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  • June 03, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    I have to hand it to the Elizabeth Warren team, and their partners Deval Patrick and John Walsh, for convincing the gullible press -- including me -- that an obscure candidate with no funding, no staff, little organization, and no noticable presence at the vast majority of caucuses had gained the support of 15 percent of Democratic Party delegates to the state convention to be the party's candidate for US Senate against incumbent Scott Brown.

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  • May 30, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    "I am disappointed," Marisa DeFranco tells me, that Governor Deval Patrick chose to endorse Elizabeth Warren in the US Senate race, just two days before the Democratic State Convention at which DeFranco needs 15 percent of the delegate votes to qualify for the primary ballot.

    Asked whether she thinks Patrick's endorsement was timed to sway delegates from voting for her this weekend, DeFranco said "I'm going to let other people read the tea leaves on that."

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  • May 18, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    Off we go on a fabulous Ask Me Anything Day! First up, "jessiekb" asks:

    Will delegates to the Democratic state convention give Marisa Defranco the 15% she needs in order to appear on the primary ballot in September?

    Yes. Just about every Democratic insider I've asked thinks so, and I get no sense that top party and Elizabeth Warren people are willing to make the kind of effort it would take to prevent it -- if they can.

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  • January 19, 2012
    By David S. Bernstein

    [Opening image: Massachusetts State House]

    Voiceover: Massachusetts is a liberal, Democrat state. It deserves a liberal, Democrat Senator.

    [fade to black]

    Voiceover: But two years ago, voters made a mistake....

    [Image appears on left half of screen: Scott Brown, in barn coat; preferably shaking hands outside Fenway Park in the cold]

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  • March 23, 2011
    By David S. Bernstein

    Salem immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco has filed to run for US Senator in 2012, seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Brown.

    "I am running -- not thinking about it, not exploring, I'm running," DeFranco says. "This has been in the works for months."

    Admittedly little-known, DeFranco intends to build a grassroots campaign, raising money in small-dollar contributions through her networks of attorneys and Democratic activists.

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