Monday, November 3, 2008

Election Day Tampering

When we arrived at Juniper Hill School, we discovered some of our signs had been removed. The night before, we had painstakingly measured 150 feet from the door. The officer on duty informed me that he had taken the signs down because they were within the 150 foot boundary. I asked how he measured, and he responded he "guesstimated". There were 7 signs pulled down at Brophy School and it is unclear who pulled them down, but these too were well outside the 150 foot boundary.

On November 3rd, an altercation ensued in the morning when I stuck 6 of my political signs in the ground around the border of the Common. While I was there 2 women approached me and told me I could not put the signs up and I had to take them down. I explained to them that this was not the case and to check with Jim Eagan. While talking to those women, a Park and Recreations employee screamed at me from his truck to say I could not put the signs there. As I was walking across the street to my car, this Town employee pulled his vehicle in front of mine and told me again I was not allowed to put signs on the Common. I told him to contact Jim Eagan and left the area. The signs were pulled sometime after 5pm on Monday.

Stay tuned for further updates.



At November 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Friend said...

Good Luck Jim! Hope the voters of Framingham make the right decision on all issues and choose you to represent them. Excellent campaign. Kim

At November 5, 2008 at 6:25 AM , Blogger Frank S. said...

great job. from what we can see, you got more than 1/3 of the vote. amazing to do in only 10 days. the voters like you, hope you run again next time, and get in the race earlier!

At November 5, 2008 at 8:51 AM , Blogger Adam from 01701 said...

Job well done. You got in late and still got a substantial amount of people to opt out of Richardson. I would say the goal was reached. Hard work, honesty, and common sense paid off. Now, for all of us, please run in 2010, and run early! By the way, congratulations on the success of #2. You should take some satisfaction from that

At November 5, 2008 at 9:15 AM , Blogger from framingham said...

Losing sucks, but you ran a good race and made a tremendous statement by the number of votes Richardson did NOT get. For now we have to settle for that victory I guess. You have a gift for this and I hope you use that in the future. There is a place for you in Town government as a voice for us, and you are our BEST choice. Please consider running again, a more traditional campaign, get yourself on the ballot next time!

At November 5, 2008 at 9:37 AM , Blogger Rick said...

You fought the good fight, and we the voters let you down which ultimately let the town of Framingham down. You gave us the option to have a voice, and not enough of us took advantage of that option and we owe you an apology for that. But don’t let that stop you or hold you back. Build on this support you have and you can do great things for this town. Don’t turn your back on us because you did not win. You made a very good showing all things considered. Help us to make Framingham the kind of town it once was, and should be again. You can best do that by continuing to be a voice of common sense and reasonable actions, and by listening to what the residents of Framingham want. There is no one responsive to us now, and just because you did not win an election you got in to 10 days ago does not mean you can not change things here. People have come to respect you and view you as a whole instead of as a one issue man. More people will see that if you stay in front of the public eye and give them the chance. You exhibited your ability to listen to all sides, rationally stand up to opposition, be heard without shouting, and stand your ground without drama. You must recognize that much of your support came from the grass roots of this community, not for the outsiders. Richardson has 2 more years in which to show how unresponsive and ineffective she is, and in these difficult financial times, people will see her for what she is, and that is a woman in way over her head who is not willing to listen to what her employers (that being the town residents) want. She will not garner any further support in the next two years, you can be sure of that. She will lose support for sure. By being available to your fellow residents, by showing up at town meeting to speak on issues that are important for all of us, by not accepting what is wrong quietly, you can still make a huge difference in this town. If that is your honest goal, which I, and many others believe it is, then show the rest of the doubters that. I think those that voted against you did it because they fear you, and the person they fear is an incorrect version of who you truly are. You must admit that you have given them reason to see you in a narrow view, as the man who fought the issue on decrim so vocally. Be vocal about the other things you seem to be passionate about and you will establish a following that no one will be able to beat. I truly believe that. Bring your knowledge and passion and activism to the table for renewable energy, drunk driving laws, tax changes, school improvements, the Dover Amendment, all of these things are still important to us all, even though you did not win. I am asking you to continue to speak out and stand up, for those of us who can not do that for whatever reason that may be. And I do apologize that we, the residents of Framingham, let you down, and let the town down. But I offer you my sincere congratulations on what you did accomplish, which is to send a major wake up call to the power brokers in this town that many in this town are tired of the old boy network and that we are watching them and they will soon be accountable to us. Thanks again Jim for all you did, and for giving us a choice.

At November 5, 2008 at 12:28 PM , Blogger Harry said...

Ditto what Rick said here earlier. Man, what a day it would have been if you had won, but hey, the reality is not all bad, from the numbers for Pam you had a damm good showing for a guy who was a write-in and only announced that 2 weeks ago. High five to you. Great job on the decrim question by the way. Must take some satisfaction from being right about that. I supported you, and would support you again if you run next time. And the scardy cats who voted for Pam, well, they will get what they deserve in the next few years while this state gets caught in the quagmire of fiscal irresponsibility, unfortunately, those of us who supported you will be in that same quagmire. Hang tough and don’t disappear on us. We need your guts, your perseverance, and your willingness to put yourself out there, and we will need it more in the next few years than we ever have! Thanks for running, and trying. We do appreciate it. And don’t beat yourself up for not winning. There are a LOT of dumb people out there, the smart ones voted for you!

At November 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

Not sure what to say here except thanks for giving this a shot. You were far and above the best choice but people just are to caught up in the system to stand against it. They would rather suffer through the incompetence of the approved candidate than rock the boat. Sorry that they won this round, but hopefully you will live to fight another day. You took a full frontal assault on this one without much back-up, and for what it is worth, those of us who support you do recognize and appreciate that. Don’t let this fight bring you down, they may have won the battle, but you can still win the war. Onward and upward, and lets hope we are all able to survive the next few years of this bunch of incompetent, unscrupulous democrats who hold all the power in this state.

At November 5, 2008 at 2:46 PM , Blogger Framingham resident said...

Congratulations on Q2. Those of us around for a long time know that you really were the architect of this question, and the one who fought the good fight to get it on the ballot and passed. Pat on the back for a job well done. Now let's see if they act on it.

At November 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Arnold said...

good job even though you did not win. I agree wholehearedly with everything others have said on this thing today. this town is loaded with idiots who don’t know what to do unless they are told and who always do as they are told. mindless nincompoops if you ask me. they got what they deserve with that air head richardson. to bad we all have to suffer for their ignorance, even those of us who voted for you. Anyway, thanks for trying, that is more than most of the complainers in this town would do. and stay in the fight. this town needs honest responsible people like you who listen to the will of the voter

At November 5, 2008 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Dear loyalists and supporters… I thank you. Your heart felt notes choked me up. And we have accomplished a few things. Passage of Q2 is good for my resume and good for the working man. Parents can feel better now knowing college funding isn’t contingent on not getting caught with a small amount of pot. I feel I have helped change our lives for the good, after a very long and tedious fight. But all of you should know, there were 5100 blanks…. Yes, 5100… voters, hard core left, felt it was better not to show any support for yours truly. I wonder if the Dawn and Chris supporters really have the best interest of Framingham in mind. The other 12K or so… went party line. The fix was in and people just wanted to dump the current admin. So.. I did enter late, and a write in is nearly impossible, unless you’re an indicted felon. I did what I said I would do if she was not challenged. No regrets and I make no excuses and I will not stop defending the middle ground and the will of the voter. I will run in 2010, on the ballot this time and start when I should, like now.
I will stand up for renewable energy and will ask our rep to sponsor a bill for industrial hemp. I will seek out any available funds to do a feasibility study on the water that runs through Town. I will stop any attempt to restrict our ability to generate our own electricity, via wind, solar or biomass.
My deepest passion is to fix and help and hopefully the extreme left and extreme right will see that I’m not going away. Check in from time to time on this blog, (as I’m done with the paper, it’s just to difficult to deal with the power brokers there) to see what I’m doing for you guys as well as the 17 thousand who didn’t vote for reason.
Stay healthy and warm this winter


At November 7, 2008 at 11:20 AM , Blogger Edward said...

Glad to see you have decided to run officially next time. Too tough a nut to crack when you run as a write in. Too many people don’t know how to get a vote for you on the ballot. In 2 years Richardson will have proven beyond a doubt what she can do for the Town of Framingham, which is nothing, and people will have to stop making excuses for her and kick her out if they want the Town to move forward. Keep us informed here about your plans and stay on top of what is going on at the State House and here in Town. Be proactive in letting residents know what is going on, instead of reacting only when Richardson screws up. You would be a far better rep for all than she is, and people need to see the overall Jim Pillsbury in order to understand that. You are smarter, more dynamic, better informed and more creative in figuring out options than the current rep, and all those are qualities I have a feeling we are going to really need in the next 5 yrs. Keep up the good work.

At November 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Jason said...

No surprise that you met this kind of opposition. The democratic network in this town is strong, opinionated, and ill informed about the Constitution of the United States. I was a democrat myself for more than 20 yrs before moving to Framingham, where the immoral, and often illegal, actions of the select few who run the show in this town made me rethink my political affiliation, and become an independent. Of course, in Framingham, being an independent means being the ignored and belittled man, but what the heck, better than being one of them. Thanks for running, and thanks for being willing to do it again in 2010. You can count on my support.

At November 7, 2008 at 3:16 PM , Blogger Friend said...

Hang tough Jim and live to fight another day. Glad you plan to pursue a more traditional run in 2010. This world is not getting to get all better in the next 2 years, so there will be plenty for you to do then also. So enjoy the success of your quest to see Q2 passed, and remember that all the visionarys are considered a little outside the norm in their own time, but eventually, the world catches up to them, and they are vindicated. It happened with Q2, it sill happen with your run for state rep. You have the odds on your side, 3rd time never fails, and we, the citizens of Framingman’s 6rh Middlesex sure do hope that is true. You are a force to be reckoned with, and the day of reckoning is approaching!

At November 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Edward.. Jason.. Friend..

Thanks you all for your great support. We will... live for another time for sure and will keep everyone abreast (on this blog)of the current efforts to make good things happen.

Let's hope they will put Q2 to law in the coming month and move on. If not... we will have to fight the forces of evil.



At November 11, 2008 at 10:08 AM , Blogger Jason said...

Nice to see the blog is still up and running, and glad to see you are going to run a more traditional campaign in 2010. You have some great ideas that the common man can really identify with and you should capitalize and focus on those. Stay on top of the issues, what is important to the people of Framingham will change over the next few years, as it will for all Americans. You need to be able to change with those issues, and stay ahead of them. Instead of being led by the issues, you need to focus on anticipating those issues and leading the charge to the solutions. You have a proven track record of success in doing just that, but that record is on issues that the common man is not yet ready to publically endorse, even though they privately agree with you. There is nothing wrong with being the champion of the common cause. When you build a coalition of people who support you on the issues that are more common to all the residents of Framingham, you will establish support for those not so vanilla issues at the same time. Give people a safe reason to support you until they get to know you, and they will support you on the not so safe issues also. Elderly tax breaks, a Farm 2 School program, abolishing the Tolls and the Mass Turnpike Authority, stricter drunk driving regulations, those are all safe topics people can rally round. Educate the public about alternative energy options and concepts. You have already laid the foundation for that. Build a coalition there, then introduce the tougher to sell ideas, like growing industrial hemp and coralling sex offenders. If you focus all your attention on the tough issues, you will eventually succeed, but think of all the things you could have done in addition to that along the way to success. Be a broad candidate, not a one or two issue candidate. You have a lot of people watching now to see if you really are a common sense, responsible candidate with the ability to accomplish much. Remember, everyone is passionate about something, just as you are. The people of Framingham are looking for someone who will help them achieve the goals they are passionate about. If you support the will of those voters, the will of the majority, then they will support you on the things you are passionate about that they don’t know much about, like hemp farming. And remember, if they don’t support your ideas, it is not necessarily because they are against it. Often it is because they don’t understand the issue or the benefits, and so they stay silent instead of making a mistake. Educate the voters! You helped to do that on the wind by-law issues, and you were successful. Right now, we are waiting and watching, and we will be doing that for the next 10 – 12 months. You gave us a wake up call in October. Over the next year the number of people watching you will grow, sometimes with the help of those of us who are hopefully watching you emerge as a true candidate. Don’t let us down, and we won’t let you down in 2010. There will be other competitors the next go round, but you have the potential to be the strongest opponent to the democratic stronghold in this town. Let the democrats run against each other and have their own infighting. Stand outside that ruckus and show people they do have an option. Make yourself the people’s candidate, not the democratic or republican candidate, and you stand a good chance of walking away from the 2010 election as our new state rep.

At November 12, 2008 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Friend said...

seems like you are getting an awful lot of unsolicited advice here. not necessarily bad, but just be careful not to lose sight of who you are, which is what attracted these people to you in the first place. don't become one of those good old boys, no matter what party you are affiliated with. we need a rebel to turn things around, not some pansy to go along with every body else.

At November 13, 2008 at 7:36 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


A whole a lot to think about.. and you've done that.. Thanks.
As you see for self, things that we.. you and all of us.. are now coming to light... nothing bigger than the toll increase that's coming and a broad based gas tax... I may have a few far reaching, and mis understood idea's that some can't get around yet... but the tolls are something I don't have to teach anyone about... there're unjust, unfair and not suppported by anyone who lives out our way. I stand by my .. your.. suggestion about tolls on rte 93 and rte 3. Not a party loyalist.. not a rebel.. just someone like you. Jason.. all good thoughts you wrote and I appreaciate your advice.

James Dean has nothing on me... I have a cause.


At November 14, 2008 at 12:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you think that you are better qualified to be our rep than Richardson? Not trying to be a naysayer here, but really, why you over her? Other than the ballott question 2 stuff, which, by the way, congrats on a job well done, what experience do you have that will make you better suited than her for this job in 2 yrs? And if you are better at it, why wait 2 yrs to show us that. There is plenty of stuff you can do in this town in the next 2 yrs before running for state rep. Why aren’t you a town meeting member or on the wind turbine oversight committee or volunteering on some committee in town? You want our vote, well, I am ready to give my vote to someone other than Richardson, but you have to earn it by showing me you are someone who can get things done. Listen, there are lots of people like me in this town, looking for a good alternative. But as you saw in the election results, we would rather not vote for anyone than vote for someone who is not going to do any good. We did not vote against you because many of us saw something in you that made us think you might be a good candidate but we did not know enough about you to vote for you. I am willing to bet that was the case for 5000 of those people who did not vote for anyone in that category. Those 5000 votes are yours for the taking if you earn them. Those 5000 people will NEVER vote for Richardson, no matter what. We are just waiting for someone good to run against her. But to show us you are that someone will take more than just talk, we need to see some action.

At November 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM , Blogger AJ said...

This blog is a cool thing to keep going. I come here instead of to the website since this is more current. Two years from now the election will be over. Don’t wait until then to do stuff. We need your creative ideas on how to get out of this mess now, not then. Make a difference now and you can sweep Richardson under the rug in 2010.

At November 15, 2008 at 12:19 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


Thanks for the note. What makes me better than the current rep? Why aren't I involved with Town Meeting or committees? First.. I was on the ad hoc cable advisory committee a few years back.. had meetings, did research, blah blah blah... and when it came down to having our voices heard, the Selectman and G. King decided NOT to even hear our recommendations. And of course, the BOS and other's, sold out to Com Cast, and the Public Access Studio where free speech was to rein... was dismantled and is today a mere shell of what used to be a great resource for the Town's people. Now.. free speech only happens when it is convenient to the studio. I did attend (uninvited) a meeting of Tom O'Neil's ad hoc Wind Turbine Committee. I listened to what propaganda was being thrown around and made a few factual statements, left, wrote to my precinct 6 reps, gave Mr. O'Neil a factual based packet of data, which he asked for, wrote an editorial in the MWDN and have contacted Tom a few times to let him know I was following closely the committee's progress. I was at Town Meeting last month when the article was to be read and of course it was tabled to later this year. In the back of the hall was a 8.5 x 11" diatribe from the Vice chair, railing against wind turbines. I have not been contacted by anyone on the committee, but am monitoring their progress from a far.
The reasons people voted for me.. or not at all, or for Richardson, are their own. Some, out of blind loyalty to a dysfunctional party, some... out of egotistical political maneuvers for the next election cycle and some who recognized I was for real and offered a real change. Keep in mind that I have operated under the radar in many arena's. I have helped in "Green up days", Trail clean ups and river clean ups. I did food drives for the Salvation Army for 12 years and have aggressively voiced my opinion in the editorials when ever possible and have testified at Beacon Hill more times than I can remember. On my TV show, I brought to the viewers attention, the Tom Finneran case, Baby Safe Heaven, Home Schooling parents who had their children taken away, senior prescription programs, the list goes on and on. It's not like I'm a shrinking violet... I just choose to get things done out of the spot light. I'm not sure there's anyone in this Town who walks the walk and talks the talk as I have done and continue to do.

Town Meeting is like watching paint dry and it drives me crazy to see the level of political correctness and the lack of investigative research done by the Town Meeting members and the lack of participation on some of their parts.

My resume of accomplishments is clear and speaks volumes, for itself. What would make me a better rep than the current one? I'm not a party loyalist, I'm available, I listen, I'm clear in my resolve, I'm on your side and on the side of the truth.


At November 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Aj.. I'm trying brother.. I'm trying.



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