BOSTON (State House News Service) – The Massachusetts Republican Party plans to request that the State Ethics Commission investigate Rep. Michael Brady, a Brockton Democrat, after what it called a “brazen attempt to campaign with taxpayer resources,” the party announced Wednesday.
Brady, who has announced his intention to run for the Senate seat that became open after the death of Sen. Thomas Kennedy, was a guest Monday on WATD 95.9 FM’s “Monday Night Talk” and gave out his State House office phone number when host Kevin Tocci asked him, “Are you going to have a campaign kickoff, or is there a place for folks to be able to find out more about your candidacy for state Senate online, social media, etc., etc.?”
“Well, if they want to call my office directly at the State House at 617-722-2230, I’m still working as a legislator as we speak now, we’re still dealing with budgetary items and legislation,” Brady responded, according to audio posted on the radio show’s website. “They can call me directly, my cell phone is 508-345-8632. I’m in the process of starting a new website, BradyWorks.net, and that’s going to be up and running shortly.”
MassGOP posted a 30-second audio clip of the question and Brady’s response on its YouTube channel, but did not include the portion in which he gave out his cell phone number or website information.
Brady told the News Service on Wednesday that he provided his office phone number because he had discussed some pending legislation during the radio appearance and said he gave his cell phone number for campaign purposes.
“I gave out my cell phone so constituents can reach me about my campaign on my cell phone, and I gave out my office number so constituents can reach me on constituent issues, as I always do,” he said.
Brady said he has routinely given out his legislative office phone number so residents of his district can contact him with their concerns.
“We still have to do our job as state rep and represent our constituents, so I’ve always given out my State House phone number to represent my constituents,” he said. “Even though I’m running (for Senate) I still have to do my job and represent my constituency.”
In a statement, MassGOP said Brady providing his office number as point of contact for his campaign was “a clear attempt to improperly use taxpayer resources for his political campaign” and a violation of Office of Campaign and Political Finance rules.
“Rep. Brady is demonstrating exactly why the arrogance of the Beacon Hill Democratic machine is wrong for Massachusetts,” MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes said in a statement. “His brazen attempt to improperly use taxpayer resources for his campaign is a prime example of why voters continue to reject one-party rule in favor of balance and accountability. Voters in the Second Plymouth and Bristol District deserve better than an entrenched, unaccountable Democrat like Brady in the state senate.”
A MassGOP spokesman said the party plans to file its request with the Ethics Commission on Thursday.
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