Met Bob and John and MJ at breakfast in Andover. They expressed concern about any Democrat besting Scott Brown, given all the money he has. They are concerned that he has this pick up truck and barn jacket image. So the question of the day from MJ: “Why are you, Tom, the best Democratic candidate to beat Scott Brown? What makes you different from the others?”
There’s a lot of frustration and negativity out there, and we could use some success stories to create the optimism to get our economy back on track.
At the Agawam Diner in Rowley, a classic 1930s art deco spot where breakfast is “Served all day”, all the staff have 30+ years of experience, and the clientele consists of regulars. Met some nice folks, and all seem rather frustrated and displeased with Washington. Heard one say “put the politics aside and the people first.” Another criticized the media for causing the polarization and partisanship in WDC in order to sell ads and papers, a commentary that I have heard from several others along the way. How do we stop that, we wondered?
Joe, 77, who said he met JFK several times because “JFK was everywhere when he campaigned”, commended me on passing 500 miles on my walk, saying “success hides behind hard work.”
New Bedford, once the wealthiest city in America when it was the capital of the whaling industry, has beautiful charm in some areas, but unmet needs in others. The vestiges of old wealth can be seen in gorgeous architecture and idyllic neighborhoods. Poverty and run-down neighborhoods are often just a couple of streets away.