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Finegold Lands Key Endorsements in Treasurer’s Race

Democratic candidate for state treasurer receives nod from 10 mayors including Melrose, Peabody, Somerville, and Woburn.

Barry Finegold and family. Courtesy
Barry Finegold and family. Courtesy

State Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, announced a slate of urban endorsements from all regions of the state on May 20, that he hoped would solidify convention support next month and in the Democratic primary in September.

Melrose Mayor Bob Dolan, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, and Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin, all threw their support behind Finegold, stating that he was the best person for the job.

“Finegold is exactly the kind of proven, forward-thinking leader we need as our next state treasurer,” said Curtatone. “He's spent 18 years hammering out budgets at the State House, pushed for clean energy and election laws reform legislation, and is also a small business owner. Along that journey he has consistently distinguished himself as someone who casts an eye toward the future.”

Dolan agreed.

“Finegold is the right candidate for the job,” he said. “He grew up in public housing and he started his own small business. Barry has fought for every dollar in his pocket and will fight just the same for our state’s middle class families.”

Galvin said the two had “a great relationship” adding that the candidate understood “mayors and cities need to make things work, has been a good advocate and strong supporter of providing local aid.”

Bettencourt added, “He has demonstrated a solid grasp of the State’s financial picture and has pledged to be a steadfast protector of taxpayer dollars.”

Other mayors backing Finegold included Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, Methuen Mayor Stephen Zanni, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, and West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan.

Finegold also received the endorsements of House Leaders Chairman Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad, D-Somerset, and Majority Leader Ron Mariano, D-Quincy, according to a statement.

“I am happy to receive this support and that leaders beyond Beacon Hill also believe I’ll be a treasurer they can trust on issues important to their communities,” Finegold said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from across the Commonwealth when I become treasurer.”

Disciple July 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM
“Again, you don’t seem to understand that a business cannot force you buy a product.” Of course they can, when they eliminate their competition. The whole ideal about rational actors and self-correcting markets is rubbish. “Can you imagine all the profit firms could make if they didn’t have to spend all of this marketing money?” What we have now is a big shell game. Industries have been so consolidated that they create subsidiaries, or buy their competition and leave them as subsidiaries, in order to make it look like there’s no monopoly. I am thinking of breakfast cereals, which are generally owned by Kellogg, but by no means is that the only example. A choice between Kellogg or a subsidiary of Kellogg is no choice at all. “Well, there is only one entity that can make that happen, and that’s the govt.” Again, shifting natural monopolies to the private sector has always caused enormous problems. The need for profit always outweighs the need to provide services to the public. If you want to break up monopolies, government is the ONLY solution because consolidation is the natural tendency of markets. “It is enforceable when firms refuse to sell it. And to date, the only places where cigarettes have stopped being sold are in the private sector.” Oh? Is that why it’s so hard to get cigarettes? Oh wait, it’s not hard at all. How about for minors, can they get cigarettes? No, because the government set up laws to stop the private sector from selling to them. Can the private sector advertise to kids? No, not because the private sector deemed it so, but because the government passed laws so they couldn’t. Your cigarette argument is your worst yet.
Disciple July 01, 2014 at 02:03 PM
“But all of those things I can get at a dozen mom and pops” Absurd. There are NO mom & pops capable of going head to head with Wal-Mart because of Wal-Mart’s predatory pricing strategies. And a rebuttal to the Wal-Mart rebuttal: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/24/walmart-fact-check-new-york-times_n_5525588.html . “It's a lose lose situation for every community. If you are offering me Hitler or Mussolini is that a good and fair choice? Bifurcation fallacy” Not at all. In fact, the number of multinationals dominating specific markets is staggering. Often, a Wal-Mart is the only game in town in rural areas, especially after they undercut their competition and put them out of business. “I’ve worked in retail and I can assure, given the DNA of some of the cashiers, we needed supervisors just to insure people got to work on time.” Most of the low-level supervisors make no more than the clerks. There's only a real bump in salary at the assistant manager level.
Disciple July 01, 2014 at 02:04 PM
“Here you go again. You don’t seem to understand how unique each presidency is. A little Non Sequitur, Reagan vetoed the Big Dig but Tip O’Neil overrode his veto.” That’s a micro policy. At the macro level, Reaganomics is still dominant: outsourcing, free trade, unfettered business consolidation, killing unions, low taxes on the wealthy. None of this had changed presidency to presidency. “Here, I have an entire strip of mom & pops from Chelmsford through Westford to Littleton and then even going down 2A in Acton.” Often, that’s because of local government policy to block the big chain stores from entering the market. That’s a good thing. I wish my local government took the same view. ““They (Fed Ex) aren't that great and they don't go everywhere.” They work for me just great.” Again, when it comes to delivering to rural areas, FedEx relies on the PO. If they kill off the PO there won’t be any package delivery or mail delivery to most rural areas. We have some great postal workers here so I can’t relate to the crabapple comment.
Disciple July 01, 2014 at 02:06 PM
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we aren’t in another country, we’re here.” Right, but the internet should be a public utility available to all for a nominal fee. Most other countries agree that broadband internet should be available to everyone at very cheap prices. Both Verizon and Comcast are overcharging us for access and have broken numerous promises to deploy broadband more widely. The only thing that can change this situation is public policy. ““Any big agency is going to have issues with service.” Yet you criticize FIOS/Comcast? Funny!” No, your defense of Verizon and Comcast is comical considering their reputation. According to you the private sector solves everything, but instead it turns into abusive monopolists feeding at the public trough. Inefficiency is expected in larger institutions, whether it’s Comcast or the government. The dissonance is that you are still insisting that the private sector is better. It’s not. “You are conflating. There is a huge difference between a railway and a water filtration plant.” As someone who has privatized water service, I can tell you first hand that it’s a disaster. They failed to maintain or upgrade their facilities for decades and now residents have faced huge rate increases in order to make up for their incompetence. The story is very much the same regardless of the location: Europe, the US, Canada. There’s nothing wrong with learning from other’s mistakes. “Why not try an example of an American town in modern times OK? Here, try this:” Sandy Springs just divorced itself from metropolitan Atlanta, so instead of creating its own government infrastructure it made more sense to outsource. It was only able to do so because it’s a relatively wealthy suburb with little crime and few social needs. Of course, Atlanta will suffer a little because they lose revenue. Despite what Sandy Springs would say, they rely on Atlanta for infrastructure and business opportunities. If Atlanta goes down, so will Sandy Springs.
Disciple July 01, 2014 at 02:12 PM
“You can have better disability insurance in the private market.” Not true at all. If you qualify for SSDI, the SSDI payments will be deducted from the private insurance payouts. Private disability is built as excess insurance above SSDI. “But hey, if you want to rely on politicians to keep your lifeline in a “locked box” then you go right ahead.” It’s invested in treasuries which are the safest investment in the world. “And the govt. doesn’t have control over your health care so they have no incentive to see you live less” And the private industry has no self-interest in denying you coverage to protect their profits? They have been doing that forever. “So the schools would still get funded the only difference would be that the schools would have to compete for tax dollars.” The school choice argument is so funny. The only reason Westwood has “good schools” is because its students are wealthy. If you import poorer students and students with special needs from other districts, the school ratings will suffer. “We don’t have a democracy we have a republic.” No, it’s a constitutionally limited representative democratic republic. The government is still a democratic institution. “About ten paragraphs ago, you were trying to convince me your theory about how there is no real choice between Wal Mart and Target, even though the exchange is voluntary, but all of a sudden, in an instance where the exchange is involuntary, I have choice?” You DO have a choice. You can opt out of Obamacare/Romneycare and buy your own plan outside the exchange, or you can buy no health insurance and pay a fine. That’s a real choice, moreso than Wal-Mart vs Target. And in either case you can buy from one of the heavily consolidated private health insurers who will be happy to deny your claims just like they used to. “I’ll agree ½ the people want statism, but in any election there are going to be winners and losers” Half? Medicare and Social Security are tremendously popular, as are most of the New Deal/Great Society reforms. “I don’t see how Libertarianism is any more toxic to ½ the population as any other party where opposition exists.” Libertarians represent roughly 20% of the population, about the same as true liberals. But libertarian views on the size and scope of government usually run counter to the desires of most of any country. It’s why most Europeans are balking at the privatization agenda of the World Bank, IMF, and the EU bank and subsequently had their elected leaders replaced with bank-friendly politicians. “Also, Freidman, while a very smart economist was a Classical Liberal and not a Libertarian. I don’t recall him ever endorsing a Libertarian in any races” Freidman realized that third parties are not going to win so he backed Republicans who would implement his agenda. “Oh no. That’s wrong. In many places and cases, a minority has protections. For example, there has to be a 2/3 majority, or there are parliamentary procedures like filibusters.” Of course there are protections for the minority opinion, many of them abused over the last six years. Fundamentally though, majority votes carry the day under most circumstances and even then, democracy implies voting not simple majority. “Actually he was very specific in his platform, so once again, you’re wrong:” OK, he spelled out exactly how crazy he is. I take it back.

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