Letter: Attacks on Hinds are dirty politics

Attacks on Hinds are dirty politics

To the editor:

I recently received a robocall from state Senate candidate Andrea Harrington, a Democrat running in the Sept. 8 primary. Harrington claims Adam Hinds is accepting big corporate energy money from Boston lobbyists, out-of-state lobbyists and top officials representing companies such as Exxon Mobil.

Let's take a closer look. Mr. Hinds did receive a personal, not corporate, donation from a friend who now happens to work for Exxon Mobil in Australia. Years ago they worked together for the U.N. in Baghdad. The two are graduate school classmates and longtime friends. That donation has been returned to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

Hinds did have $50 come into his campaign fund from an employee of Berkshire Gas. This was the cost of a specific Hinds campaign event. It was unsolicited and came from the personal, not corporate, account of that employee of Berkshire Gas. Adam has always been clear with this person regarding his opposition to the pipeline.

I believe the robocall from Harrington is dirty politics late in the campaign. I have followed this campaign very closely. To witness Harrington going negative this late in the race is a disservice to everyone including herself. She had months to make such charges but she waited until it is so late in the game that there is no time to fairly respond to such accusations.

Hinds has clearly shown himself to be head and shoulders above his two opponents. He has earned and will receive my vote in the primary for state Senate on Thursday.

Jim Edelman, Monterey


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