Praise for Rep. George Ross

The residents and taxpayers of Attleboro have a winning combination hard at work day in and day out. By sending Rep. George Ross back to the Legislature, both he and I will continue to work for you and your family.

I have had the privilege and honor of serving the people of the city of Attleboro since 2002. During the last two years, I have partnered with Rep. George Ross in what has proven to be an extremely successful and productive alliance. I have watched as George has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. He has shown incredible diligence and passion for serving not only the citizens of the city, but the residents of the commonwealth as a whole. 

During his first term in office, George championed legislation aimed at banning the sale of bath salts. Thanks to Rep. Ross' proactive approach to public safety, and his ability to work across the aisle, this piece of legislation—hailed by all public safety and health officials—was signed into law by Gov. Patrick.

Furthermore, George joined his Republican colleagues in embarking on a GOP Jobs Tour throughout the commonwealth. During the Jobs Tour stop in Attleboro, business owners and residents alike came out to offer their insight as to what we as legislators could do to create and retain jobs in Massachusetts. Since the Tour, House and Senate Republicans offered a comprehensive jobs package. Many components of our Jobs Package have been adopted by the House, including an integral part of the VALOR Act which will give veterans college credit for military training they have previously received.  

Since George was sworn-in to office, local aid to Attleboro has increased every year. In the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, Rep. Ross joined his Republican colleagues in successfully securing an initiative in the state budget which would return $65 million in unused parts of the budget to cities and towns. Under George's guidance, Attleboro continues to receive increased funding for local road and bridge repairs. 

While serving as the House Republican appointee to the Special Commission on Housing, Rep. Ross remained a powerful and steadfast advocate to find solutions aimed at combating and eradicating homelessness in Massachusetts. Recently, he was selected to serve on a special committee charged with identifying the recipient of the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery.     

George and I have worked on multiple issues facing the city, and many areas still require our undivided attention. The residents and taxpayers of Attleboro have a winning combination hard at work day in and day out. I ask you to keep the able, active and successful partnership in place for the benefit of all. By sending Rep. George Ross back to the Legislature, both he and I will continue to work for you and your family.

Betty Poirier is the representative of the 5th Bristol District in the state House of Representatives. Her district includes the portion of Attleboro not included in the 2nd Bristol District, currently represented by George Ross, who is running for re-election against Paul Heroux.

Mark September 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
so, this is the guy who is responsible for Attleboro degrading into a ghetto?
Richard Conti September 20, 2012 at 03:10 AM
I am with Betty. The next two years should see George in Boston. I have personally been to Beacon Hill to see George at work and I have seen how he is well liked and respected in those chambers. His efforts to push a bill I wrote to assist Farmers Markets in MA on public lands was excellent. He impressed me with his attention to Attleboro residents in his office hours and attendance at Attleboro events throughout his term. Best of all he has his fingers on the pulse of Attleboro.
Gretchen Robinson September 20, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Betty, when you and Ross appeared at the Debate at Agudas Achim in Nov. 2010, you were late and everything stopped, as if royalty had appeared. My husband and I were sitting in the back row. Both of you went up the back where people were standing and talking. The volume immediately went up and no one in the back seats could hear. We wanted to hear the City Council Candidates and stayed to the end with the School Committee Candidates. All during the time, the buzz and schmoozing never stopped. People looked around to stare at the cabal back there and we were ignored. I think that was rude, but that's how I perceive you anyway (from a direct experience I had of you at another meeting). This incident leads me to disrepect George Ross as well as you. It was undemocratic (small 'd')--to be so self-involved that you interfere with voters getting the information they need.
james connolly September 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
He has my vote. He is working hard for Attleboro. Jim connolly
Dennis Naughton September 21, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Gretchen Robinson September 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
"Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever will." worse yet Betty Poirier (and her husband before her), are deeply entrenched with North Attleboro's conservative elite. And somehow my ward, 3B got stuck with her as our State Rep. Through some act of gerrymandering, 3B got split off from the rest of the City. So we can't even participate in 'City' elections and choose between Ross or Heroux for the best candidate to serve Attleboro!!! That's why Poirier is pushing so hard for Ross: to be part of an un-dynamic duo, in the hopes of turning this whole area Republican. Attleboro's leadership (mayor-Kevin Dumas; city councilors (Rick Conti, etc. etc.) make up a Republican power base here, with their 'no can do' mentality in many cases, State Republicans are always bemoaning their minority status in the statehouse. They use the ridiculous argument that voters should pick Republican candidates to balance things. Pardon me, but I pick the best candidate, and since Republicans only have ineptitude or a right wing ideology to offer, I end up voting Democratic. Wait until the next City election. I don't plan to vote for Dumas or Conti for starters.
Mac September 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Gretchen; you hit the nail right on the head!
Darren Major November 10, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Glad the voters saw that George was a big ZERO - Betty is also a massive ZERO but now we need to put her out once and for all along with the other ZERO, Richard Ross
Gretchen Robinson November 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Darren, it's time to move on. We won. I emailed Richard Lunt on election day, before we knew who won, and suggested that no matter who won, "neither side should gloat." Enough negativity on my part (our part?) and enough taking the inventory of Poirier and Ross. It's time to get to work and start putting our ideals into action by supporting our leaders as they try to serve this City, state, and nation. The election was a beginning not an end in itself.
Richard W. Lunt November 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
This election has tought me that its time to work together. We all want the same goal of making America a great country where everyone can be proud to be an American. We can all learn from each other's differences (Especially me). Congratulations to all the candidates who ran for office this year and this includes the candidates who won and lost, we the people expressed our voice through voting. I pray that our leaders in Massachusetts and in Washington including our Presidednt Barack Obama can work together for the good of this nation.
Gretchen Robinson November 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
my hope is that we can indeed work together and not go back to the negativity. Live and learn.


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