Letter: Dykema's Voting Record Bill is Misleading

The writer said he believes Dykema's vote against the online vote record amendment was a party-line decision.

Dear Editor,

I am writing to respond Rep. Dykema’s letter explaining her vote against putting committee votes online. The day after her vote in the House, the Senate voted to put these votes online. Our representative is being misleading at best.

Let me further remind everyone that last year when questioned about putting these votes online, she said the technology was now there and she would “absolutely” vote for it.

Her filing a bill is nothing more than giving herself cover. During the rules debate was the appropriate time to consider the matter.

Finally, it is clear that if the GOP has a good idea she refuses to support it, because she always votes with the Speaker.

Amendments should be considered on merit, not party lines. I’m sorry, but Rep. Dykema is being completely disingenuous and she should apologize to the voters.

Charles A. Garbarino III


MReed February 01, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Ms. Dykema filed a bill that will not go anywhere at the State House. Also, technically under the House rules it is a matter previously considered and would be ruled out of order. The Senate voted to put the votes online the next day. The technology exists. This bill Ms. Dykema wants to file is just a smoke screen. The chances of this transparency bill going anywhere is zero. This is just for her own cover. Shameful of her.
Iron Mike February 01, 2013 at 04:05 PM
>> “...completely disingenuous...” Charles, I must compliment you on your civilized restraint! I'm a little blunter. I call her a habitual liar, a political pawn in the hands of Speaker Deleo, and a failed smoke-and-mirrors artist. Nothing she throws up can cover her trail of lies. I wonder if thinking Democrats care, or if they're beginning to become fed up?
Don Folkes February 01, 2013 at 04:10 PM
This is nothing but symbolism by Ms. Dykema. During the recent rules debate, she could have voted for 26 measures to create more transparency, but she did not. She only filed one piece of legislation in the past 5 years, and the chances of this transparency bill going anywhere is none. Legislation dies in committees. It's all spin by a politician who votes with the Speaker and wants to hide it.
Lisa Keefe February 01, 2013 at 04:13 PM
The legislation doesn't get out of committee. Also, committee votes is not supposed to be law. It is the operating procedures in the House. The rules were debated 10 days ago. They will not come up again for another 2 years. This matter has been considered by the legislature and cannot be taken up again. This is phony and meaningless.
Ugotta B. Kidding February 01, 2013 at 04:33 PM
"I voted against what I promised to vote for when it actually mattered, before I voted for it in a meaningless way." Sounds like Dykema wants to be Secretary of State someday.
Don Folkes February 01, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Yes, very good point. This is the classic case of say one thing and do another and hope no one is looking. Dykema got caught and dug the hole deeper by blowing smoke with this phony legislation attempt that goes nowhere.
Lisa Keefe February 01, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Ms. Dykema is shameful. She's been voting lockstep with the Speaker regardless of the common sense and merit of the bill. Ridiculous. She should never have been re-elected. What's most important is watching how they vote. Dykema votes against us and votes as a blind partisan with her Party. That's where her allegiance is. It's not to constituents. She is loyal to her political party and Speaker from Winthrop which has nothing to do with our towns. No wonder all her campaign literature came out of Boston. She mailed nothing on her own. She's a Boston politician.
Michael Gelbwasser (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I've deleted a comment that was a personal attack. Stick to the topic, please.
Iron Mike February 12, 2013 at 08:26 PM
TY Michael. I believe that deleted comment ended with the question ''...is this going to go on for another two years?' The answer to that question depends entirely on Mz. Dykema. Will she continue to vote as directed by Speaker Deleo? Will she continue to break campaign promises? Will she continue to treat voters with arrogance and disdain? If she continues to behave and vote like an elitist left-wing MoonBat, - yeah, our objections will continue to hound her.


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