, Gloucester, MA

April 26, 2013

Letter: Lynch is 'the real deal' in Senate race

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

As a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, it isn’t often I find a candidate that wears the label Democrat that I am truly excited about, but Congressman Stephen Lynch is that guy.

Lynch is a different kind of leader, one who is straight-forward, sincere, and honest. He has not only talked the talk but walked the walk of the “every man” by being an iron worker for 18 years while going to college at night, first to earn his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Wentworth Institute of Technology, then his law degree from Boston College.

He knows what middle-class families go through every single day just to juggle school, home, work, finances, and bills because he’s done it. Those strong working class values will help him champion policies that will help the middle class to not only survive, but prosper.

In his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lynch has proven himself to be a self-described “people guy” who will put aside differences and cross the aisle if it means getting the best result for the people of Massachusetts. He can speak to the issues based on his own personal experiences and has a strong record of fighting for jobs and economic development and giving voice to those who don’t have one. He is a true servant of the people.

Here in Gloucester, he has listened to and championed our local fishermen and will work hard to try to right the wrongs that have been forced upon our fleet by an out-of-control government agency. His opponent quite frankly doesn’t seem to care.

Lynch has an outstanding record of responding to constituent needs and helping them navigate through the red tape of government agencies. Whether it’s an issue with a missing Social Security check or assistance with housing, Lynch’s office has earned the reputation as the place to go when help is needed. His dedication has also helped prevent three Veterans Administration hospitals in his Congressional district from closing.

Lynch, like President Obama, is still considering what his vote will be on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but that hasn’t stopped Environmental activist Tom Sayer of California from spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a campaign to defeat him. Sayer is paying canvassers who plan to knock on 300,000 doors statewide and fly planes with banners that read statements like “Steve Lynch for Oil Evil Empire.” Is a guy from California going to tell you how to vote?

I hope that the people of Massachusetts will join me in electing a candidate who is the real deal, who has never forgotten where he came from, and who is willing to fight for us and represent our views in Massachusetts instead of being influenced by outside money. Lynch strongly opposes the toxic effects of big money on our elections, and 93 percent of his donors live in the state and 45 percent gave less than $100.

I hope you’ll all take a good look at Steve Lynch and cast your vote for him in Tuesday’s Democratic primary to fill John Kerry’s vacated Senate seat. I’m proud to say he has mine.