Massachusetts U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has entered the 14th district fray, issuing a statement defending Linda Greenstein against attacks by the outside organization Common Sense America.
“The smear and fear tactics of this Republican front group are no match for a public servant who stands on principle and voters who reject the backroom deals and underground attacks that seek to distort and divide at all costs,” said Kerry. “These right-wing front groups are becoming more and more brazen in their efforts to infiltrate elections on any level, but Americans are increasingly tired of Republican fat cats who think their big money can steal elections.”
Kerry also complimented the Clean Elections Program, which was co-authored by 14th district Republican State Senate candidate Bill Baroni.
“I applaud Linda for standing up to this group and fighting for the preservation of the Clean Elections Program which is clearly a bold step in protecting the integrity of elections,” said Kerry.
Kerry was famously attacked by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in the 2004 presidential election, a group that was set up specifically to contradict Kerry’s record of military service in Vietnam. Since Common Sense America and its parent organization, the National Organization for Marriage, appeared in the 14th district, Democrats have frequently compared it to the 2004 attacks on Kerry. Greenstein continued that theme today.
“We will not stand for another Swift Boat-style like the one that distorted the record of John Kerry,” said Greenstein.
Common Sense America Chairman Brian Brown could not be reached for comment.