Benson, Hayes have at it - Sentinel & Enterprise

The two candidates for the 37th Middlesex District seat promised to be aggressive in advocating for their constituents during a feisty debate Monday night sponsored by the Lunenburg Civic Forum. Full Story
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Lunenburg

Hudson, MA

#1 Sep 28, 2010
Perhaps Benson needs to check her facts.... She has voted for every give away program, tax increase, screwyouless package that has come up. Remember her campaigning against eliminated the State income tax?? Remember her support for the 10 cent per plastic bag debacle? Shall I go on?? Why is it Ms. Benson that Lunenburg schools are falling apart yet Newtown builds a 200 million dollar palace?
The Straight Story

Fairview, NJ

#2 Sep 28, 2010
Lunenburg wrote:
Perhaps Benson needs to check her facts.... She has voted for every give away program, tax increase, screwyouless package that has come up. Remember her campaigning against eliminated the State income tax?? Remember her support for the 10 cent per plastic bag debacle? Shall I go on?? Why is it Ms. Benson that Lunenburg schools are falling apart yet Newtown builds a 200 million dollar palace?
As usual, "Lunenburg", you are either incorrect and/or intentionally misleading. She only voted for the sales tax increase IF AND ONLY IF local aid would be kept level. When the final budget had diverted the money away from local aid, she voted against it (as she should have). Otherwise, she has not voted for ANY other tax increase. As for campaigning against the elimination of the State Income Tax, yes, Rep. Benson did so.... as did Mr. Hayes in 2008 because even someone as inexperienced as he knew how devastating that would be to the state and all 351 municipalities budgets.(By the same token, both are also against the reduction of the sales tax to 3% on the ballot this Nov. 2).

As for the Newton High School/Lunenburg schools accusation, how is the State Rep. to blame for that? First, that project was started well before she was even voted in. Second, Lunenburg itself has not even decided and/or voted on what they want to have happen. Last, and most important, at every turn Rep. Benson has worked with the Lunenburg School Department and School Committee in helping spotlight the critical nature of the school buildings to the MSBA. She has arranged several meetings of high level MSBA representatives, including on-site visits.

And she has been doing this as both an elected School Committee member and then our elected State Representative. 7+ years of active public service, addressing difficult town and state problems while her opponent has done none.
Resident of Lunenburg

Woburn, MA

#3 Sep 28, 2010
It was clear to me after watching the debate that Kurt Hayes is the person for the job. We need more folks like Kurt to bring their private sector (real world experince)to Beacon Hill.

Jen's argument that last night that her understanding of municipal goverment and her experience working in local governemnt is so important. For one, the understanding of municipal government is not that complicated. A one day crash course will get intelligent people up to speed. I learned about all it the first week out of college 19 years ago on my first municipal financial audit.

It was obvious where Jen stands last night pandering to those voters who are dependent on the government. The problem I have with Jen during her 2 years on the job is that she does not have a grasp of finance, the economy and how to create jobs. I was evident last night where she could not articulate this very well when discussing these topics.

Lastly, you gotta love hypocrisy of the Democrats when it comes to casinos. The Democrats will pass legislation to tell you how to live your lives, such as no smoking or trans fats in restaruants. Many would agree that gambling casinos are bad for society. However, the Dems can easily turn there heads on the gambling issue when they can generate revenue from the casino to expend their social programs.

Go Kurt!

Since: Apr 09

Leominster, MA

#4 Sep 28, 2010
Time for a change in MA politics.
dont kid yorself

United States

#5 Sep 28, 2010
Yesterday, Kurt Hayes could only complain and never talk about real solution. Let get one thing clear: goverment is not a business; it should not be run as such. The job of a goverment is to serve and protect its citzens. The job of a business is to turn up a profit.

As for republicans: we had eight years of republican govervement, and will take us twenty to go back where we were before the republican era. They got us into two wars, from budget surpluses to defit, and they increased the govervement size (look up thr growth of # of federal employees under Bush). Now, they seat on the side lines complaining. Give me a break.

As for Mr. Brown: look up how often he voted with democrats. Why did he voted with them: bc he knows he won't get relect here if he doesn't. Talk about hypocrisy.
Impressed

Clinton, MA

#6 Sep 28, 2010
I have to say I thought it was a great debate; there are clear and distinct differences between the candidates. I agree with the previous comments that honestly it doesn't take a genius to understand municipal government. Two years ago I voted for Ms.Benson, what a mistake. It was clear from day 1 that she was more interested in showing her big political smile than addressing issues. Listening to her last night that was even more clear. I once contacted her about some important issues and never heard a thing. I got an automatic cold email response. It is clear, her title has gone to her head. Real solutions are needed at a very serious time in this economy, Mr. Hayes presents himself as a professional with experience in jobs and the business world which is what we need. Seems like common sense that he deserves our vote.
Disappointed in Lunenburg

AOL

#7 Sep 28, 2010
MS. Benson has had her chance and failed. Time for a change. Mr. Hayes has my vote.
Jim

Boston, MA

#8 Sep 28, 2010
Has Benson ever had a REAL JOB, other than pushing the Democratic, liberal agenda?
Everything Free In Ma

Chelmsford, MA

#9 Sep 28, 2010
don't forget Benson voted for illegal aliens to recieve in state tuition rates at state colleges. Opps sorry she voted to "study" the issue further...make a decesion thats what your there for, and further more WTF is there to study they are illegal!
Poppycock

Worcester, MA

#10 Sep 28, 2010
dont kid yorself wrote:
As for republicans: we had eight years of republican govervement, and will take us twenty to go back where we were before the republican era. They got us into two wars, from budget surpluses to defit, and they increased the govervement size (look up thr growth of # of federal employees under Bush). Now, they seat on the side lines complaining. Give me a break.
The Republicans are just as corrupt as the Democrats, but what I love about the ideologues, such as yourself, is that they IGNORE the fact that the Democrats have controlled both houses of Congress since 2006. The last 2 years of President Bush's term. Spending still increased, deficits grew, and nothing changed. Then, the Messiah, our current President comes into office and still nothing has changed.

This is why people are upset. The Democrats have rammed through spending at just as fast a rate as the Republicans did in the past 4 years. The "stimulus" package simply added $800 billion to our deficit without really doing a dam thing for the nation. Cars for Clunkers cost more than it was worth. Health Care "Reform" will change NOTHING - as it really has not done much to SAVE money here in Massachusetts.

Like I said, the Republicans are just as useless, but you ought to check your facts a bite more. The Republicans deserved to lose in 2006 because they got stupid. The Democrats have done nothing different......AND THAT IS WHAT THEY WERE GIVEN CONTROL OF CONGRESS TO DO. They deserve to lose too, but I can't really say that the Republicans really deserve to have power back. However, 1 political party should not control both the Congress and the White House. We have seen how badly that works out. Both here in Massachusetts and in D.C. You know, the whole checks and balances thing.
Lunenburg too

Watertown, MA

#11 Sep 28, 2010
I'm sticking with Benson. Prior to being in office, she did more for us in the ice storm than any other official. I'm not a regular democratic voter. I supported Brown in the election and wish I could take that vote back. He has not delivered.
Try again

Westford, MA

#12 Sep 28, 2010
She did CRAP for us in the ICE STORM

QUOTE who="Lunenburg too"]I'm sticking with Benson. Prior to being in office, she did more for us in the ice storm than any other official. I'm not a regular democratic voter. I supported Brown in the election and wish I could take that vote back. He has not delivered.
ExFincomm

Littleton, MA

#13 Sep 28, 2010
Jen blasts Hayes for only being 'part-time'. I think a big part of the problem is the pols in Boston are full-time, too much time to think of laws to further the big-govt agenda. State legs should be part-time jobs filled by citizen-politicians, not professional politicians. They obviously have an important job, but too much time and money is spent working the system with special interests.
English Teacher

Southborough, MA

#14 Sep 28, 2010
dont kid yorself wrote:
Yesterday, Kurt Hayes could only complain and never talk about real solution. Let get one thing clear: goverment is not a business; it should not be run as such. The job of a goverment is to serve and protect its citzens. The job of a business is to turn up a profit.
As for republicans: we had eight years of republican govervement, and will take us twenty to go back where we were before the republican era. They got us into two wars, from budget surpluses to defit, and they increased the govervement size (look up thr growth of # of federal employees under Bush). Now, they seat on the side lines complaining. Give me a break.
As for Mr. Brown: look up how often he voted with democrats. Why did he voted with them: bc he knows he won't get relect here if he doesn't. Talk about hypocrisy.
Go get an education before you post your dribble...you write like a complete moron.
Lunenburg

Hudson, MA

#15 Sep 28, 2010
Try again wrote:
She did **** for us in the ICE STORM
QUOTE who="Lunenburg too"]I'm sticking with Benson. Prior to being in office, she did more for us in the ice storm than any other official. I'm not a regular democratic voter. I supported Brown in the election and wish I could take that vote back. He has not delivered.
I have to agree. I worked the shelter as did my Wife and we NEVER saw her there until Deval was about to land and look at all the poor White folks. That was around day 10....
Jen is out for one thing...to make her political time into a hack life time career.
American Voter

Acton, MA

#16 Sep 28, 2010
Jen Benson needs to step aside and allow a person to REALLY represent these districts, NOT a person like Jen Benson who has demonstrated that she just does as she is told by her bosses in the State House, voting as she is TOLD to do, allowing BUSINESS AS USUAL to prevail. Beacon Hill desperately needs intelligent business minded, not someone who needs something to do, perhaps Jen Needs a job, some REAL work experience, not a political vocation!
Mike fom Leominster

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Sep 28, 2010
American Voter wrote:
Jen Benson needs to step aside and allow a person to REALLY represent these districts, NOT a person like Jen Benson who has demonstrated that she just does as she is told by her bosses in the State House, voting as she is TOLD to do,
Do you mind when Scott Brown, a majority of the time, votes the way his party tells him to?
fail yourself

AOL

#18 Sep 28, 2010
English Teacher wrote:
<quoted text>
Go get an education before you post your dribble...you write like a complete ****.
Drivel
Not dribble
unless you are playing basketball or drooling...
English Teacher my eye
Time for Change

Clinton, MA

#19 Sep 28, 2010
"Benson questioned Hayes on what she said was his lack of involvement in local politics, which she said prepared her for a job on Beacon Hill."
Of course Jens local experience of touting the states liberal party line politics helped her at the state level. Too bad it did not help any of her constituents at the local level. What significant contributions can she be credited with at the local level.
No longer a parent

Lowell, MA

#20 Sep 28, 2010
Rep Benson voted away our privileges to be responsibe parents.

On Sept 3rd,(155) Harvard/Lancaster/Lunenburg families who feel they were screwed by 2251 (anti-ATV bill) will unite with votes to send Kurt Hayes to Beacon Hill.

Tonight, we have gained 4 more families who share similiar convictions.

Parents are the best role models. We don't need environmental agendas policing the activities of our children playing in their own backyards.

It's more than being pro ATV's ... or not

Massachusetts has become a nanny state. With all due respect to Rep Benson, her vote helped paved the way.

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