Sholley Challenges Jacques For Senate
In stark contrast to Sholley,
the incumbent Jacques is a extreme liberal Democrat.
The openly lesbian legislator is noted for her promotion
of the gay agenda in the public schools, as well as
her hostility to gun rights and pro-family initiatives
such as the Protection of Marriage Amendment.
Sholley, 54, ran unsuccessfully
against Jacques in 2000, garnering 30.1 percent of
the vote. He said he had only lived in the District
for a year at that point and the biggest town in the
District is Needham, where the incumbent lives, making
the job tougher.
"I think this time we'll do a lot better," said Sholley. "Her negatives were quite high the last time, and I think they've since gone up more. So I think we have a very good chance.
"Everything she does is just
so foul. She just constantly ignores our constitutional
rights. She has alienated the Boy Scouts. She has
refused to attend any Courts of Honor for Eagle Scouts.
She opposed additional funding of veteran homes. She
voted against the flag burning amendment during her
first term. There are a lot of veterans who are going
to be deserting her.
"Her anti-terrorism bill
that they are going to be using up there on Beacon
Hill will be used to harm more innocent people. They
are going to be arresting protestors - fathers who
are protesting the gender justice being dispensed
by the family court - whatever it can be. Now they
have more excuses to arrest people and deprive them
of their First Amendment rights."
During a discussion of this year's
constitutional conventions (where Senate President
Tom Birmingham and Senator Jacques applauded the tactics
used to avoid a vote on several constitutional issues)
Sholley believes they violated the constitution. "They
broke the law and that makes the Senate President
a tyrant. He violated his oath of office."
Why Vote for Sholley?
"I will work to cut out waste,
eliminate unnecessary programs, downsize government,
and work for a part-time legislature thereby reducing
the tax burden on families."
"We need to restore integrity,
First of all, the fraud that has been perpetuated
on this state as far as the so called fiscal crisis
is concerned has to be addressed. There should be
a tax revolt. Taxes are a big issue. It's not a revenue
problem it's a spending problem. Those people are
spending money like drunken sailors."
Sholley believes that some measure
of common sense and decency needs to be restored to
state government. "The Massachusetts Legislature
is really more influenced by emotion and hysteria
than facts and clear evidence. It's a politically
correct body. Cheryl Jacques is pushing a left wing
agenda, a social elitist agenda, a feminist agenda.
She stands against everything that is traditional.
These people will not be satisfied until they have
destroyed everything traditional in this country.
"I work for a living, I am
not a politician. I know how difficult it is to raise
a family and put bread on the table. I will represent
all the people. We do not have special group rights
in America. Our country is based on individual rights.
"Many people don't like her
lifestyle choice. She came out of the closet almost
flaunting it and saying this is who I am and if you
don't like it, then too bad. Her whole attitude is
that she thinks that women are superior to men. This
is problematic when raising children. She thinks that
she can be a father and she can raise two boys and
they don't have to know how they originated and who
their father was. How is that going to make them feel
when they get to the age of reason?"
Mr. Sholley feels that tolerance
in one thing but legitimizing the anything-is-a-family
theory is dangerous to children, "A lot of people
who were willing to give her a free ride on that during
the last election did not know that she was of that
orientation. They didn't find out until after the
last election was over. Maybe a lot of people still
don't care in a tolerant state like Massachusetts.
But when it involves two young children, most people
don't feel it is fair to the kids. They don't deserve
this. Don't involve them in your social experiment
or your personal choices. That issue is going to hurt
Sen. Jacques came under fire in
the recent past for giving numerous pay raises to
a female employee whom she later dated. She was accused
by a government watchdog group two years ago of criminally
misusing federal youth workers to boost the tepid
attendance of her gun control rally.
"My opponent is a tax-and-spend
liberal in traditional Massachusetts fashion,"
said Sholley. "She hasn't met a program that
she doesn't like. She is constantly raising taxes
and looking for ways to intrude into the family, looking
for ways to suspend the Constitution, passing a lot
of zany laws- for example, she has been working for
the self extinguishing cigarette.
"She has annoyed so many
different groups, from dry cleaners, where she wanted
to pass a law that would have shirts charged the same
rate as blouses for women, to hairdressers, where
men would have to pay the same price as women or vice
versa. She thought it was discriminatory to charge
women more. Nobody told her that a man could get a
haircut in ten minutes and it might take an hour for
"She banned crossbows, of
course, and my feeling is, what's next? She's trying
to take away our guns. We have a Second Amendment
right to keep and bear arms. It's an individual right,
not a right of militias as many would say.
"My opponent is an extremist.
Even some of the worst liberals up at the State House
think she's way out on the far left, because she's
an extremist. She's been in there for five terms and
I think it is time that we retire her to the dreaded
Sholley, the son of a Pennsylvania
iron ore miner, is the proud father of two "very
bright and accomplished daughters." He is the
former owner of a retail flower shop and garden center
and currently owns the "Grassroots Lawn and Landscape
He grew up in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
and is a graduate of the University of Scranton (BS
History 1970) and U-Mass Amherst (BS Plant and Soil
Sciences 1978). He also studied at the Univ. of Madrid,
Spain, on the Georgetown University Junior Year Abroad
Program, 1968-69. He is an army veteran and Eagle
Scout. He has served in the Peace Corps and worked
in the areas of race relations, advocacy for fathers
and families, and legal reform. He has also been a
delegate to his party's state and national conventions.
He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, The American
Legion, The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Wrentham
Sportsman's Club, and is a two-time finisher of the
The Senate District includes Attleboro,
North Attleboro, Millis, Norfolk, Natick, (Pct. 6,
7, 9, 10), Needham, Plainville, Sherborn, Wrentham,
Wellesley (pct. B, F, G).
Contributions may be sent to: Friends of Earl Henry Sholley, P.O. Box 1375, North Attleboro, MA 02763.
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