Either Republican Candidate is Better than AG Healey
In September there are two republican candidates who are competing with each other to unseat the current Attorney General (AG), Maura Healey. Both republican candidates are from the South Shore. Dan Shores graduated from Georgetown University. He was litigator at top law firms for 13 years in Washington, D.C. Since he returned to Massachusetts he became an intellectual property lawyer. At the Massachusetts Maritime Academy he oversees the academy’s budget which exceeds $50 million. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Jay Mc Mahon has law enforcement and military experience; he is a trial lawyer 30-plus years in every level in the court system. He has litigated at the private sector and in business management; he has educational experience from various colleges and he has involvement in several community forums.
During the last few years there has been an opioid epidemic crisis in Massachusetts. Both candidates have put this crisis on their to-do list as one of the major priority to find a way to cope with it. In every month almost 150 death from opioid overdose in Mass. The opioid related incidents, medical emergencies and other matters concerns this issue affects every school and possibly every family in Massachusetts.
According to McMahon, we can not solve this problem, as the current AG tried to do it by throwing some money to a few schools. He offers a three-step solution: find and dry up the source of the drugs; ruthless prosecution for the drug traffickers; finally the long term result is treating the opioid addiction with a rehabilitation program. Since “Boston is the medical capital in the world” as McMahon added, there must be a way focus on a cure for the drug dependency.
Dan Shores has his own three-step solution. First, the prevention: it is necessary to go back to the schools to educate students about the danger of the opioid crisis with the help of the IG office. Shores keeps the prevention program as important as the other factors. The second factor is the health care: He believes that the AG’s office can direct the client to the proper health care and resources. Third, and the fundamental factor of the whole solution is to find the traffickers and put them behind bars.
Since the drugs are coming from Mexico and Afghanistan and other places from outside of the country, this crisis is a federal problem. Shores, as his opponent Jay McMahon, acknowledge that the best way to tackle the drug epidemic is the cooperation with the federal authorities and to end sanctuary cities. “ICE is here to help us, ICE is here to protect us,” Dan emphasized. Our current AG sympathizes as a “bleeding heart for those who break our laws.” He added: “When I’m elected the only sanctuary we’ll provide is sanctuary for the law abiding.”
Sentencing for drug traffickers must be enforced! We cannot offer a “safety valve” to give judges discretion to eliminate it, as Maura Healey has been handling this problem.
Dan Shores attacks Maura Healey not only because she is a big supporter of illegal immigration and an advocate for Massachusetts to become a sanctuary state. She is one of the 22 AG’s who 35 times sued the Trump administration.
Both of them are very disappointed with the current administration, which has 48 million dollar budget this year and, does not do much about the opioid epidemic. On the AG’s website you won?t find special program for the opioid issue crisis, but there is much assistance for the transgender people.
Regarding to the children’s separation at the border: Dan calls it negative consequences of their actions. Mc Mahon takes a little bigger distinction: illegal immigrant first act is criminal; ICE is not breaking the families, families are breaking themselves - he said. He would ?bring back the whole family to the border, and send them back with instruction how to fill out our application forms?! Conspiracy to violate federal law; conspiracy to shield, to harbor fugitives from justice?.
The latest brutal school shootings brought back the gun control into a controversial issue in Massachusetts also. According to McMahon, a lawful gun owners does not commit crimes. Crime was committed with the guns from the black market. ?Politicizing the shooting is not helpful? - said Dan Shores. Both candidates consider it appropriate to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. This must be based on their criminal record or mental health issues as the result of psychiatric evaluation. Both candidates are strong 2nd amendment defenders and gun owners but Shores supported the bump stock ban.
In 2012 the medical, in 2016 the recreational marijuana was legalized in Massachusetts. The AG role to enforce the law, evan he/she doesn?t support it - according to Dan, and he would introduce new laws for insure public safety. Jay was favor for medical marihuana and against recreational marijuana. Use marihuana, regardless it is recreational or medical need to work out with the feds because it is against the federal law. ?It is the Pandora’s box? - insisted Mc Mahon.
Both candidates has enough qualification and strong commitment to be Attorney General in Massachusetts and they want fairly represent the government and people of Massachusetts and keep the politics out of the AG office. Either one of them would sit in the AG office, we would not need to be afraid that they will support the voting right for non-citizen as it is happening in Boston. It would be in jeopardy in Maura Healey’s hand.