FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2016
PARKER-O’GRADY ON EEA RETALIATION ALLEGATIONS
Southampton, MA - Since I first took out nomination papers for the State Senate seat in the Second Hampden and Hampshire District, my fiancée has faced threats and retaliation in her job at the Massachusetts Environmental Police, which is under the auspices of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. I am extremely proud of my fiancée for her steadfast courage in facing the daily innuendoes, uncertainties, and even threats concerning a job to which she was committed.
Neither my fiancée nor I asked for any of this situation, but she fully supports me in my determination to face this situation head on and not allow the heavy-handed tactics that the Republicans have engaged in to bully me into dropping out of the race. The Republican Party does not own this seat. It belongs to the people of the District.
I do not want this situation to become an issue between Mr. Humason and myself. My preference has always been and continues to be, to focus on the issues affecting the district; funding for public education, treatment programs for the opioid epidemic, and the need for greater economic development.
I will leave it to others and the Courts to determine whether anyone violated any civil or criminal laws relative to the actions taken against my fiancée. My goal is to focus on the issues that face the citizens of our District and to support my fiancée in any way I can through this challenging time for her.