Kevin O’Connor is pushing a “commonsense” platform centered on neighborhood security and good jobs as he seems to take down Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey.
Julie Corridor is specializing in “getting the economic system again on observe,” “getting kids again to high school” and “making certain our neighborhoods stay secure” as she vies towards Democrat Jake Auchincloss for the open 4th Congressional District seat.
Bay State Republicans operating for federal workplace are pitching comparable messages of financial safety and public security as they appear to attain already-difficult victories in ever-blue Massachusetts made doubly difficult this 12 months by a hyper-partisan political surroundings and an election that’s solid as a referendum on President Trump from the highest of the poll on down.
It’s a tall order. Because the GOP Home and Senate hopefuls voice assist for the president, their Democratic rivals blast them as “Trump Republicans” in a bid to harm their standing amongst voters. The Republicans, in flip, taunt their opponents for being a part of a “socialist” left and accuse them of parroting “widespread ‘woke’ speaking factors” as an alternative of working for his or her constituents.
Corridor mentioned the Democrats “imagine in the event that they name us ‘Trump Republicans’ individuals will someway imagine we’re horrible, evil individuals.”
However the U.S. Air Power veteran and former Attleboro metropolis councilor mentioned voters “are smarter than that,” including, “They know I might not have made it to the rank of colonel, notably as a girl, if I didn’t reveal frequent sense, sound logic, professionalism, competency and profitable outcomes.”
The Republicans on the poll contend that their pitches are extra about “frequent sense” points that “transcend events” than partisan politics.
“For the primary time in a very long time Massachusetts voters have a selection,” mentioned Helen Brady, the ninth Congressional District GOP hopeful who ran unsuccessfully for state auditor in 2018. “The Republican Social gathering has robust, various federal candidates operating throughout Massachusetts who won’t be a part of any mob, who will assist legislation enforcement, college selection and put the values of their districts forward of any political occasion.”
They’re additionally making the sorts of bipartisan overtures which have helped elect Republicans in statewide races earlier than, as they play for so-called “JFK Democrats” and the independents who make up practically 57% of the state’s registered voters in a bid to tip the mathematics of their favor.
“Individuals on either side of the aisle have an urge for food for somebody who needs to get issues carried out,” O’Connor, a Dover legal professional, mentioned. “My attraction is to these individuals.”
However Boston College presidential historian Thomas Whalen mentioned there aren’t sufficient of these JFK Democrats left to “make a distinction.” And he mentioned the times of creating bipartisan messages work are additionally previous as voters hunker down in “ideological silos.”
“Individuals view points, view occasions, alongside crimson and blue traces,” Whalen mentioned. “I don’t assume within the close to future we’ll see a return to that form of average Republican that may make that form of (bipartisan) argument.”
But the GOP candidates stay hopeful within the ultimate days earlier than Nov. 3.
“A typical-sense Republican like me can win,” mentioned Caroline Colarusso, a Stoneham choose board member operating within the 4th Congressional District. “I imagine my message of freedom, academic and financial equality, the expectation of an neutral authorities and advocacy for college selection is resonating with voters from each events.”