THE Y2000 Ted Kennedy Handicap
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Here's a complete listing of candidates in the Massachusetts Y2000 Senate race, based on...
People who signed out nomination papers at the Secretary of State's office, date of signout, & website link -
1 independent Timesizing.com, 1 Democrat, 1 Natural Law, 1 Libertarian, 1 'Constitution', 2 Republicans (1 'avowed' but resigned, 1 disavowed)
(all phone numbers are in area 617 unless noted - Asterisked links are *outside our site.)
(The 2/28 nomination paper sign-out of Guy Darby Drake Jr, unaffiliated, W. Hyannisport, appears to have been a mistake or a bluff, because a search on 4/20 disclosed no phone number or website for him and no signatures from him had been turned in to city or town clerks around Boston by the 8/01 deadline.
- 1/31 Philip Hyde III (yours truly), independent Timesizing.com (former progressive Republican), Code M, 623-8080
Spending only about $1,000, mostly on signature paper xeroxes and gas for his red '85 Mazda LX, Phil received 8,390 votes (0.3%) = a cost of 12 cents per vote, in his 'Y2K IQ test' for voters - but much more so for media and the American democracy-veneered plutocracy, in its design current at the dawn of the Third Millennium.
In the final count, Phil had 14,000 raw signatures, all but 82 gathered himself at a rate of 80 a day every day for 5-1/2 months at supermarkets from Revere (E) to Billerica (W) and from North Reading to Needham (S). These produced 12,185 certified signatures, a success rate of 87% overall, which at least one fellow candidate (Philip Lawler of the Constitution Party while waiting for the taping of Emily Rooney's Greater Boston show on 10/31/00) found astonishingly high. The 'secret' is probably: trying to read each first & last name, & address, immediately and if any one of the three components is illegible, asking the signee what it is & if necessary, to spell it, and then quickly printing just the problem item(s) beside or above the problem, first names in mixed case top right of slot if possible, last names all caps bottom right, & addresses top right of their slot, as existing slot usage allows.
As of July 23, Phil had 13,600 raw signatures, a certifiable rate of 88.9% and 8900 certified in hand.
By the Democrat-GOP-Libertarian (ballot-status parties) signature deadline (May 9), Phil had 8,008 raw signatures even though his independent third-party deadline was still nearly 3 months away (Aug. 1). Of that number, Phil had filed 5,747 toward the 10,000-signature requirement with city & town clerks, of which 4414 had been processed by the clerks. Of that number, 3950 had been certified, yielding a phenomenal success rate of 89.5%, a marked contrast with Phil's mere 51% rate (2300/4500) in the 1998 Eighth Congressional race on a progressive Republican ticket. Apparently, running as an independent third-party candidate makes signatures easier (but media harder).
- 1/31 *Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat, Code D, 720-2288
Ted raised, and presumably spent, some $6,000,000 for this race, and received 1,871,112 votes (72.6%), a cost of $3.21 per vote. That's really weak, Ted. Maybe you should follow your nephew Joe's example - retire and allow more participation and fresher approaches in this supposedly representative system at the dawn of this new millennium.
Senator Ted filed over 27,000 signatures with city & town clerks by May 3, a few days before the ballot-status party deadline of May 9. Congrats, Ted.
- 2/25 (Rob Stowe for) *Dale E. Friedgen , Natural Law (linked with Transcendental Meditation & the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi), Code B, 508-856-0753 (click & scan down to the Mass. candidates in alphabetical list of states).
Dale had raised and presumably spent about $2500 by Oct. 25, according to an article by Frank Tutalo of the "Transcript Statehouse Bureau" (which appeared in the Lowell Sun?). Dale won 13,586 votes (1%), for a cost of 18 cents per vote. Pretty good, Dale! Bet it was that energetic media-phoner of yours, your wife June.
As of 8/06, Dale estimated that he had 20,000 signatures from western Massachusetts turned in to the town and city clerks and would easily have the 10,000 required signatures, plus extras, turned in to the Secretary of State's office by the Aug. 29 deadline.
- 2/03 *Carla Howell, Libertarian (cut gov't except for courts & defense), Code L, 508-358-0750
Carla had raised and presumably spent $723,000 as of Oct. 24, according to an article "Howell points finger at 'big Boston media'" by Frank Tutalo of the Transcript Statehouse Bureau, which presumably ran in the Lowell Sun on Oct. 25. Carla received 306,457 votes (12%), for a cost of $2.36 per vote. Not that great, Carla, but as you point out in the article, the Boston Globe gave Joe Malone three times as much coverage as you when he ran in 1988. What an index of the deterioration of the Globe's political staff, coverage, and editorial responsibility in just 12 years, and quite possibly applicable to the whole American plutocracy that we jokingly call a "democracy"! Note that 'plutos' in Greek means 'wealth,' but Pluto was the Greek god of death, and that's where America is headed unless we strengthen our wealth centrifuges and restore some real feedback to the decision-making process in this country.
Carla filed 33,467 signatures by her May 9 deadline and according the Globe (5/11, B1) had 12,592 certified by May 10. Great work, Carla, and the whole Libertarian team in Massachusetts! You're an inspiration to us all, and an example of party building.
- 2/02 *Philip Lawler, "Constitution" (anti-reproductive privacy, pro-forced birthing), Code K, 781-843-1776
Lawler received 42,776 votes (2%), but we have no information on how much he spent.
Lawler said he was "close to that quota [10,000] already" on May 8 though his deadline is Aug. 1. On Oct. 31 at the taping for the Greater Boston show, he intimated that his total was around 20,000 raw signatures, similar to Friedgen's.
- 2/15 *Michael J. Sullivan, GOP-accredited and Plymouth MA-based Republican, Code R but resigned mid-March in favor of...
3/24 *Jack E. Robinson III, till this race Connecticutt-based Republican and since then, GOP-disavowed, Code R, 324-2000
"Carpetbag Jack" spent over $200,000 on this race and received 333,455 votes (13%), slightly more than Carla despite all her work and that of her vibrant and hard-working Libertarian rank-and-file, her much higher spending and her longtime Massachusetts residency. The difference was clearly due to the phenomenon of mostly blind party-ticket voting by Republicans, which Phil Hyde experienced in the 1996 (over 27,000 votes) and 1998 races (14,000 votes) against Joe Kennedy in the 8th Congressional District (Joe resigned partway through the '98 race and was replaced by a hydra of 10 Democratic candidates of whom the most machiavellian prevailed and promptly dropped into what Emily Rooney described on 10/31/00 as a 'black hole' - John O'Connor, where were you this year?). Anyhoo, Jack got phenomenal half-negative, half-grudgingly admiring media extending to the New York Times and the Economist of London, just by running as Republican and in spite of (& in many cases, because of) being disavowed by Massachusetts' Republican Party and Governor. So Jack came up with a cost of 60 cents per vote, much better than Carla and Ted, but much worse than the independents - and what a measure this is of the greater difficulty of a strong third-party campaign - though some blame has to be laid at the door of the essentially negative ('dismantle all gov't except for justice & defense') Libertarian platform and Carla's strong reliance on strident Massachusetts gun-owners - a group that greatly worries most of the state's voters.
In July and August, Jack performed an admirable 'please adopt me' ritual to his target state by doing a lightening visit ("Freedom Express") to the town halls of all 351 villages, towns and cities in Massachusetts, whether or not there was anyone there to see him (some were on vacation - he left a bumpersticker anyway). We believe Republican activist and listserve contributor Ian Baine accompanied him, prior to his later resignation. Ian, there's a book in that - hope you kept a diary!
Jack said he filed a few more than 13,000 "raw" signatures for his 10,000 certified signatures by his May 9 deadline. He reportedly paid Charlie Chisholm of Powderhouse Sq, Somerville, $100,000 for 7,000 signatures - that's $14.29 per autograph! Jack later raised his 73-certified-signature cushion to 342 by appealing uncertified signatures to the city and town clerks. Then Secretary of State Galvin tossed out 203 on technicalities, such as signature pages xeroxed upside-down back to front, leaving Jack with a cushion of only 139. Then the Democrats and Libertarians challenged 1500 of Jack's signatures for various reasons. In particular, the Dems prepared 78 subpoenas and apparently launched them, because a 7/01 Globe report mentioned [78x2=] 156 signatures successfully challenged. This figure would reflect the testimony of 78 married couples who came in and denied they had signed. That effectively pushes Jack's signatures below the 10,000 requirement. Although the Dems claimed a "pattern of forgery," referred the case to the Attorney General for possible criminal prosecution, and Jack's three staffers "jumped ship" to help less troubled GOP campaigns, Jack appealed the technicalities to the state Supreme Court, which eventually, bizarrely, did a mid-race reversal of their own past-race decision about the unacceptability of upside-down xeroxing, and let Jack on the ballot. Was this mutiny on the USS Kennedy? Will the Democratic Party appeal the appeal? Apparently not. 'Democracy' in America careens on.
The 2/15 nomination paper sign-out of Daryl Hanlin, Republican, running for state senate in the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District, was mistakenly entered in the section for the federal race at the Secretary of State's office.)
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