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Paul Loscocco

Paul Loscocco

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October 8, 2010Contact: Matthew P. Carleo978-500-5473Matthew.carleo@gmail.com 
Today, Paul Loscocco, former Massachusetts Lt. Governor running mate with Tim Cahillmade the following statement:
Last Friday, October 1
, I withdrew from the Cahill ticket because I was convinced that Tim Cahill could no longer win and Idid not want to be part of what I viewed as a concerted effort to re-elect Deval Patrick as Governor. I have been attackedconsiderably in the media over the past several days for making this important and personally difficult decision. Indeed, TimCahill and others have made wild and unfounded accusations, including that I never discussed with Tim in advance myconcerns with his campaign, that have questioned my integrity, and that have asserted the existence of an improper insider dealwith Charlie Baker. All of these allegations are totally baseless, and I categorically deny all such claims as false.Based on the events of this past week and the disingenuous statements which Tim Cahill continues to make about me sinceannouncing my departure from his ticket, I feel compelled to comment further at this time on my decision to leave the Cahillcampaign.Throughout Tim Cahill’s candidacy for Governor there has been continued speculation that his role would simply be that of a“spoiler” ensuring the re-election of Deval Patrick. As a lifelong Republican, prior to making my decision to join Tim as hisLt. Governor running mate I made clear that I would only run with him as an “independent Republican” and only afterreceiving assurances that he sincerely desired to forge a true independent ticket that would be elected and govern outside of traditional party politics and business as usual on Beacon Hill.Tim made specific commitments to me concerning the conduct and strategy of the campaign and his future administration. Healso committed that we would at all times be in the race solely to win and that the campaign would never become party to anyefforts to re-elect Governor Patrick. Unfortunately, in my opinion he did not live up to those commitments and is not nowrunning a campaign fit for the highest office in the Commonwealth.After repeated meetings with Tim and his key team during the spring and summer expressing my ongoing frustrations with thepromised conduct and strategy of the campaign, on Friday morning, September 17th I requested directly to Tim that weurgently needed to meet in private before the end of that weekend to discuss my serious concerns with the campaign. Timcompletely ignored my request and only after the widely-reported departure of campaign strategist John Weaver and campaignmanager Adam Meldrum did he finally agree to meet with me (a week after my earlier request) on Friday, September 24
(afull week before announcing my decision to withdraw).In that meeting Tim admitted that the Republican members of our “team” – myself included – had essentially been removedfrom his inner circle since last May following the attack ads against him by the Republican Governors’ Association. Whilecontinuing to assert that there was a path to victory, it became obvious to me during the discussion that Tim can’t win and thathe appears no longer to be pursuing a statewide campaign strategy to become Governor (in my opinion essentially writing off MetroWest and other critical areas of the State) and to be focusing instead only on solidifying his support in Quincy and thesurrounding area (presumably to take votes away from Charlie Baker and to assist Deval Patrick).Most disturbing, however, was Tim’s admission during our meeting that his top political advisor, Neil Morrison (a former aidenow at Goldman Sachs who claims to be a close personal friend of senior Obama advisor David Axelrod), has been in directcommunications with Doug Rubin (Deval Patrick’s top political advisor and former top advisor to Cahill), discussing andotherwise coordinating matters involving negative ad strategy against Charlie Baker, the timing of such ads, and coordinationof the specific role that the Democratic Governors’ Association will play in the race (including $4 Million Tim claimed wasnow being targeted by the DGA against Charlie Baker in this race). When I asked, Tim did not deny the rumors that jobs in the

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