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Several months ago Nashoba Publishing reported on an “open forum” given by the Republican Town Committee in Ayer. The Ayer Town Committee invited only one of the four candidates looking to unseat Niki Tsongas — Jon Golnik. They absurdly professed they only knew of one candidate despite the fact that all four were certified by the secretary of state.

In June we had the so-called “Rock the Vote.” I say “so-called” because they ripped off the title from the nonprofit and nonpartisan organization. The real version of Rock the Boat actually is a forum for young voters to meet candidates and learn about issues. The Golnik-Sullivan version was a campaign rally for, guess who? If you answered Golnik and Sullivan, then you are right!

On Saturday I planned to attend the “Scotch and Cigar” fundraiser at The Devens Grill sponsored by the Shirley Republican Town Committee. I, and several other Sam Meas supporters, showed up prepared to pay the $20 admission. We planned to put up our signs next to the Golnik and Sullivan signs which lined the street. Organizers, however, told us that only pre-approved candidates could put signs at the entrance to the venue. It turns out that The Devens Grill is on private property owned by Robert Walker, the same Mr. Walker who owns Mr. Golnik’s headquarters in Westford. Golnick was in; Sam Meas, Bob Shapiro and Tom Weaver were out!

Do you see a pattern here?

Mr. Golnik is the only Republican with a dedicated, paid, professional staff; meaning that these omissions are not likely to be accidents.

According to the Lowell Sun, his brother Ben is a professional Republican campaigner with national connections. Look up his website at http://www.golnikstrategies.com.

In other words, Republicans, you are being manipulated by a slick inside-the-beltway candidate.

Is this really what you want?

JEFFREY WALLENS

Groton