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GOP Spokesman Laughs at Attleboro Candidate

Democratic state House candidate Paul Heroux wrote that people who care about their communities vote. However, he has not voted in most elections. The state Republican party spokesman calls this "comical."

Tim Buckley, communications director for the Massachusetts Republican Party, called 2nd Bristol District (which includes most of Attleboro) state representative candidate Paul Heroux a hypocrite Tuesday for writing an opinion piece last year saying "we who care about the future of our local communities" vote, while it was revealed last week he has failed to vote in most elections. Heroux responded that his voting record is perfect since writing the piece.

The op-ed, which appeared in various media just before the local November 2011 election, includes quotes about the importance of voting from real-life and fictional people. Quoting Gov. Willie Stark, the character based on real-life Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, from the movie All the King's Men, Heroux wrote, "If you don't vote, you don't matter."

The election that came after the publication of Heroux's piece was the first local contest in which he ever voted.

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"This is typical 'do as I say, not as I do' behavior from Mr. Heroux," Buckley told Attleboro Patch.

He called Heroux's piece "comical."

"Whenever a politician is urging others to do one thing, in this case the all-important act of voting, and the politician does another thing, it's hard to take the person's statements seriously," Buckley said. "And it's hard not to laugh at this opinion piece."

When asked about Buckley's comments, Heroux noted that he has voted in all three elections that took place since the publication of his piece. 

"I'm a regular voter, but not a perfect voter," Heroux said.

Heroux became eligible to vote when he turned 18 in 1995. He did not exercise that right until the 2004 presidential election. His next trip to a polling station was in the 2008 presidential election. Heroux voted in four of the next seven elections.

Patch obtained Heroux's voting record from City Hall last week after he complained that the wife of his opponent, Rep. George Ross, had done the same thing. Jeanne Ross' alleged action was an example of the incumbent playing dirty, Heroux said.

"My voting record has absolutely no bearing on how I'm going reduce tax waste in Massachusetts or help bring mental health services to Attleboro," Heroux said Tuesday.

Heroux's voting record came to the attention of Buckley after he read the article on Patch, the communications director said. He said he was amazed to see this, and did additional research, which led him to the op-ed. He contacted Patch about his discovery. But Buckley said the state Republican party is not focusing on this contest, stating "all the races are important."

Jonathan Friedman October 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Adam: Your post is inaccurate. There was a Democratic primary election in March even though Obama was the only person on the ballot. City Hall voting records, which I will post shortly, show that Heroux voted. There was an option on the ballot for "no preference." 81 people in Attleboro chose this option, according to the Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2012/president/primaries/mass/2012_democratic_presidential_primary_results/
deb of see-attleboro October 18, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Tom: I agree there are legitimate reasons for abstaining from an election. Uninformed voter is not one, IMO. Number one: A civic minded person is informed. Number two: Even if he/she is undecided or dislikes the choices, there is always the option of submitting a blank ballot.
Just sayin' October 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Gretchen, you could exchange "Republicans" with "Democrats" or even simply "Politicians" in your first sentence. I have met Heroux and personally I like him. However, I find it unsettling that he was going to run for another office a few weeks ago and then changed to this race. This along with his voting record makes me wonder why he wants to be in politics so suddenly. I really like and agree with a lot of his platform, but I question his effectiveness and commitment. That being said, I also like George Ross the few times I have spoken to him in passing at the AFM and around town. I'm not as familiar with his platform (so I have some homework here) however I don't doubt his commitment to 'we the people'. Regardless of whether or not it is primarily self-serving he is very visible, and there is good that comes out of that in the end. I would be nice to have multiple debates - that is admittedly a concern for me as a voter.
Adam Tellier October 18, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Thank you. I wanted to make that known.
Sarah October 18, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Ok, I am just going to put this out there. THE MOST unsetteling of all of this hullibilloo is that Paul claimes he could not figure out of to file an absentee ballot!!!! REALLY? For the professional student that you are, I question your ability to do your homework. That is a skill that is necessary in the State Rep job. Go the extra mile Paul... Go back to the drawing board on your plans to attain an elected position. Do a little more homework. And stop insulting the people who do actually vote.

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