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November 2, 2012

Joan Lovely lets money do the talking

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.

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