LOWELL -- Anthony Amore, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, criticized incumbent Democrat Bill Galvin during a press conference Wednesday.
The appearance came just days after Galvin announced he would direct a recount for the primary election for the 3rd Congressional race in Lowell and Lawrence.
Galvin cited issues with poor staffing in Lawrence and ballot handling and tallying in Lowell as reasons his office will be overseeing the recount in the cities. The tight race between congressional candidates Lori Trahan and Dan Koh -- with Trahan only 122 votes ahead of Koh -- has spurred the recount. Amore said Galvin waits for problems to arise before addressing them.
“Personally, I prefer to prevent disasters. So, I guess that’s a clear distinction between me and Mr. Galvin,” Amore said outside Lowell City Hall. “This recount and these problems were foreseeable. We have a 10-way race with no clear front-runner. Of course it’s going to be close.”
He said short staffing in Lawrence should not have been something Galvin discovered after the election and said there should have been training or a refresher for election workers.
Amore said he supports moving the primary to the spring, to allow for more time before the general election.
“It gives plenty of time for the general election, for sorting out issues and making sure voters everywhere have time to learn about the candidates, get a ballot and vote on time,” Amore said. “The very fact that we have this turmoil and this recount is evidence that Mr. Galvin’s focus has not been on running, good, fair elections.”
Amore said the recount being overseen by Galvin is particularly troubling, after he allegedly told Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, “I made you mayor,” following Rivera’s endorsement of his primary challenger, Josh Zakim. Amore said voters have the right to know what Galvin meant by that statement. He also emphasized the importance of preparation in avoiding situations like the recount, so close to the general election in November.
“This was entirely predictable, but Mr. Galvin waits until disaster strikes and then tries to fix it,” Amore said.
Galvin’s office declined to respond to Amore’s comments Wednesday.
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