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I get so tired of turning on the news and hearing about all the shenanigans going on lately...useless trips to Asia, the impending doom that is the health "care" bill, Massachusetts sales tax increasing,  our legislature adjouring for the rest of the year even though we have a $125 million deficit... (come on people, seriously?)


When I moved to Boston I decided the quickest way to meet people would be to get involved in some type of political group. Once I started listening to the news I knew I absolutely had to. My friends back home told me I was crazy to move to such a liberal state with my very conservative views... (after seeing the taxes taken out of my paycheck they might not be far off). I decided to help out with the July 4th Tea Party and met Brad Marston, the organizer of the event. It was refreshing to meet another common sense conservative up here!


I'm so glad we have people like Brad who will step up to the plate and tackle the mess that is Beacon Hill. Brad is running for State Representative in the Suffolk Eighth District, against incumbent Marty Walz. His campaign is based on common ground and common sense: fixing our "spending crisis" instead of continuing to raise taxes, changing the "behind closed door" culture Beacon Hill is so fond of, and helping to get the 20,000 at-risk youth into good school are just a few of the issues he's focused on. With over 25 years of experience in both finance and business management, Brad has the know-how to get the job done.


If you're in the Boston area, stop by Cafeteria (Newbury St) on December 9th from 6pm-8pm for a meet and greet with Brad!


Check out Brad Marston's site, his Facebook page: Brad Marston for State, or his YouTube page!



Comments (19)

Ross Westerman
Kingwood, TX

Hello Kat,

I am in Texas and I do agree with your assesment of elected officials.  You are not alone in how you feel.  Hope you get a good turnout on Dec. 9th.  Meeting face to face and discussing what is happening today is most effective.

Nov 23, 2009 08:50 AM
Jay-Paul Lowry
Riverside, CA

I feel you for you. A conservative in Boston, geez! Rough crowd. Thanks for the info on Marston, i dont live in MA but it will check it out any way.



Nov 23, 2009 09:58 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Kat: Marty is a great representaive for her district. She stands for everything that most of her district believes in. Your candidate doesn't stand a chance, but I wish him luck. We certainly need strong challengers to keep the incumbents honest.

As I am sure you have found, Republicans in Massachusetts are a whole lot different from Republicans in just about every other state. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. At this point, I plan on supporting Charlie Baker for Governor.

Nov 23, 2009 01:13 PM
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

Welcome back Kat. It's good to see you again and to read your thoughts. It's a tough place to be a Conservative, that's for sure. But it is also the tate that elected Mitt Romney to Governor. There's always hope.

Nov 23, 2009 11:47 PM
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

Kat- I love your post. Keep working for your candidate. As conservatives that is waht we all must do. Stand and fight. Thanks for posting in Tea Party.

Nov 24, 2009 12:32 AM
Kat Malone
Charlestown, MA

Thanks Ross, so do I!


JP, we're pretty rare up here, but we do exist! :)


Scott, huge difference and I'm definitely used to the "southern" Republican. It'll be a tough race for sure, but we're in it to win and I know Brad will run a strong campaign.


Thanks Simon! Missed being away from here, but I think my school-to-work adjustment is over so more time for blogging :) The way I see it, so long as there are people out there willing put themselves out there and change what they don't like, there's always hope.


So true, Kevin, thanks!

Nov 24, 2009 01:11 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

Simon: Mittens was elected because he ran as a moderate/liberal Republican. It was only when he decided to run for president that he did a sharp right turn. By then, he was a joke in the state.


Nov 24, 2009 01:20 AM
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

Scott - you mean like Obama running as the candidate of the Middle Class and a centrist and since election trying to drag the country kicking and screaming towards full blown socialism?

Nov 24, 2009 01:57 AM
John Hersey
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - York, PA
e-PRO Realtor

Kat,  keep up the hard work!!


Scott,  Do me a favor and post a blog with all the names you have for everyone.  Must make you feel great to call names all the time.  Maybe people would take you more serious, but who knows!

Nov 24, 2009 02:35 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Kat,  I'll be an echo.  Promote your candidate because you believe in them, not the party they represent.

Nov 24, 2009 03:30 AM
Jay-Paul Lowry
Riverside, CA

Scott - You can keep your moderate/liberal republicans...no room for them at my table. sorry i dont water down my beliefs to make them easier for you and others to like.



Nov 24, 2009 05:25 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, Kat!  It's an uphill battle, but as Churchill said, never give up.  : )

Nov 24, 2009 06:01 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

JP: Glad your table is on the other side of the country. Massachusetts has had an incredibly long history of supporting the Republican Party. That is, until the Republican Party left them.

What is your version of what makes a Republican?

John: Mittens was a very common nickname for Willard Romney, aka Mitt. He was better know as Flip Flop Mitt up here.

Nov 24, 2009 09:22 AM
John Hersey
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - York, PA
e-PRO Realtor

Scott, Spare me, really.  You have a name for EVERYONE.  It just gets a little old, that's all.  Especially after you complain about the right and so on and so on and what they do on these comments, etc...  You calling others names never seems to help things and that is why you do it.  To see what kind of reaction you can get.  So, keep up the good work, I guess??

Nov 24, 2009 09:46 AM
Scott Smith
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Gloucester, MA
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts

John: Just what names would those be? One only has to peruse the many right leaning threads to see what "names" are being tossed about (this thread included). Have I called you a name? Don't believe so. 

Kat: Sorry your thread is being hijacked. Thought the discussion was about Republicans and Boston. Your candidate is up and running and. as I said before, I wish him luck.

Nov 24, 2009 10:18 AM
Patrick Scott
OConnor Title Guaranty, Inc. - Chicago, IL

Kat - Good luck and much success in getting Brad Marston elected.  It is indeed a tough state for Republicans.  But with the federal government swinging so far to the left, he just might have a chance.

My wife's family is from Mass.  Most of them are still there.  While they are all Democrats, they are not all that liberal.  Case in point, I am one of two sons in law.  I am a conservative Republican, the other, my brother in law, is a liberal Democrat.  I am treated much better in the family than he is. Not gloating, just a fact.

Scott - I have your answer as to what makes a Republican.  I think the perfect Republican is George Will.  That's all you need to know.  Read his stuff for a year, and you will be a Republican too.  He uses big words, but don't be afraid.  He makes a lot of sense if you look up the words.

Nov 24, 2009 02:07 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Kat * Ignore the Libs here and GOOD FOR YOU....I too came early to the Repub party and conservatism and except for a brief detour for  * Carter/Mondull * I have never looked back....Fight the good fight and TAKE IT TO THEM!!  If they can elect Romney * they can see the light!!!

Nov 24, 2009 09:58 PM
Mark Lebkuchner / Home Loan Specialist
Warwick, RI

I have a hard time voting (R)

Nov 27, 2009 10:49 AM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Welcome to taxachusetts.  I still do not know how Obama's aunt got elderly public housing in South Boston since she is neither elderly or legally in the country...never paid a dime in taxes either.  Walk by the Pine Street Inn and see homeless veterans...something is not right.

Feb 15, 2012 03:53 AM