Mass Live and the Daily Hampshire Gazette LIE to cover Richard Neal's LIE...
This video was taken on the day after the Sit In. Richard Neal is wearing a different suit shirt and tie in the video. Watch the video and see that there are only two people in the chambers while Neal makes his speech.
Congressman Richard Neal, D-Springfield, and other Massachusetts Democrats took part in a sit-in protest at the U.S. House chamber Wednesday to force a vote on so-called 'gun safety' measures.
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U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, urged Republican leaders Thursday to bring up two so-called "gun control" measures for consideration as House Democrats staged a sit-in.
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Congressman Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, spoke on the House floor. Broadcast via a Facebook Live video stream by Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, Neal gave a three-minute speech reiterating the sit-in's main talking points.
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This is the story of a professional Politican.
Richard Neal began his political career as co-chairman of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern's 1972 election campaign in Western Massachusetts. In 1973 he became an assistant to Springfield Mayor William C. Sullivan. Neal was elected to the Springfield City Council in 1978 and was named President of the City Council in 1979. The following year he was named as a delegate for presidential candidate Edward M. Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. While a city councilor, Neal taught history at Cathedral High School, and gave lectures at Springfield College, American International College, Springfield Technical Community College and Western New England College.
In 1983 Neal made plans to challenge Theodore Dimauro, the Democratic incumbent Mayor of Springfield. This pressure led Dimauro to retire and Neal was elected mayor. Richard Neal was re-elected in 1985 and 1987. As mayor, Richard Neal oversaw a period of significant economic growth, with over $400 million of development and investment in the city, and a surplus in the city budget. He worked to strengthen Springfield's appearance, pushing to revive and preserve the city's historic homes and initiating an influential Clean City Campaign to reduce litter.
Richard Neal ran for the United States House of Representatives in Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district in 1988 after 18-term Democratic incumbent Edward Boland retired. Boland had alerted Neal of his impending retirement, allowing the mayor a head-start on his campaign. Richard Neal raised $200,000 in campaign contributions and collected signatures across the district before the retirement was formally announced. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and his only general election opponent was Communist Party candidate Louis R. Godena, whom he defeated with over 80 percent of the vote.
Richard Neal has won re election in every term since. Former Springfield mayor Theodore Dimauro, reflecting sentiments that Richard Neal had an unfair advantage in the previous election, ran as a challenger in the 1990 Democratic primary. Dimauro's campaign was sullied by a false rumor he spread about the Bank of New England's financial situation, and Richard Neal won the primary easily. He was unopposed in the general election, winning 68 percent of the vote. In 1992 his popularity was threatened by the House banking scandal, in which he had made dozens of unpenalized overdrafts at the House Bank. After narrowly defeating two Democratic opponents, he was challenged by Republican Anthony W. Ravosa, Jr., and Independent Thomas R. Sheehan. Neal won with 53 percent of the vote.
In a Springfield Union News poll taken in mid October 1994, Richard Neal was only ahead of John Briare by 6 percentage points. Richard Neal then went on to spend nearly $500,000 against Briare in the last 2 weeks of the election to defeat him. The 1994 general election also featured a third party candidate as well, Kate Ross, who received 6% of the vote. With blanks, Neal actually received only 51% of the vote in 1994.
Since 1994, Neal has had little electoral opposition. He was challenged by Mark Steele in 1996 and easily dispatched him with 71 percent of the vote and ran unopposed in 1998. In 2000 he won the Democratic primary against Joseph R. Fountain, who challenged Neal's positions as "anti-choice" and "anti gun". Richard Neal had been unopposed in the general election since 1996, but faced Republican opponent Tom Wesley in the 2010 United States Congressional elections, which Neal won by a margin of 57% to 43%.
For his first 12 terms in Congress, Richard Neal represented a district centered on Springfield and stretching as far east as the southern and western suburbs of Worcester. When Massachusetts lost a congressional district after the 2010 census, the bulk of Neal's territory, including his home in Springfield, was merged with the 1st District, held by fellow Democrat John Olver. The prospect of an incumbent vs. incumbent contest was averted when Olver retired. The new 1st was no less Democratic than the old 2nd, and Neal was reelected without much difficulty in 2012 and 2014.