Sean Bielat, who is running as a Republican for the 4thCongressional District seat
Wicked Local photo by David Gordon
By Laura Paine/Staff Writer
Wicked Local NewtonPosted Sep 22, 2010 @ 11:35 PMLast update Sep 25, 2010 @ 11:01 AM Newton — Although Sean Bielat said he only has about 25 percent name recognition in the race to takethe 4
Congressional District from incumbent Barney Frank, members of the Newton Republican CityCommittee met him with applause.
The NRCC held an informal gathering on Sept. 22 at the Newton Community ServiceCenter to allow residents the chance to meet Bielat, as well as several other members of thisyear's GOP candidates, including Mary Z. Connaughton for State Auditor, Bill Campbell forSecretary of State, and Jim Dixon, candidate for state Representative for the 10th MiddlesexDistrict.Bielat began by referencing a poll taken of 400 “likely voters” done by OnMessage, whichshowed that Frank was only ahead in the race by 10 points and 48 percent of those polledwould vote to re-elect him.“That’s an astounding accomplishment at this point in the race,” Bielat said. “We think once we get [name recognition] higher we will see those numbers close even more. We’regetting a lot of attention. a lot of press. A lot of money came in today. The momentum isreally building and that’s what this race is going to be about, because it is a national race andwe are going to need national support.”He discussed Frank’s hand in the collapse of the housing bubble and “soft corruption” inCongress, mentioning Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as the part Frank allegedlyplayed in the bailout ethics violations of Maxine Waters, a member U.S. HouseRepresentative from California’s 35
district, for which she is currently under investigation.Bielat said Frank offered to help so Waters would avoid conflict of interest and what he didwas not illegal.“Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right,” Bielat said. “I am not saying Barney Frank is responsible for the economic collapse. What I’m saying is there are a lot of peopleresponsible, he is high on that list, and what we don’t see is accountability for these folks.What we do see are people who are deciding what their interests are and then using taxpayerdollars to achieve those interests.”He spoke of his time in the Marines and his experience at iRobot to explain thatcongressional leadership needs “someone who has spent time getting their hands dirty in theeconomy” by doing the work that it takes to create real economic growth and while there maybe a vision that if the current leadership had more money and power, more would beachieved, Bielat believes there is another vision.“There is an alternate vision I think many of you share with me,” Bielat said. “It’s a visionof a country of opportunity, of individual freedoms and responsibility, an end of disincentives to growth, investment and hard work, of secure borders and sound foreignpolicy, of the low deficit and resulting low taxation and that’s a vision that I say starts onNov. 2.”Bielat gave his support for Connaughton, who said she was in a “statistical dead heat” withDemocratic opponent Suzanne Bump in a Suffolk University poll of registered voters, whichshe said is a good sign. She said she decided to run for auditor after she turned down anapplication for a “non-revenue transponder,” which would allow her to pass through tolls freeof charge because she was on the board of the Massachusetts Turnpike Committee.“There shouldn’t be two sets of rules for the people of Beacon Hill and for everyone else,”Connaughton said.