March 9, 2010 |
He who would take Scott Brown’s MA Senate seat is a very different politician and person. Dr. Peter Smulowitz wants to bring his insights as an emergency-r00m doctor and his progressive goals to the General Court.
Among the local and national hoo-ha about Brown winning U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy’s spot, the focus now shifts back to the state senate seat he left. The Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex district is not solidly Republican and is a microcosm of many Massachusetts areas filled with unenrolled voters and a chance for the most expressive and convincing candidates.
The choices here are sharp. Smulowitz is unquestionably the progressive. Lida Harkins is a state rep in her 22nd year, a Dem linked for better for worse with the past two Speakers of the House. The Republican is Richard Ross, in his sixth term in the MA House. While the latter is a marriage-equality supporter, he is otherwise socially conservative.
Our guest today alone had filed for Brown’s seat before the special election. Now he’ll have to beat Harkins in the April 13th primary to head into the May 11th special election against Ross.
Listen in as he explains he personal, professional and political insights. His views are informed not only by his day job, but the his parents’ and wife’s teaching experiences. He is a strong champion of the middle class and sees two keys to our economic future here — controlling health-care costs and creating jobs.
(As a bonus, we had a caller who does not want a progressive income tax and does want to protect the wealthiest.)