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U.S. Rep Trahan: Massachusetts voters helped reject “extremism”

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By Matt Murphy
MASSterList/State House News Service

NOV. 14, 2022…..Even before Georgia voters decide a runoff election for U.S. Senate, Democrats ensured that they would retain control of that chamber in the new Congress after the Nevada Senate contest was called over the weekend for Catherine Cortez Masto.

Now the focus shifts to the House, where Democrats have a possible, albeit narrow, path to keeping control. But even if Republicans do seize power in the House, the majority will be small and the election a huge disappointment for the GOP, whose leaders were preparing to surf into power on swell of momentum and popular appeal.

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, the Third District Congresswoman from Westford, ran and won one of the few contested federal races in Massachusetts this cycle. She views the strong performance by Democrats this cycle as a repudiation of “extremism” in the Republican party.

“First and foremost, this notion of extremism. It was on the ballot. It was on the ballot here in Massachusetts and in many races across the country, and it was defeated. I think people want adults in the room talking earnestly and thoughtfully about the real issues affecting them,” Trahan told WBZ and MASSterList columnist Jon Keller on his Sunday morning show.

Trahan was reelected to a third term over Republican Dean Tran, a former state senator, by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent. Despite saying he was focused on the future and the economy, Tran in the closing weeks of the race refused to say President Joe Biden fairly won the 2020 election.

Asked by Keller how she would work with a growing number of election deniers in Washington, Trahan said she would “go on the hunt for Republicans I can work with.” She mentioned in the past being able to put aside differences with some Republican election-deniers to co-sponsor legislation related to mental health and substance use.

Trahan said it’s an “impossible percentage” for her to estimate how many Republicans actually believe the 2020 election was stolen and how many just say it to appease their far-right base and win reelection.

“But in some cases it almost doesn’t matter. When people elect someone to go represent them they want you to do it with courage and honesty and integrity,” Trahan said.

On the economy, Trahan said the cost of living in Massachusetts is hurting many families, but she believes Congress has set the stage for manufacturing, semiconductor chip design, and transportation infrastructure to come back to the United States over the next two to five years, creating good paying jobs.

She also said the quality of life in Massachusetts and the rich talent pool coming out of schools like UMass Lowell will continue to attract companies to the state. She’s said she’s not worried about the “tax-a-chusetts” label coming back, not even after passage of the “millionaire’s tax.”

“No, I think we need a steady stream of revenue so that we’re constantly making investments in our education, in our young people, and also our transportation so that we can continue to be competitive and lead the country,” Trahan said.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. MortisMaximus

    November 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Shut up dummy.

    • Antifa

      November 15, 2022 at 7:52 am

      She’s a US congressperson and you’re what? Most likely a high school dropout that’s too stupid to understand that you’re stupid. It’s called Dunning-Kruger. You believe your knowledge is bigger than what it really is and it’s probably held you back and then you blame the government. Trump the biggest loser loves low IQ people like you!

      Probably best you don’t post under your real name because it could be embarrassing!

      • MortisMaximus

        November 15, 2022 at 12:58 pm

        Shut up bigger dummy!

  2. Twitwanger

    November 15, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Look at the leader of the Demonrat party. A pineapple could do a better job. Doesn’t say much for you Kenny boy.

  3. Antifa

    November 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    And we’re going to listen to a fascist MAGAt? Not! So what did Trump get done except embolden white supremacist, Christian fascist and anti-semites to come out of hiding and pass tax cuts for the super rich and corporations? You do know our tax cuts expires next year right? And the sad part those tax cuts did not stimulate the economy that Trump inherited from Obama. They just massively increased our deficit. Yep he took a strong economy and crashed it just like Republicans always do! But unfortunately we have too many suckers like you to help keep this country screwed up!

    Oh by the way, Trump is the biggest loser! Only one MAGAt elected in Ohio.

    So why do Republicans select celebrity idiots that know nothing about politics and then we have to elect Democrats to clean up the mess???

    • MortisMaximus

      November 15, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      More Russian Collusion hey Ken. Tax collections are at record highs nationally and locally. No one is buying your bullshit. If you’re as smart as you keep telling me then why are you a poor Democrat? Democrats can only win by cheating because policy wise democrats are a failure. We have record crime, massive inflation, the world is laughing at Joe Biden yet you paint a picture of absolute success. Do you work for CNN,FOX or MSDNC? Just shut up dummy!

      • Antifa

        November 16, 2022 at 7:23 am

        Only your uneducated opinion. Yes the country is booming with Democrats but you’re too petty to admit that. When economy is booming inflation happens especially when oil companies are making record profits but hey what do we do about capitalist control them?

        Again like the article says we reject extremist fascist in Massachusetts like you. If you hate Democrats so much how come you don’t move to Mississippi or Kentucky? Maybe because you love one of the best states in the Union!

        • MortisMaximus

          November 16, 2022 at 8:37 am

          Ok you big dummy! You win…

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