Oct 23, 2014 7:25 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Democrats target Republican state senator with tough mailing


Republican State Senator Dave Boutin is crying foul over a democratic party mailing targeting him as an enemy for domestic violence victims.

It's graphic and features a battered woman on the front and blames Boutin for opposing a bill to ban housing bias against abuse victims.

``The mailer grossly exploits women with the picture of a woman battered on the mailer and it also very unfairly distorts my record,'' Boutin said.

Boutin voted no but championed a commission to study the issue. The House refused to compromise and the bill died.
But Boutin voted for six other bills on this topic including Joshua's Law creating a separate crime of domestic violence.
``All of those bills passed and were signed into law and by the way three of them I cosponsored,'' Boutin said.
The head of the state troopers union said Boutin is one of "our strongest supporters" to prevent spousal abuse.
Democratic Party spokeswoman Julie Mccain said Boutin has to answer for his vote.
She said Boutin must also defend his own tough mailers against Democratic rival Maureen Manning...like one claiming she's soft on crime.

Why does this really matter? If Democrats are to take back control of the State Senate on Nov. 4, they must win this District 16 seat by retiring Boutin.


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