By John Macdonald
It is commonplace that as a veteran and veteran’s advocate I receive a call from an aspiring politician who wants to meet and discuss veterans’ issues. It’s typical that I meet these folks from both sides of the aisle and inevitably hear them blather on about how much they support our veterans. Then they get elected and do very little if anything to at least maintain the benefits that veterans were promised.
I met with Kevin O’Connor this week, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and immediately got a sense that not only would he be good for veterans, but is the right guy, at the right time for everyone in Massachusetts.
I met Kevin at a neighborhood club in Lowell where a good group of people were enjoying the first post COVID-19 day open. Selfishly I like to meet at places like that to see how a guy running for U.S. Senate, interacts with the people they wish to serve. I got the immediate impression that Kevin cared deeply for people — he had that “it” factor. He was like Scott Brown, but more genuine, firmer in his beliefs and unabashedly direct on the values and issues he would fight for if elected.
As O’Connor worked the room, he met plenty of retired and off duty police officers. Immediately Kevin made the distinction between himself, Senator Markey and Congressman Kennedy. O’Connor is pro-law enforcement, pro-first responder and pro-rule of law. Markey and Kennedy are competing with each other to see who would defund the police and leave the public unprotected from gangs the quickest, versus O’Connor who backs law enforcement and proclaimed, “You could burn me alive and I’d never defund the police!”. Now that is the type of dedication and unflappable resolve on an issue people deserve in Massachusetts…
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