Dig out the hip boots, folks; the BS is getting deeper!
"Multiple-Choice" Joyce yesterday again asserted that he works for the people of his district, "not
He didn't have to sponsor the tax rollback bill while he was in the House -- he
chose to sponsor it with our blessing.
Nobody asked "Multiple-Choice" Joyce -- the self-described "tax dragon-slayer" -- to seek the CLT
political action committee's endorsement when he ran for the state senate; but
he sought it, certainly felt it was an advantage to have, and he touted
that advantage at every opportunity during his campaign (see excerpts below).
This self-proclaimed "man of the people" was elected to the Senate and
immediately voted against the tax rollback, after championing it in the House and running on it during his campaign.
So how did the "residents" of the congressional district
he aspires to represent vote last November?
According to CLT PAC Director Chip Faulkner: "Along with part of Boston, the Ninth Congressional
District contains 14 towns and cities: Needham, Dedham, Milton, Braintree, Westwood,
Randolph, Medfield, Walpole, Norwood, Canton, Stoughton, Easton, Brockton, and Taunton. (The 9th covers only
parts of Brockton and Easton)
"Every one of these 14 communities voted for the state income tax rollback.
"The collective 'yes' vote was 59.2 percent which was very close to the statewide average of 59.4
It looks to me like "Multiple-Choice" Joyce works for the senate president, or his personal ambition
through grabbing votes any way he can -- but he most certainly doesn't work for
the people of his district. Those he simply plays for suckers and fools.
If you're in the 9th Congressional District, will you be the next victim of his naked opportunism?
If he's elected, Democrat House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt will surely appreciate having another
sheep to add to his Congressional flock!
The Patriot Ledger
Dec. 3, 1997
Senate candidates square off
By John Madden
"... Joyce, who has been endorsed by the anti-tax group Citizens for Limited Taxation and
Government, later pointed out that he is the only Senate candidate who supports reducing the
state income tax from 5.95 to 5 percent. ..."
The Boston Sunday Herald
Dec. 7, 1997
Candidates come out swinging
By Wayne Woodlief
"Rep. Brian Joyce of Milton ... favors cutting the income tax rate from 5.95 percent to 5
percent.... And he proudly touted his endorsement by Citizens for Limited Taxation..."
The Boston Globe
Jul. 18, 2001
Antitax group targets Joyce; Cites change on rollback
By Yvonne Abraham
"In a debate during the campaign for Senate in 1997, one of his opponents, Boston City
Councilor Maureen Feeney, challenged Joyce's oft-made claim that he was the only state
representative to sponsor a bill to lower the state income tax.
"Joyce bristled, arguing that he'd sponsored a rollback
bill on his first day in office, and that he stood alone among legislators in his advocacy of the rate
reduction. He said the 5.95 percent rate was supposed to be temporary, and that the state should honor that,
repeating rollback advocates mantra."
The Patriot Ledger
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
CLT targets Joyce on taxes
By Joy Davis
First they told you he'd changed his position on abortion to
get more votes.
Now State Sen. Brian A. Joyce's critics are going to tell
you he can't be trusted because he dropped his support for a tax rollback once he got into office in 1998.
"If this guy switches on this issue, he could switch on any
issue, said Chip Faulkner, associate director of Citizens for
Limited Taxation, "It doesn't say much for his conviction. I don't think
he can be trusted."
But Joyce said it proves he's thinking about what's best for
his constituents. In the case of the tax rollback, he said he chose to vote for a plan that would give more money back to
people making $70,000 a year or less.
Joyce, of Milton, is running for the 9th District congressional seat, which was held by the late
Joseph Moakley until his deat in May. A primary election for the seat will be
held Sept. 11, followed by the general election Oct. 16.
State senators and Democrats Stephen F. Lynch of South
Boston, Cheryl Jacques of Needham and Marc Pacheco of Taunton are also running for the seat. William Sinnot, a
Hyde Park resident with strong ties to the South Shore, quit his job as an assistant U.S.
attorney last week to enter the race. Sen. Joanne Sprague of Walpole is the only Republican
candidate in the race so far.
The district runs from Taunton to Boston, and includes
Milton, Braintree, Canton, Randolph and Stoughton.
Joyce's campaign hit its first controversy in June when his
new position on abortion became public. Although he personally opposes abortion and urges families to seek other alternatives,
he now believes the government should not dictate whether abortion is legal.
Now Citizens for Limited Taxation is joining the fray. The
group plans to remind its 1,200 or so members living in the 9th District that Joyce changed his position on rolling back taxes
Faulkner said Joyce was an ardent supporter of the tax
rollback while running for his senate seat in late 1997.
But by May 1998, he'd changed his position and supported
Senate President Thomas F. Birmingham's bill.
Faulkner said the plan supported by Citizens for Limited
Taxation would have returned more money to the public than Birmingham's bill did.
Joyce said he works for residents, not lobbyists.
"I don't work for them," he said. "I work for the people of
the Suffolk and Norfolk district.
For more information:
CLT withdraws its PAC endorsement of Sen. Brian Joyce
May 21, 1998
Tax group withdraws Joyce endorsement
By Lauren Markoe
Patriot Ledger State House Bureau
May 23, 1998
If you live in Sen. Joyce's senate
or the 9th Congressional District,
here's his contact information:
State Senator Brian A. Joyce
District: Suffolk and Norfolk
District Office: 38 Ridge Road, Milton, MA 02186
District Telephone: 617-696-0200
Staff: Alissa Benway, Legislative Director
State House Telephone: 617-722-1643