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News :: Environment
for those who campaign for office.
23 Jun 2004
Info on handing out leaflets may be a usefull crossover to protestor leaflets.
State: Town wrong to bar man from meeting

By RICK COLLINS
The Patriot Ledger

SCITUATE - Town officials improperly stopped a Republican candidate for Congress from distributing campaign material at special town meeting, according to the secretary of state's office.

A state law prohibiting the display and distribution of campaign materials within 150 feet of a polling place does not apply to town meetings, as Scituate officials insisted when they asked Michael J. Jones of Plymouth and his volunteers to leave the meeting, the state ruled.

The town could have barred Jones from handing out leaflets and holding signs if it had a policy addressing the issue. But it doesn't.

‘‘It is not a polling place, and the 150 foot (rule) doesn't apply, but the town can make rules,'' Brian McNiff, a spokesman for Secretary of State William Galvin, said yesterday. ‘‘If the town does make rules and apply them they have to be applied equally.''

Jones is looking to unseat U.S. Rep. William Delahunt this year. The Quincy Democrat is in his fourth term.

Town Clerk Bernice Brown and Selectmen Chairman Richard Lane said they felt justified in asking Jones and his volunteers to move to the other side of the parking lot Monday, and eventually to leave. They said they expect the town will soon adopt a formal policy on campaigning outside town meetings.

Despite the state opinion, both sides continue to spar over the incident.

Conley Ford, a Scituate resident and a Jones volunteer, demanded a formal apology from town officials.

‘‘I think my civil rights were violated big time by the chairman and Bernice Brown,'' he said.

Jones said the town is ‘‘fishing for an excuse'' to rationalize politically motivated behavior.

‘‘They clearly had a partisan agenda and wanted to stop us from meeting voters,'' he said.

Lane's wife, Jane, is the communications director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Richard Lane fired back, saying Jones is a ‘‘poor candidate'' looking for media attention to jump-start a foundering campaign. As evidence, he pointed to Jones' campaign office sending a press release out yesterday to media outlets across the state that contained home phone numbers of Republican volunteers who were at the special town meeting.

‘‘They won't let it die,'' Lane said. ‘‘There was no conspiracy. I don't understand why they don't have anything better to do. ... Apparently, they have such a (bad) candidate this is the only way they can get his name in the press.''

Rick Collins may be reached at rcollins (at) ledger.com.

Copyright 2004 The Patriot Ledger
Transmitted Wednesday, June 23, 2004

This work is in the public domain
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Retribution!
23 Jun 2004
Okay, a Republican got barred from Democrats? Justice served! Since the Republicans would do it to a Democrat in a heartbeat!
Both are phoney pieces of shit anyway!
The Republican's are mostly open crooks!
While the, "No Heart" Democrats look like wimps. Taking a beating from the bullying neo-cons. Can't seem to find 1 Democrat in the House to Impeach Dubya. Not one! That's all it takes to get the ball rolling!
To the Democrats in SCITUATE...GOOD FOR YOU! Keep the Neo-Con OUT of D.C.!
The right wing got a taste of its own medicine!