Heading into Thursday morning’s recount in Southbridge of the 6th Worcester District state representative’s race, a little spice was thrown into the mix when failed Republican state Senate candidate Kim Roy of Sutton, according to multiple sources, sent out an e-mail in which she pointed out that Town Clerk Maddie Daoust is related to Democratic state Rep. Geraldo Alicea.
Daoust and others confirmed the e-mail, which Daoust said was posted on a local blog, in which Roy reportedly said, amongother things, “I’m sure [Daoust] is under a lot of pressure from the Democratic machine.”
“It was very disheartening,” said Daoust, who was upset before the Nov. 2 election when Alicea’s challenger, Republican Peter Durant of Spencer, aired concerns over potential voting irregularities in Southbridge. He has since sought to clarify his remarks, saying they were geared toward his concern that the state does not require voters to show ID’s at the polls.
“All I’m here to do,” said Daoust, “is my job. I truly believe this was uncalled for.
“I wouldn’t even know the first thing about how to fix an election. It’s disconcerting that people can just throw this stuff out there. I don’t count votes, the machine does.”
Roy, who lost but put in a good showing against longtime state Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, on Election Day, was not reached for comment on Wednesday.
Alicea, who was at a recount in Charlton along with Durant, shrugged off the remarks as “[Roy] just trying to make something out of nothing.”
Nonetheless, he added, the comments were “clearly out of hand, but I’m not surprised.”
Given the chance to denounce the remarks, Durant did not, but said, “It might have been a little overzealous. I think it’s probably a valid question, but I don’t believe it’s an issue.
“Look, these are small towns and people are related to other people. You’re going to have that.”
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