I was stunned to read an unfair partisan attack written by Burlington resident Pat Moreno last week casting aspersions against our State Representative, Ken Gordon. Mr. Moreno argues that we can’t trust Rep. Gordon because while he appears “affable” to our face, he is hiding the fact that his working against our interest in the legislature, being rewarded by “leadership with committee and chair appointments, positions that confer generous monetary rewards.”
In fact, the person who is failing to disclose the truth is Mr. Moreno. Mr. Moreno is a member of the Burlington Republican Town Committee (BRTC) (See: http://www.burlington.org/BRTC_Minutes_9_14_2015.pdf). He knows that if he were to disclose the nature of his elected office with the BRTC, the reader could consider his lack of objectivity. So he hides this fact.
Let’s set the record straight. Gordon is not a committee chair. He is the vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws. (See: https://malegislature.gov/People/Profile/KIG1). The vice chair of that committee does not receive a stipend. (See: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/06/state_salary_database_how_much.html)
Mr. Moreno knows that Rep. Gordon receives no pay for this vice-chairmanship, but he writes it anyway.
It is true that in short order, Rep. Gordon has earned the respect of legislative leadership. He has used the access he has gained to benefit Burlington and Bedford. That’s how he was able to convince the state to redesign the intersection of Routes 128 and 3 to relieve the traffic bottleneck. That’s how he was able to help start a shuttle bus service for our businesses. That’s how he was able to convince the Commonwealth to move a Salt Shed away from a residential neighborhood.
Mr. Moreno’s plan, and the plan of the candidate he supports, is to sacrifice all of the access Rep. Gordon has earned for our towns in order to put one more Republican in the state legislature. Paul Girouard told us so at the end of the BCAT Debate.
As a registered independent, I urge Burlington and Bedford residents, plus Precinct 3 in Wilmington, to vote for the candidate who will put party politics aside and do what is best for our towns. Vote for Ken Gordon on Nov. 8.
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