, campaign contributions of $50,000 or more, and a showing of at least 10 percent in two of the latest independent polls.

Fishman has said there were not two independent polls at the time of the debate, that he’s not trying to seek large corporate donations and that with social media a large campaign bank account isn’t necessary to be a viable candidate.

“The requirements seem tailor-made to exclude my campaign,” he writes in his complaint.

Patrice on the mend

The other driver in Patrice Tierney’s 8 a.m. car accident in Danvers on Oct. 23 has been cited for failure to use care in stopping, according to a Danvers police report.

Tierney, who is the wife of Congressman John Tierney and an unwitting participant in the 6th District congressional race this year thanks to her brothers-in-law’s well-publicized gambling business, was stopped at the intersection of Centre and Hobart streets when a sport utility vehicle plowed into the rear of her Volkswagen Beetle.

The impact was so strong that Tierney’s car was pushed into the vehicle in front of her, causing damage to that car, the police report said. The driver of the front car reported injuries but refused treatment.

Tierney was taken to Beverly Hospital and released a few hours later. The driver of the SUV, Dawn Borrelli of Salisbury, told police that she couldn’t see the vehicles in front of her because of glare. A witness said Borrelli made no attempt to stop, and there were no skid marks in the road, police said. Tierney and Borrelli’s cars were each towed.

Two days after the accident, Patrice Tierney was still “very sore” but recovering, Congressman Tierney said.

She was returning from an early morning yoga class when the accident occurred.