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Sears Questions Miceli's Voting Record -- Miceli gets Flunking Grades from 3 Independent Employer Groups

N.F.I.B (referenced by Scott Brown in last night's debate with Prof. Warren) gave Miceli 33% on his votes on economy; A.I.M ranked Miceli 50% -- lowest of all Legislators! Miceli cries "Foul!"

The Lowell SUN reports today that Rep. Miceli does not find the same meaning that his opponent Doug Sears finds in the flunking grades on the economy 3 major employer groups gave him in the past two weeks. 

Sears, in a press release to the SUN, mentioned "scores cards" from three independent employer organizations that rank legislators: National Federation of Independent Businesses (which Senator Scott Brown referenced frequently in last night's debate with Prof. Warren) gave Miceli a 33% on votes aligning with its small-business platform; Citizens for Limited Taxation scored Miceli at 56% on taxation issues; and, Associated Industries of Massachusetts ranked Miceli 50% -- lowest of all 200+ Legislators!


"Tewksbury and Wilmington deserve better," Sears said in his Press Release.

Small businesses are the engine for economic recovery in Massachusetts. Excessive and unnecessary permitting costs hurt business locally, and higher doing business costs have driven manufacturing out of state and overseas.

Miceli defends his votes as in the best interest of "his" constituents.

However, Sears questions whether Miceli's "constituents" are Wilmington and Tewksbury's businesses, employees and customers. Sears says: "You have to have employers before you can have employees and customers." Many store-fronts are shuttered along Rte 38 in both towns.

An answer? Miceli's his 2012 Pre-Primary 2012 Campaign Finance Report lists 12 contributors from 01/01/2012 to 08/18/2012. 7 of 12 contributors are unions. Does this mean he favors union employers at the expense of other of "his constituents?"  Yes. 7/12 is a "majority" in anybody's book!

Recent example: Tewksbury and Wilmington Firefighter unions recently endoresed Miceli. Why? Tewkbury, fire fighters receive 365 day year pay for working 90 to 95 days a year. They want his help to keep it that way. Why? their other days are paid holidays, bonus days, overtime, and time off to work on their second jobs. 

Any "constituent" over 18 would love such a job, especially in this economy. For Miceli, such "economics" provide Tewksbury taxpayers "good value"?

Playing Santa Claus with your money is how he stays in office: he gets firefighter union endorsments and you get the bill! The contribution pays for the silence of Miceli ("the conservative warrior"?) on discussions of cost savings from privating ambulance service or regionalizing fire safety departments.

As a candidate for Representative Sears is interested in debating these employer issues, and others, in Wilmington and Tewksbury. 

Sears says: "Jim Miceli has never met a union he wouldn't take money from."

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_21590053/miceli-defends-voting-record

Follow Katie Lannan at twitter.com/katielannan.

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(p.s. If a reader knows of a union or labor PAC Miceli wouldn't take money from, please put a corrective post below.)

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Bob October 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
LOL, Rick, please not an analyst and I cannot afford it any more either. This town, the town employees, Deval Patrick and President Obama have all made quick work of what little surplus we use to have in our budget. We don't have any more to give and it is time than local, state and federal employees and their bought and paid for puppets in the State House and Congress understand that. I don't know Doug and frankly have never voted for him but I know the Democrats in this state don't have a clue and think the Good Ship Taxpayer will continue to sail. It is sinking!
Wizard Of Oz October 04, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Mr Sears Can you answer some of the questions from the above posts. 1. As a selectman of Tewksbury why is it that Rt 38 in Wilmington has no empty lots or store fronts and Tewksbury has many. This should be a priority to everyone involved to attract both business and residents to move into our town and not our neighboring towns. 2. Since you brought Andover Fire and the forward thinking of the town fathers to solve the staffing issue in their town, why has Tewksbury not done the same. Let me remind you that overtime is not something the employee asks for, but something that is dictated by management both in the public and private sector. Also do they work the same shift as the Tewksbury Fire Dept? and why no bashing of them for it? 3. There is no reason to bring contract negotiations into the discussion since this is an agreement with the town manager/bos and the union. It has nothing to do with a State Rep. election, should be seen as a way to take a cheap shot at an organization that endorsed a candidate, isnt that what America is all about. So I think Doug you should stop throwing blog grenades and provide an answer to the questions that have been asked of you
Douglas W. Sears October 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
1. As a selectman of Tewksbury why is it that Rt 38 in Wilmington has no empty lots or store fronts and Tewksbury has many. This should be a priority to everyone involved to attract both business and residents to move into our town and not our neighboring towns. ---- Under the 22 year leadership of Michael Caira as Town Manager Wilmington grew its industrial base, brought in many national chain stores, and grew $10M in reserves. During this time Tewksbury concentrated on the junction of Rte 38 and Rte 495. Rte 38 in Tewksbury is lined with many food and service businesses which have a more rapid turnover than is good. There are storefronts that could have businesses. The Economic Development Committee has helped bring Ocean State Job Lots and Thermo Fisher to town recently. More can be done and is being done. This development is a high priority of the Tewksbury BOS. ----------------------------------- Since you brought Andover Fire and the forward thinking of the town fathers to solve the staffing issue in their town, why has Tewksbury not done the same. Let me remind you that overtime is not something the employee asks for, but something that is dictated by management both in the public and private sector. _____ I am done talking about the TFD. ____ "There is no reason to bring contract negotiations into the discussion since this is an agreement with the town manager/bos and the union. " ____ Ditto.
Mario Marchese October 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
If and when will there be a debate?
Douglas W. Sears October 16, 2012 at 02:14 AM
October 24 at TMHS auditorium 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Moderator: Tom Zuppa, Lowell Sun; Panelists: Jayne Miller, Town Crier; Matt Schooley, Patch.

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