At the debate last evening, my opponent launched a new line of baseless attacks on me. Of course, just like all of his other attacks to date, the latest are just more untrue statements from someone who will say anything in order to get elected. My opponent accused me of profiting off of the per diems that Legislators are allotted for travel to the State House. The truth of the matter is that, since I have been elected, I have donated every dollar received in per diems to local charities. I pledged to secure as much state funding as I could for our district, and donating the per diem is just another way I have fulfilled this promise.
Since I was elected in 2010, I have donated the over $8,000 I’ve received in per diem payments to the Bridgewater Fuel Assistance Fund and Raynham Food Bank. I have always felt this money is better spent at the local level. Apparently, my opponent would prefer that I leave this money up on Beacon Hill where it would surely be wasted.
While I would much rather talk about the issues, my opponent continues to invent new accusations against me. This only serves to distract the voters from my record of accomplishments and our differing positions on the issues. Thank you for taking the time to read this and allow me to set the record straight.