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Female Dem challenger kept off stage at Pelosi women’s rights rally supporting male incumbent

Female Dem challenger kept off stage at Pelosi women’s rights rally supporting male incumbent

Marisa DeFranco in MA-06 can’t still can’t get a fair shake from Democratic machine.

Marisa DeFranco is a liberal Democratic outsider challenging incumbent Democrat John Tierney in the 6th District of Massachusetts.

We previously wrote about the mistreatment of DeFranco at the hands of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Female Democratic candidate charges War on Women … by Democratic machine.  Tierney barely won in 2012 despite Obama’s landslide in Massachusetts, and

Looks like the machine is shutting DeFranco out again, keeping DeFranco off stage during a women’s right rally in support of Tierney headlined by Nancy Pelosi.

WCVB in Boston reports:

Reporter:  This [rally] was about equal pay, raising the minimum wage, affordable child care, getting more women elected to Congress. Or was it? One Democrat running against Tierney said she tried to get on stage, but was turned down today.

Marisa DeFranco: I am a woman. The only woman in this race. And the Democratic Party says they want more women in Congress, well, here I am.

I spoke with DeFranco, who told me that she was attending the rally because she has a long history of fighting for women’s rights:

 “I fought for rights for survivors of domestic violence, immigrant women, women fleeing sex trafficking, young women coming out of abusive homes, rape survivors, and I also represented a lot of women in business.”

When DeFranco saw that Tierney was brought on stage, DeFranco approached Pelosi’s staffers and requested that DeFranco be allowed on stage and be acknowledged as being present.  DeFranco did not even request a chance to speak to the crowd, just to be on stage and be acknowledged.  Pelosi’s staffers turned her down.

As to the fundraiser hosted by Michelle Obama tonight, DeFranco says she never got an invitation:

“I think it might have gotten lost in the mail.”

The primary is September 9.


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LOL – this was Squaw Warren’s challenger at the MA DEM primary … the primary convention REQUIRED ID’s for entry … and some heavy-handed DEM pressure was applied to exclude DeFranco. Why is DeFranco still so loyal to the DEM party?

Right. We definitely have to pack more women into Congress. Women like … Nancy Pelosi. Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?

Henry Hawkins | June 2, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Errrrrrm, errrrrrrm, errrrrrrm.

That’s the sound of me trying and failing to work up concern for liberals eating their own.

I understand that those who have not studied our political system think it outrageous that elected officials of both parties support their incumbent colleagues’ reelection campaigns. But it has been the norm of the modern era, and for good reasons.


First is candidate recruitment. One way to entice good candidates for open seats or to challenge incumbents of the other party is to make sure they understand their colleagues will have their backs in later challenges. And that includes fundraising assistance.

Comity within the party is another reason. People will always have disagreements on particular issues, despite the fervent belief of Democrats and other simple-minded partisans. Reaching compromises is easier when you know those policy differences will not result in your ally stabbing you in the back.

On a similar note, there is also the MAD deterrent factor. By convention, incumbents do not support challengers to their colleagues’ renominations, and can expect that courtesy to be returned.


Both parties’ congressional campaign committees for House and Senate were expressly set up to protect incumbents first, and secondarily to support candidates for seats held by the opposing party. Anyone who expects them to do otherwise is living in a fantasy.

For all the whining about “the Republican Establishment,” it is in fact the Democrats who pose more obstacles to outsiders, especially when they challenge incumbents.

DeFranco already ruffled feathers when she refused to step aside for Elizabeth Warren to become the first Fake Native American Senator. So she’s evidently lost all the good will generated from her years playing keyboard with her brothers.

I still laugh at “Heartbeat, It’s a LoveBeat” though. Anyone surprised at the triumph of the Gay Agenda after watching this ’73 vid just wasn’t paying attention:

LOL, she seems shocked that her fellow Fascists are behaving like Fascists.

kenoshamarge | June 3, 2014 at 8:43 am

And where are the screaming women protesting this unfairness to a woman? Strangely silent. Just as they were in 2008 when their present heroine, Hillary Clinton, was sent to the back of the line until a man could be elected. A black man, well half black, but a man all the same. Feminists have no integrity and certainly no logic.

I want the same kind of women to get elected as I want men. Integrity, honesty, competence and a work ethic. I realize that an honest politican, while usually considered an oxymoron, would never get elected so I am willing to settle for as honest as possible.