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Submitted by Frank Cummings
In January I was interested in S.2243, the We the People Act, and contacted Senator Dean Tran’s office to encourage him to support, and hopefully co-sponsor, the bill. His receptionist did not have an answer for me so I was transferred to his legislative aide with the promise that he would return my call if he was not available. No call was returned so, after a week, I texted that I was assuming no response meant that he was opposed to overturning Citizens United, and therefore believed corporations were people and that limiting money in campaigns was limiting speech.
This is the response I received: “Mr. Cummings, can you provide proof that you actually contacted the office of Senator Tran and to whom you spoke to? If a legislator does not sign on to a bill, the legislator will never know or see the bill until it comes up for a vote.”
Proof? What a weird response. I’ve never heard of such treatment of a constituent by a politician. I need to prove that I called? Where is the answer to where he stands on Citizens’ United?
Furthermore, everyone should know that the Massachusetts Senate has an excellent website that keeps track of every bill’s status. It’s strange that you and I can check where a bill is in the legislative process, but the senator’s office does not know how.
With this treatment of constituents by Senator Tran, my vote will go to Sue Chalifoux Zephir for senator of Worcester-Middlesex.