Lastly, Lyndi Lanphear identified herself as vehemently anti-preservation, cloaked herself with “open waterfront” as a diversion, and was ignored by an overwhelming majority of voters as a direct result. Again, “avowed conservative candidates lost” and tea party and John Birch Society stances coupled with the overriding unpopularity of her anti-preservation platform crippled her.
To quote again, “The sum total of the Newburyport elections demonstrated that there is no voter wrath, no widespread dissatisfaction with local government. Almost all the incumbents were returned, almost all of the avowed conservative candidates lost, and the open waterfront wasn’t the decisive issue.”
Walter Clay lives in Newburyport.