ANDOVER — State Sen. Barry Finegold said his record shows that he is the second most bipartisan Democrat in the state Senate.
“I vote with Republicans, I vote with Democrats,” said Finegold, of Andover. “Ultimately, I vote for what I think is best for the district.”
He voted against casino gambling which the majority of his party supported, and was one of only five Democratic senators to vote against the MBTA bailout bill, he said.
But throughout the campaign, his opponent state Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, has accused him of being a part of the “go along to get along crowd” of Beacon Hill in raising taxes and cutting local aid.
“There is a clear contrast in this race,” Adams said during a debate at Tewksbury High School last week. “I supported local aid. He’s cut it. He’s raised taxes killing thousands of jobs and I’ve voted to cut taxes.”
Finegold was elected to the 2nd Essex and Middlesex Senate district in 2010 after serving for 13 years as a state representative in the 17th Essex House district. Adams was elected to the 17th Essex House seat in 2010.
Adams beat Andover Selectman Alex Vispoli by 91 votes during the primary election in September. The district includes Andover, Lawrence, Tewksbury and Dracut.
Adams did not respond to several requests from The Eagle-Tribune for an interview for this story.
During a forum hosted in Andover, Finegold questioned how Adams can say he supports local aid when he voted against the budget, which included significant increases in local aid. Adams claimed he voted against the budget because it was filled with “patronage.”
“Without balance, without somebody making decisions that I think are in the best interest of the communities and not what the Beacon Hill ‘go along to get along’ culture wants, we are not going to see the best results that are in the best interest of the communities,” Adams said.