Last Sunday, on this opinion page, Gene Blake, an Andover resident and political supporter of Dan Koh, authored an attack piece on Congresswoman Lori Trahan that was both unfair and untrue.
The centerpiece of the Koh’s attack against Trahan, as featured in Blake’s piece, is a set of false, and some might argue sexist, assertions about her consulting business.
Before running for office, Trahan co-founded and ran a successful consulting business, Concire, which earned more than $5 million in gross revenue between 2016 and 2018. Her co-founder of the consulting business, Frances Frei, is a professor at Harvard Business School, successful author, and internationally recognized expert in business strategy, operations and culture.
Trahan earned over $672,000 in salary from Concire in 2017 and 2018 alone – a figure available to the public in her most recent personal financial disclosure forms. Despite these facts, Blake erroneously asserts that the business was not real, and absurdly suggests it was set up many years ahead of a potential congressional campaign as some sort of shadowy fundraising tool.
The truth is that the Blake FEC complaint was crafted to be deliberately misleading, hinging on an old personal financial disclosure form which didn’t represent the entire year, instead of waiting for Trahan’s full 2018 disclosure form to be filed.
Blake should admit that he has been coordinating his various actions directly with Koh. And it is time for Koh to stop hiding behind confidentiality arrangements with reporters and political pawns like Blake. In short, it is time for Koh to be transparent with the public about his ongoing shadow campaign against Trahan.
Koh is hoping to create the false impression that the questions being raised by Blake about Trahan’s campaign finance reports are simply questions from a random, concerned citizen, when in fact this is a political hit job. It leads me to believe that this is the crux of a negative political strategy: to distract the public from the exemplary work of a hard-working congresswoman in order to build a deceptive case to run again for Congress. The public and the voters know better.