LAWRENCE, Mass. – Driving around the snowy-to-slushy streets of this Massachusetts mill town on the Merrimack River, it’s clear that this community, nicknamed “Immigrant City,” has seen better days.
Boarded-up buildings are visible around town. The large mills appear empty. Gang graffiti stains fences and abandoned houses. And with it’s sizable Hispanic population, largely Puerto Rican, there is also a fairly solid
Democrat base here in Essex County.
While there are a smattering of Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate signs around town, according to locals who follow politics, it’s not as many as one would normally expect in a major election. Few if any Scott Brown signs were seen.
It is a federal holiday, celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. A call to the Merrimack Valley NAACP to get information on celebratory activities was not returned.
And with the heavy snowfall, more people were shoveling their sidewalks and driveways than putting out political signs. As New Hampshire Watchdog Grant Bosse reported earlier today, no one had shown up at a phone bank in Boston to make calls for Coakley.
The local (North Andover, Mass.) Eagle-Tribune reported today that despite the polls being open in many Massachusetts schools, including a number in the Lawrence area, school will still be in session. They report that as a result of voting it “may cause some traffic tie-ups as buses arrive at the same time voters do to cast their ballots in the U.S. Senate race.”
Talking to a man who was standing outside a Lawrence public school that would be used as a polling place Tuesday, he said that if Republican candidate Scott Brown beat Coakley, “It won’t break my heart none too much.”
The man, who did not give his name, added that it was “pathetic” that President Obama made a quick visit to Massachusetts to support Attorney General Coakley, who, according to poltical analysts, “needs all the help she can get.”
Others who spoke to Oklahoma Watchdog said the weather will probably play a role in whether or not there is a big turnout Tuesday. Calls to the Catholic Democrats and Massachusetts Democratic Party were not returned late Monday.
Helen Vaughan, a resident of neighboring Methuen, Mass., she told Oklahoma Watchdog that while she votes for the person, not the party, she would be voting for Scott Brown.
“I like him. I don’t like her,” Vaughan said. “Plus, I think he is a very good-looking man.”
By Andrew W. Griffin
Oklahoma Watchdog, editor
Posted: January 18, 2010
Copyright 2010 Oklahoma Watchdog