Last week, State Senate candidate Dean Cavaretta took part in an online Q&A session on Acton Patch. One of the participants, noting that there was a Twitter account titled “Dems for Dean”, asked the candidate what Democrats had endorsed his campaign. The candidate used this question as an opportunity to highlight the similarities between his economic point of view and that of President Bill Clinton. The President Emeritus has publicly stated that, economically speaking, it is improper to raise taxes during a recession. There are many reasons why this is true, far too many to go into at any length, but essentially, an increase in taxes raises interest rates and decreases consumer spending.
Despite this seemingly innocuous statement in a pleasant online chat, some members of the Massachusetts Democratic Party have since attempted to use this as ammunition with which to attack Mr. Cavaretta. Kevin Franck, spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, released an incredibly bitter statement on the subject, saying, among other things, “Maybe Dean Cavaretta was in a secret meeting with kings and queens when Hillary Clinton, who calls him all the time, rang him to break the news about Bill's endorsement.”
The sad truth is that Mr. Franck's venom isn't uncommon in the political arena. Rather than discuss the issues, he has attempted to distort a statement and improperly use it for his own ends. Whatever his purpose was in making these comments, the only end he achiever was to look like another sordid character in the modern-day political play.