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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Wanted: campaign spokesman

Rep. Michael Rush of West Roxbury must be running a lean and mean campaign for the Senate seat being vacated by Marian Walsh.

Rush has two massive PR problems. One is the rub-off effect of the controversy surrounding Walsh, who briefly took then rejected a $175,000 job in a quasi-public agency that had been vacant for 12 years.

Then there's the bigger problem of a hostile budget amendment moving trial court administration to Charlestown in pique over the treatment of his father. The chief probation officer in West Roxbury District Court.

Not surprisingly, Rush's opponent wants to make it an issue, asking for a "full accounting of his involvement" with the probation department and his political maneuvering. All the makings of a tricky press story that a candidate needs to prepare for with, at the very least, a classic non-response response.

Give Rush at least a few brownie points for eschewing the obvious and offering a direct, if unsatisfying answer:
Rush responded in an e-mail to the Globe, writing, “I have no comment.’’
Word to the wise: spend a few bucks to get a better answer. You're going to need one. And maybe spring for a telephone too.

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Anonymous Adam Gaffin said...

Rush was a teeny bit more loquacious in a statement he sent to Wicked Local West Roxbury: Basically, that he's innocent, but can't comment.

May 29, 2010 9:30 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

So far Mike Rush has the "support" of elected officials (and past elected officials) in Westwood, Dedham and Norwood. What does they say about their continued support of him and why have they not distanced themselves? Ask them, when you see them? Do you condone this type of behavior by our elected officials?

Public pressure (and press) will give us the fresh start we desperately need from our elected officials.

June 08, 2010 4:28 PM  

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