Abington: State Rep. candidate named in complaint sent to state ethics commission

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A Democratic candidate in the race for the 7th Plymouth District State Represenative seat has been named in a complaint filed with the State Ethics Commission by Mass Fiscal Alliance, a conservative economic watchdog group.

In a letter sent to the State Ethics Commission, the group questions what they say are false and misleading statements made by Democrat Bob Toomey of Abington on his Statement of Financial Interests form for calendar year 2011–specifically on the income field for his job as a substitute teacher in Abington, according to Mass Fiscal Alliance Executive Director Paul Craney.

WATD’s Steven Dodrill has the story.

We asked Craney if the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance has any ties to Toomey’s opponent, Republican Geoff Diehl of Whitman, the incumbent in the 7th Plymouth District.

“No. But we don’t hide the fact that we are a conservative economic group”, said Craney. “Essentially, we fight for a tax policy that will allow our state to be more sustainable. So, there are going to people in the State House that are drawn to that policy, and that vision, and others that may not be.”

Craney says there is no coordination between any campaigns, and they do not endorse candidates.

“We just essentially look at the public records and go through it very closely, and we find discrepancies and we raise it,” said Craney.

Toomey and Diehl are scheduled to take part in a forum on WATD on Thursday night beginning at 7pm.

About Steven Dodrill

Steven Dodrill is a member of the WATD news team as a full-time news reporter and weekend anchor while assuming the duties of Manager of Web and News Services. The 25 year-old Franklin Pierce University graduate adds a blend of new media to the traditional news for WATD listeners over the airwaves, and for the readers on the web. Dodrill has a vast amount of experience in on-air and online platforms. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.