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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Massachusetts Gun Owners of America

2002 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MA State House Fifth Bristol Patricia Haddad Democratic 40%
MA State House Fourteenth Bristol Elizabeth Poirier Republican 60%
MA State House Eleventh Hampden Benjamin Swan, Sr. Democratic 53%
MA State House Second Plymouth Susan Gifford Republican 100%
MA State House Tenth Plymouth Christine Canavan Democratic 100%
MA State House Ninth Worcester George Peterson, Jr. Republican 73%
MA State House Seventeenth Worcester John Binienda, Sr. Democratic 100%
MA State Senate Second Hampden and Hampshire Don Humason, Jr. Republican 100%
MA State Senate Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex Stephen Brewer Democratic 100%
MA State Senate Worcester and Norfolk Richard Moore Democratic 73%
Christopher Asselin 87%
James Fagan 60%
John Fresolo 100%
Robert Hargraves 100%
Peter Larkin 53%
Marie Parente 45%
Susan Pope 100%
Joyce Spiliotis 60%
Jo Ann Sprague 93%
Philip Travis 93%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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