October 26, 2018
Why Oppose Senator Patrick O'Connor?
State Senator Patrick O’Connor, a Republican from Weymouth, is the powerful Minority Whip in the Massachusetts Senate. He also serves as the poster boy for the most regressive special interest forces in our state.
Working with conservative forces from around the state, he opposes the changes we need - from siding with special interests opposed to progress in education and transportation to walking in lock step with the local NRA affiliate.
Here are 5 things you need to know about Patrick O’Connor:
1. TRIES TO WEAKEN OUR GUN LAWS
An opponent, of common sense gun reform, O’Connor co-sponsored a bill that would weaken the Attorney General’s ability to regulate firearms across the Commonwealth. This won him an “A” rating from the Gun Owners’ Action League, the NRA’s Massachusetts affiliate.
2. TRANSPHOBIC FEARMONGERING
Senator O’Connor has made transphobic comments in regards to the antidiscrimination ballot initiative facing MA voters this year. He said the law protecting transgender individuals would allow for the “opportunity to do deviant things”. O’Connor is outside the norm even in his own party - Governor Baker has even donated to the campaign supporting the law.
3. SHAMING RECIPIENTS OF GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
O’Connor has focused his time and effort in the Senate writing legislation that would restrict access to certain foods for SNAP recipients. Instead of working to make the system more efficient for customers and businesses, O’Connor has attempted to simply create more bureaucracy by restricting choices. Extensive research from the Brookings Institution shows that “banning certain foods will raise the administrative burdens and cost of the program”.
4. PAY TO PLAY $$$ EVEN IN SCANDALOUS REAL ESTATE DEALS
O’Connor has accepted over $20,000 worth of donations from executives of LStar Ventures, a corrupt real estate development firm that has bungled the expansion of Union Point, one of the biggest redevelopment efforts in Eastern Massachusetts. Infighting between the developer’s two main partners (one gave to O'Connor as recently as July 24th of this year) have put a hold on the development and opened themselves up to criminal liabilities for "misappropriating several million dollars” and “mismanagement and wrongful acts". Lawsuits have been filed in the Suffolk and Norfolk Superior Court as well as in the North Carolina Superior Court.
5. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING
Donate to Priorities for Progress in our campaign against O'Connor and for the changes we need.