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Pagliuca doesn't have much of a voting record

Seems Pags was a bit too busy making money with Mitt Romney to bother voting for a decade: Channel 5 posts a copy of his voting record, which shows he voted in exactly one election in the 1990s. Kennedyseat.com says this might be a bit of an issue.

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I am kind of sick of people telling me they would make good Senators when they do not even bother voting for a decade. No excuses, if he can not even show up for easy secret ballot votes how can I trust him to vote when their are tough choices in front of him? Also that means he did not do much to support other Democrats for the past decade, he did not even vote for any of them! Why should we give him the nomination???

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he did not "not vote for a decade". Did you follow the link? He voted in ever election for the last decade. He did however, only vote in 1996 during the 90s. So he missed 98, 94, 92, 90.

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Oh I'm sorry it looks like he took the time out of his day to vote for Bob Dole in 1996, my apologies.

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The bigger issue to me is that whenever he was involved in the political process, Pagliuca was a Republican. Now, he's a Democrat. I'm more concerned which side he's on than how active he's been.

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if you go to the linked pdf, you'll note that he donated money to Bill Clinton before he donated money to any republican.

Mitt Romney was his friend and boss, and Bill Weld was a pretty damn popular governor (71% of the vote in his reelection? yeah, I think a couple democrats might have voted for him). I can't explain away the George W. Bush donation though, other than to point out that its surrounded by lots of donations to the Democratic party.

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Pagliuca not only appears to have been AWOL for various state elections in the 1990s, but he seems to have missed every single municipal election in the past two decades.

Newton holds municipal elections on odd years (like this year), so he seems to have missed all of the municipal elections in Newton in the 1990s. That's one preliminary municipal election and one municipal election every odd year in the 1990s -- i.e., around ten more elections.

Weston holds a Town Meeting election -- for example, this year on May 9, 2009. I'm not sure, but I suspect that these elections should also appear on his voting record -- so Pagliuca may also have missed one Town Meeting election every year during the 2000s, i.e., ten more elections.

So, I think he voted in around 8/20 state elections (primaries + generals) and around 0/20 municipal/town meeting elections, for a grand total of roughly 8/40, or 20%.

That makes Pagliuca's voting record nearly as bad as Dick Cheney's (as a private citizen, not a Congressman).

Cheney only voted in 2 of 16 elections (in Dallas county) -- or 12.5% -- prior to the November 2000 presidential election (at which point he had switched his voter registration to Wyoming to avoid a constitutional issue of having both candidates from the same state). But Cheney (sort-of) won that election, so this could be a good omen for Pagliuca's election chances...

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If you can't bother to vote even once, you have no business in politics. I take the RIGHT to vote very seriously, Men and Women have laid down their lives for this right and it is very sad to see the turn out percentages of today... The RIGHT to vote is the CORNERSTONE of our foundation, and sadly it is eroding... Sorry Mr. Pagliuca you won't get my vote, and I will remind everyone I meet during this special election of your voting record.

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