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Past quotes, articles, and interviews with Professor Ubertaccio

The Massachusetts Senate Debate

Professor Ubertaccio sat down with Jared Bowen on WGBH’s Greater Boston to discuss the Massachusetts Senate debate.

Watch Oct. 2, 2012: Do Debates Matter? on PBS. See more from Greater Boston.


Control of the Senate Hinges on New England

The Hill quoted Professor Ubertaccio on future control of the Senate and the significance of the Massachusetts Senate race:  “Ubertaccio said Romney is now in “Bob Dole territory”, making reference to the 1996 GOP presidential nominee. He said Dole’s poor showing that year “made it impossible” for former Republican Gov. Bill Weld to beat Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in the 1996 Senate race.”


Professor Ubertaccio gives his thoughts to Chris Cassidy of the Boston Herald on congressional redistricting.
Redistricting forces William Keating to move family to Cape homeNovember 8, 2011, Boston Herald

Casinos in Massachusetts

“Most people don’t pay attention or understand the political process,’’ said Peter Ubertaccio, a Stonehill College political scientist who watched the debate yesterday. “But what people will understand is when a major political party goes into closed caucus and makes it easier for themselves to get jobs when they leave.’’
-Quoted in “Senate kills five-year ban on taking casino jobs,” September 28, 2011 by Mark Arsenault,  Boston Globe

Low Turnout in Brockton Election

“Peter Ubertaccio, director of the Martin Institute for Law and Society at Stonehill College, said turnout is always low for local and primary elections. Beyond that, however, he said it’s difficult to say why people choose not to vote. ‘It could be general satisfaction (with the status quo), apathy, or not a compelling reason to vote for one of the candidates,’ he said.”

-Quoted in “Brockton Voters Set New Low Record at Preliminary Election,” September 22, 2011 by Erik Potter and Jessica Branco, Brockton Enterprise

Student Loan Debt

“Flat out forgiveness is just not likely. The complexities are so vast given the number of borrowers and prospective borrowers,” he said. “I don’t think there is any chance at all something like this becomes law.”
-Quoted in “Boston locals join petition to stop student loan debt” September 21, 2011 by  Steve Annear,  Metro (Boston)

On Speaker Joe Martin

Speakers Joe and Sam had marked political differences, but their quest for a majority in the House never harmed their friendship or diminished their respect for each other or the institution they sought to lead, a significant contrast to the caustic tone of today’s politics.
-Quest for a Majority July 15, 2011 Letter to the Editor by Peter Ubertaccio, The Washington Post

A Republican Senator in Massachusetts

“When he casts these types of votes he makes himself more appealing to the vast majority of Massachusetts voters,” said Peter Ubertaccio, a political science professor at Stonehill College. “He makes it very difficult for the Democratic Party in the state to land a punch.”
Quoted in “A Republican Stays Connected in Democratic Massachusetts”, May 27, 2011 by Abby Goodnough, New York Times

Massachusetts Senate Race off to Early Start

“It’s a good strategy,’’ said Peter Ubertaccio, chairman of the political science department at Stonehill College.“The question is if his personal appeal to Democrats and independents overcomes that.’’
-Quoted in ‘Senate Race Appears Off to Early Start, May 12, 2011 By Noah Bierman, Boston Globe

Political Implications of Bin Laden’s Death

Professor Peter Ubertaccio contributed to a New England Cable News story on the political impact Osama bin Laden’s death may have.  To view the video, visit here.
New England Cable News May 4, 2011

Sarah Palin or Mitt Romney

Reporter Alison King from New England Cable News to interviewed Martin Institute Director Peter Ubertaccio about the political jockeying between Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin for the GOP presidential nomination. To see the story, visit here.

New England able News December 2, 2010

Kennedy Dynasty

“They are all interested in public service, but they define it differently. They are more public-spirited rather than being public servants.”
-Quoted in: “Patrick Kennedy: Last of Political Dynasty” February 13,2010, by Andrea Stone,

Election of Senator Scott Brown

“The 2010 special election validated one of former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill’s rules of politics: People like to be asked for their vote. Scott Brown, via his organization, his pick-up truck, and old-fashioned shoe leather, asked the citizens of Massachusetts for their vote. Martha Coakley didn’t until it was far too late.”
-GOP Lessons from Scott Brown’s Victory, January 22, 2010, By Peter Ubertaccio, Providence Journal

Historic Upset

“It’s really stunning. The Democrats seriously misjudged the mood of the electorate. That they would lose Ted Kennedy’s seat is just a searing indictment of the state party and the Coakley campaign. This was a winnable race for the Democrats,” he said. “They had the infrastructure, the history, the votes, and everything that could go wrong went wrong.”
-Quoted in ‘A Major Upset of Historic Proportions’, January 20, 2010, By Vicki-Ann Downing and Erik Potter, Enterprise (Brockton)

Election of President Obama

“The symbolism of having the first person of color sworn in the day after the nation celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King is very significant. I’m not sure people who fought for civil rights in the 1960s could have imagined this happening.”
-Quoted in “People Awaiting Hope and Change”, January 18, 2009, By Gerry Tuoti, Taunton Daily Gazette

Coakley’s Democratic Defeat

“This was a sprint. If you didn’t have a statewide team at the outset, you didn’t have time to get your name out there and mobilize voters to turn out at an odd time.”
-Quoted in “Time was on Coakley’s Side”December 09, 2009 by Jack Spillane, Standard Times (New Bedford)

Future of GOP

“If the GOP wants to regain strength in the Northeast, and it must if it hopes to again become a national party, it must learn these essential facts: most races for public office are nonideological, and organization trumps partisanship.”
-“GOP Could Learn From White’s Campaign.” May 20, 2009, Cape Cod Times, By Peter Ubertaccio

America’s Costly Elections

‘Our very large nation’s upcoming presidential election’s estimated cost of $1 billion averages about $3.32 a person. While that might seem like a lot of money, Americans will probably spend more than double that amount on Christmas cards this holiday season.”
-“Our Long Presidential Campaigns Make Sense”, Peter Ubertaccio, Providence Journal, December 13, 2007

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