What are Your Expectations for Mike Barrett as Concord's New State Senator?

A Boston Phoenix blog post casts the Lexington Democrat as ‘an unapologetic liberal’ committed to environmental gains. But what are your expectations from the Third Middlesex District's incoming state Senator?

In the leafy suburbs of the Third Middlsex District, quite a bit of attention was paid to the race for the state Senate seat claimed by Mike Barrett, the Lexington Democrat replacing retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo.

So much so in fact that, in the lead up to Election Day, incumbent joked he was Lexington's other candidate for state Senate, despite the fact that his Fourth Middlesex District includes six Lexington precincts compared to the three in the Third.

But for those looking at the bigger picture, it seems the Third Middlesex race—with its densely populated Democratic primary and polar opposites facing off in the general election—may have been lost in the shuffle of higher profile races, like former Gov. Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency and the hotly contested Brown-Warren battle for U.S. Senate.

Not so any more.

Earlier this week, Boston Phoenix political writer David Bernstein posted a “Meet the Freshman class” piece to his Talking Politics blog. In it, he features three incoming state Senators who claimed open seats and calls them “The Young Gun,” “The Returning Liberal” and “The Leslie Knope.”

An aside: Supporters of Barrett likely will be pleased to hear he’s not the Leslie Knope. Might be too early to tell, though, if he’s a Ron Swanson, but we’ll let you be the judge of that.

With his election to the Third Middlesex state Senate seat, Barrett returns to the state Senate after 18 years in the private sector. He bested four other area Dems in the primary and then Chelmsford Republican Sandi Martinez on Nov. 6. It’s also worth noting he .

Unsurprisingly, Bernstein, known for his smarts and snark, casts Barrett as the “Returning Liberal.” He also hits on some of Barrett’s campaign points, like environmental leadership, cost containment and a gas tax.

Bernstein writes:

Barrett is also committed to environmental gains – he is having solar panels installed on his own house – and believes that voters are ahead of the state government in recognizing the importance of the issue.

“Global warming and climate change are much more potent to working-class and middle-class people than you might think,” Barrett says. “The environmental constituency in Massachusetts doesn’t know its own strength.”

Bernstein also writes that he expects Barrett “to find common cause with liberal nearby-district senators,” including Acton Democrat Jamie Eldridge and Patricia Jehlen of Medford.

With that in mind, we want to know, What do you expect out of Mike Barrett as your incoming state Senator?


Iron Mike December 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Mike Barrett is Third Middlesex's self-inflicted wound! You'll be sorry! Particularly in the working-class blue-collar towns – you know – where honest men and women actually break a sweat to feed their families. I fully expect Barrett to nuzzle up to JamieBoy – and vote headlong for every regulatory and spending bill that is offered on the floor. He'll offer many expensive ones himself. You think he cares about the COST – to you or your kids? Hardly! He's a liberal! He thinks money grows on trees, or in rich men's pockets. Business! Yeah, let's tax the KWRAP out of Business! They're meanies anyway – they deserve it! Gambling! That's the ticket to fiscal solvency! Let's balance the budget on the backs of the gambling addicted! What do I expect of Barrett? As we auger ourselves deeper in debt – I expect him to help turn the screws! Then he'll come around in 2014 telling us about all the 'hard work' he did to get stuff passed [yeah right – with a solid Liberal majority]. I'm pretty old, but I think there's a good chance I'll live to see the day when the Commonwealth – and most of it's cities and towns – can only pay pensioners 70¢ on the Dollar. Then – even as those old folks gather to riot – it will be lowered to 50¢. Just look at Greece. Now watch some yapping liberal come here and say that 'everything's OK, - we've got LOTS of money – and we have SO MANY NEEDS!'
Tyler Jozefowicz December 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mike Barrett , who won by a landslide, will do a great job for the state district. Socially conscious, business background ,wealth of experience,analytical mind, thoughtful legislator, with a fine liberal tradition.
Irene December 05, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I don't expect that Mike Barret will do anything other than put the tax payers of Massachusetts deeper in tax debt and absolutely nothing for Prct. 1 and 9 in Chelmsford.
Iron Mike December 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM
You think he knows where they are?


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