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Dems Tap Kerry’s ‘Watergate Burglar’ Bro

From the poor step-daughter of the "Paper Of Treaon," the Boston Globe:

Cameron Kerry, John’s brother, in 1972. On the eve of the primary, Cameron and campaign field director Thomas J. Vallely, both then 22, were arrested in the basement of a Lowell building that housed the headquarters of Kerry and another Democratic contender, state Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia of Lawrence.

Democrats tap John Kerry’s brother to help win governor’s office

April 17, 2006

BOSTON –The state Democratic party is tapping U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s brother, Cameron Kerry, to co-chair a committee designed to help them win the one race that has eluded them for more than a decade: the governor’s office.

Cameron Kerry, an attorney with the politically connected law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, will co-chair the Massachusetts Victory ’06 Coordinated Campaign with attorney Katherine Clark, a former Democratic candidate for state Senate.

Tracey Lewis, deputy director for John Kerry’s leadership committee, Keeping America’s Promise, has been named the committee’s campaign manager.

Cameron Kerry served as an adviser and confidant to his brother during his failed 2004 presidential bid. He weighed the idea of running for secretary of state if Democratic incumbent William Galvin had opted to run for governor.

Democrats hold every congressional seat, overwhelming majorities in the state Senate and House, and every statewide post in Massachusetts except for governor and lieutenant governor.

The three Democratic candidates for governor — Chris Gabrieli, Deval Patrick and Tom Reilly — will be on hand for the official announcement on Wednesday.

The last Democrat candidate for governor to win election was Michael Dukakis in 1986.

Well, you got to admit he is highly qualified to help the Democrats lie and cheat and steal an election.

From Insight On The News:

Heard of Watergate? Get ready for Lowellgate

Sept 16, 2003

On Sept. 18, 1972, the evening before the primary election during his second attempt for Congress, Kerry’s brother Cameron and one Thomas Vallely, both part of his current campaign team, were arrested by Lowell police at 1:40 a.m. and charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny. The two were apprehended in the basement of a building whose door had been forced open, police said. It housed the headquarters of candidate DiFruscia. The Watergate scandal was making headlines at this time, and it was called the Lowell Watergate.

"They wanted to sever my telephone lines," DiFruscia said recently. Had those lines been cut, Kerry’s opponent would not have been able to telephone supporters on Election Day to get out the vote and coordinate poll watchers, vital roles in a close election. "I do not know if they wanted to break into my office," says DiFruscia today. At the time he said, "All my IBM cards and the list of my voter identification in the greater Lowell area are in my headquarters."

Cameron and Vallely, along with David Thorne, who was Kerry’s campaign manager at the time and has been close to him since they attended Yale together, did not deny the two entered the building in which they were captured. They said at the time they were in the cellar of the building to check their own telephone lines because they had received an anonymous call warning they would be cut.

This reporter heard an allegation that another congressional candidate placed the alleged anonymous call, which was denied. But if the Kerry campaign was concerned about someone breaking and entering to cut off its telephone service, why didn’t they just call the police? Why break the law? And what does any of this say about Kerry’s mind-set? Kerry campaign officials did not answer important Lowellgate questions.

The case was transferred to superior court and continued without a finding, where it was dismissed about a year later. But since it happened at the last minute, and Kerry won the primary but went on to lose the general election, this ugly business did not receive intense media scrutiny. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were busy investigating another break-in.

Funny, you’d think the Boston Globe would mention it. They have written about it in the past:

Boston Globe Online | John Kerry: A Candidate in the Making

To win the primary, the newcomer overcame the election eve arrest of his brother, Cameron, and campaign field director Thomas J. Vallely, both then 22, in the basement of a Lowell building that housed the headquarters of Kerry and another Democratic contender, state Representative Anthony R. DiFruscia of Lawrence. It was almost 2 a.m. – 30 hours before the polls opened – when the two were arrested on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.

That day’s Sun blared a memorable, double-deck headline: "Kerry brother arrested in Lowell `Watergate."’ DiFruscia, getting some extra ink in the campaign’s waning hours, had drawn the parallel to the break-in at Democratic headquarters in Washington three months earlier.

The Kerry camp declared it a setup, saying that the two responded to an anonymous phone call, minutes earlier, threatening to cut the campaign’s 36 phone lines on the day before its get-out-the-vote effort. Lowell Police arrested the pair in an area near the trunk line for all of the building’s phones.

To this day Kerry becomes animated talking about the episode, convinced it was part of a conspiracy against his insurgency. He said he does not know who was involved. He dismissed as ridiculous the charge that DiFruscia was a target. "He didn’t figure in the race," said Kerry.

But some of Kerry’s claims in the Lowell break-in are wildly at odds with the facts.

"That headline was held open. That page was held open, according to [Sun] typesetters, at 1 o’clock in the morning," Kerry said. "That doesn’t happen at a newspaper, you know that. And that headline was out there on the streets the next morning, first thing."

The Sun, however, was an afternoon paper, and its first deadline was hours after the arrests, in plenty of time to write the story for that day’s editions. The Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence also reported the arrests that day, in a smaller story under the headline "Shades of Watergate?"

Kerry’s brother today declines to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the arrests and the charges, which were dropped a year later.

"It was an impulsive, rash thing that we did and that John Kerry ended up having to deal with," said Cam Kerry, now a partner at the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. "That’s all we’re going to say on that one."

Yeah, "impulsive."

If Cameron had been a Republican it would have been the crime of the century.

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