Capuano’s travels

October 14, 2009
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The Boston Globe this week made a big fuss over our Congressman Mike Capuano’s $24,000 spent on congressional travel to foreign nations during the past few years.

The inference, if one was to be drawn, is that Capuano, now seeking Ted Kennedy’s senate seat, has been profligate in spending government money during foreign travels.

The charges are ludicrous – as has been the Globe’s coverage of Capuano’s campaign.

The Globe wants Attorney General Martha Coakley to be Senator Martha Coakley.

In its arrogance, the Globe is again trying to crown the new senator so it can please itself being a kingmaker.

What the Globe won’t write about is how the attorney general has been campaigning for higher office for longer than a year.

Nearly everywhere Coakley has appeared during the past year she has been preceded by a very expensive entourage of her highly paid state functionaries who, in reality, have been campaigning for her.

All is fair in love and war – and this senate campaign is more about war than it is about love.

Capuano voted against the Iraq War.

He knows something about foreign policy.

He has traveled to Iraq and the Middle East and to Europe while Attorney General Coakley has made the rounds in Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, et cetera, with her sizable staff always tagging along.

No one at the Globe will be adding up the cost of the attorney general’s run during the past year of campaigning.

What they are adding up is Capuano’s travel costs – which don’t add up to a new Ford Fusion with a sunroof.

Capuano has been smart to attack Coakley and to separate himself from the pack that is running for Kennedy’s senate seat.

The Globe isn’t with him.

Capuano is running on his own – the way he likes it.

  • veritas

    Wow=talk about shilling for a candidate! Didn’t anyone over there read the Globe Scott Lehigh hit piece on Martha last week? Selective cherry picking? Capuano has been running his whole life- is it different that a woman who has worked for 23 years in sometimes gut wrenching and low paying public service jobs has to follow a different standard? Gee -I guess the old boys club had a meeting over there at the Chelsea Record and decided to give it to one of their own- 221 years without a woman in the Senate- if it was up to the Record staff we’d stay back in the 19th century- I can hear you thinking; :why did we even give women the vote?” You folks are scary- time to write pieces that actually contain facts and talk about real issues. Throwing dirt bombs at other papers and other candidates hardly qualifies you for a Pulitzer-

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  • T.C.

    All is fair in love and war but the difference is in the dollar.

    AG Coakley burned her opponents by raising more than 2.1 million in the first month of her campaign. Chalk it up to planning (who wouldn’t want a Senator who thinks ahead?), but Coakley had every right to think of running early, a right to campaign, and a right to win; she’s proven she has the ability to raise the necessary funds, and you bet your bottom she had a right to do so.

    It was a completely different kind of dough that Capuano squandered drinking wine in Italy. That measly twenty-four thousand dollars didn’t come from fundraisers; it came from the pockets of hard-working Commonwealth constituents, the same constituents Capuano expects to vote for him (maybe it’s just me, but I refuse to vote for someone who used my money for a Moroccan vacation). And when you convert that twenty-four thousand dollars to say, computers for school children, it doesn’t look so measly to me.

    And, dear poster, though you’ve tried to marginalize the worldliness of Worcester, Springfield, Lowell ETC., let me remind you that we are not voting for a diplomat nor a general. We are voting for a Senator to represent the Commonwealth’s collective needs and issues. I’d take a Springfield native with over two decades of experience serving the Commonwealth collective over a gluttonous man walking a fine line between service and indulgence any day (last time I checked, there was no war in Portugal, so why did Capuano need to spend an entire July there…on my dime?)

  • Brett

    “Capuano is running on his own-the way he likes it.” You said it first. While Coakley has been traveling the state, talking to people she will represent, Capuano has been galavanting around the world on our dime and building his resume so he can tell big stories about all that he’s seen–on his own. It must be nice to get too see all those interesting things, but is it really going to help us here? “In its arrogance” the Globe is trying to be a kingmaker? You’re right, I’d rather NOT know how politicians are spending government money. If only the rest of the 4th estate would roll over we would never have to keep our politicians accountable. Please, free press, go ahead and quit. Capuano would love that. “The Globe isn’t with him” and neither are most people. Regarding her ‘highly paid state functionaries’, I’m pretty sure it’s not a crime to say nice things about people you like, who have really served this state. You do good things, people talk about your accomplishments. End of story.

  • Brett

    “Capuano is running on his own-the way he likes it.” You said it first. While Coakley has been traveling the state, talking to people she will represent, Capuano has been galavanting around the world on our dime and building his resume so he can tell big stories about all that he's seen–on his own. It must be nice to get too see all those interesting things, but is it really going to help us here? “In its arrogance” the Globe is trying to be a kingmaker? You're right, I'd rather NOT know how politicians are spending government money. If only the rest of the 4th estate would roll over we would never have to keep our politicians accountable. Please, free press, go ahead and quit. Capuano would love that. “The Globe isn't with him” and neither are most people. Regarding her 'highly paid state functionaries', I'm pretty sure it's not a crime to say nice things about people you like, who have really served this state. You do good things, people talk about your accomplishments. End of story.


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