Barbara Anderson, a veteran antitax activist, plans to endorse state Representative Daniel B. Winslow for US Senate on Tuesday, a nod that could help Winslow win the support of fiscal conservatives.
Anderson said Winslow, a Norfolk Republican, has been a strong opponent of Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed $1.9 billion tax increase and has a 100 percent rating from her group, Citizens for Limited Taxation.
“He’s just what we need on fiscal issues,” Anderson said.
She plans to formally back Winslow’s campaign for the Republican Senate nomination at a press conference outside the State House on Tuesday.
For decades, Anderson has been at the center of some of the state’s biggest tax battles. In 1980, she helped lead the charge for Proposition 2½, a ballot measure limiting property tax increases and, in 2000, helped pass an initiative petition to roll back the state income tax rate.
Anderson said she is backing Winslow over one of his rivals, Michael J. Sullivan, former US attorney, because even though both candidates are strong fiscal conservatives, Winslow’s support for abortion rights and gay marriage reflects her own views on those issues.
Sullivan opposes legalized abortion and has said states should be allowed to decide whether to ban gay marriage.
“The social issues are getting more important to me,” said Anderson. “I worry about social conservatives hurting our chances to save the country and the world, and I don’t understand the opposition to gay marriage.”
Anderson said she was initially intrigued by the third Republican in the race, Gabriel E. Gomez, former US Navy SEAL, but ruled him out because of the letter he wrote to the governor in January asking Patrick to appoint him to the interim Senate seat.
In the letter, Gomez pledged to support Obama’s agenda on gun control and immigration, stances he now rejects as a candidate for Senate.
“That did me in,” Anderson said. “It makes him seem like someone who would say almost anything to any group. . . . It sounds like political naïveté, but I still don’t like it.”
Former aide to Brown joins Sullivan’s Senate campaign
A longtime top aide to Scott Brown, former senator, has joined Republican Senate candidate Michael J. Sullivan’s team, the campaign announced Monday, along with two veterans of former governor Mitt Romney’s campaigns.
Greg Casey, Brown’s chief of staff in the state Senate and deputy chief of staff on Capitol Hill, will work as a campaign adviser, Sullivan aides said. Matt St. Hilaire, who the campaign said has served GOP governors dating to Paul Cellucci, will be senior campaign strategist. Owen Dorney, a deputy finance director for Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, will be campaign finance director for Sullivan.
The announcements were made as Republican operatives continue to splinter among the three candidates for US Senate, who also include Cohasset investor Gabriel Gomez and state Representative Daniel P. Winslow of Norfolk.
Two who worked for Romney’s 2012 campaign, for instance, advance staff Will Ritter and Charlie Pearce, now handle press for Gomez and Winslow, respectively.
Leonardo Alcivar, who served briefly as campaign manager for Charles D. Baker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign, and Gail Gitcho, a former aide to both Brown and Romney, have also hitched on with Gomez.