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Lovely Endorsed By State Women's PAC in Senate Race

State Senate candidate Joan Lovely has been endorsed by a statewide political action committee seeking to get more women involved in politics and influence public policy.

It may sound at first like an about-face on her pledge more than two months ago, but state Senate candidate Joan Lovely says her endorsement Monday by the Mass. Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is not financial in nature.

“We are very proud to endorse Joan Lovely for Massachusetts Senate,” said MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao in a press statement.

“Joan has been an outstanding public servant with her 15 years on the Salem City Council. She understands the needs and issues most pertinent to the 2nd Essex community. Working on the local level, she has seen the effects of budget cuts on local citizens and she will be a tremendous advocate for bringing resources back to this district,” said Rao.

The PAC calls itself "a multi-partisan organization" working to get more women into public office and public policy positions. and generally increase women's involvement in the political process.

“I am truly honored to receive the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus,” said Lovely in the same statement, noting she is the only woman currently serving on the Salem council.

Lovely went on to re-state her pledge to not accept financial contributions from PACs or special interest groups with an interest in the Senate race. She had also i to adopt the same policy, but neither Mary-Ellen Manning nor John Slattery accepted the challenge.

Manning, in fact, raised the issue again last week, with two recent campaign fundraisers with local real estate agents and attorneys.

, calling the criticism a "debate day stunt," "unfounded brick throwing" and a long overdue response to her April 2 letter. All three front-runners in the race were set to debate that night at the Moose Hall in Salem.

Lovely said last week she was grateful to receive contributions from individuals across a wide range of professions, including even attorneys and real estate agents -- friends, family and people she's worked with over the years.

"I have kept the pledge I made and ask my opponents to do so, as well,” she said, adding that she similarly pledges to represent the district without favoritism.

“As the only woman currently serving on the Salem City Council, I am keenly aware of the issues affecting women and their families,” Lovely said in Monday's statement. “I will work to create jobs and economic opportunities for my constituents, will work to contain the costs of healthcare coverage, and to improve the public education system.”

To date, Lovely has not announced any further endorsements, while Slattery has picked up support from most of the police and fire unions within the district (also at the state level) and Manning has not announced any endorsements. 

The 2nd Essex District seat in the Senate includes Peabody, Salem, Beverly, Danvers and Topsfield. Longtime Peabody Sen. Fred Berry is retiring this year.

The primary election for the Senate race, which pits Manning, Lovely and Slattery against Edward Carroll for the Democratic nomination, will be held Sept. 6.

Chris Chatzi June 20, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Are you kidding me??? MWPC PAC uses its money to fund EVERY candidate that it endorses, period. The PURPOSE of a PAC is to contribute to politicians and influence legislation. At this point, call it quits on your phony baloney pledge Joannie. Your Slick Willy manipulation of your own words oozes of the “growing public cynicism” that you condemn. I look forward to seeing your reports where you take PAC money to pay your parking fines. YOU ARE PHONY BALONEY, JOANNIE!!!
Emily Wyshak June 21, 2012 at 08:45 PM
So what does this PAC do with the donations it solicits? Of course it gives the money to the candidates it supports. What else? So Joan IS taking PAC money. Besides taking money from Realtor and Lawyer groups, and who knows who else. Hey...YOU brought it up Joan!! No one else started this. And you won't play by your own rules. No wonder people get cynical. "I will make the rules and the rules should apply to others but not me......." Do we really want her voting on pension reform? Patronage reform? I don't think so. I posted this earlier on the Salem Patch...then realized that it doesn't post here too. This does bother me that people fall for this stuff and we get stuck with self serving politicians with sleazy ethical standards. I actually thought Lovely was a viable candidate for a while. Not now.
Lou Conte June 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Emily, it seems to me that you must be young if you expect ethical standards from Mass politicians. The rest of us are used to the "sleazy" stuff. If you don't like lovely, (and I don't blame you), you won't like Slattery either. He still thinks that its a good thing to be in the pocket of the municipal unions that are bankrupting our cities with benefits that are unheard of in the private sector. The answer for those of us who are independent and a bit jaded with the status quo is Manning. She has a history of doing what's right even when it means going against her own party's governor. I know, I'm campaigning. Check her out...there is still some hope.
Erwilson June 22, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Why did my comment get taken down?? This is so silly, Joan made a clear violation of her own pledge which she also requested of the other candidates. Pretty simple. Shame on you.
John Castelluccio (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Erwilson, To the best of my knowledge, no one at Patch removed your comment nor do I see any comments that were flagged by users, so I'm not sure why it's no longer there. The only comments on this story I've seen since publishing it are the ones from Chris Chatzi, Emily Wyshak and Lou Conte above. Since I don't know what you originally posted, you're welcome to comment again on the story.
claire richards June 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM
So much for the pledge she came up with. So far Lovely and Slattery have accepted special interest support. Only Manning, (who dismissed the pledge as a gimmick), has not and has relied on individual citizens and taxpayers for support. And I'd bet she is doing fine.
TJ June 26, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Chris-You are right on the money here! Everybody repeat after me "PHONEY BALONEY JOANNIE--PHONEY BALONEY JOANNIE"--VERY CATCHY! Again, I ask, will someone in the media( it wont be that Democrat mouthpiece the salem news) have the courage to ask Lovely and Slattery on the record--why they REFUSE TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN BILLS TO UNION PRINTERS! I do think Manning is the one to beat, but I am very scarred of one thing. Manning, Lovely and Slattery have one thing in common--they are all lawyers!!!! Lawyers have RUINED THIS STATE-WE HAVE TOO MANY LAWYERS AS ELECTED OFFICIALS. THEY USE THEIR OFFICE TO MANIPULATE THINGS FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH AGENDA-LETTING CRIMINALS WALK FREE AND LINING THEIR POCKETS WITH CASH LIKE LOVELY AND HER WITCH LOVING HUSBAND DO ALL DAY LONG! I say vote for ED CARROLL for state senate--the ONLY NON-LAWYER IN THE RACE!

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