Political knowledge quiz

In another post I suggested that when you are reading a political story and reach the words “A spokesman for (politician X) said” you may safely ignore whatever follows. That may seem out of character with my generally sunny regard for politicians and the folks who work so hard on their behalf (I really do like them). So in order to highlight the fine work done by spokespersons, I offer the following quiz. All you need to do is match the political event with the political statement, all taken from the Boston Globe. One of the statements was given not by a spokesperson but by the politician him or herself, so we commend that individual. Here we go, events first then statements:

  1. Following the 2008 presidential campaign, an aide to presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Romney’s son raised over $200 million from Romney’s campaign contributors to start their own private equity investment firm, even though the economy was in the doldrums and neither principle had much experience in the field.
  2. During the 2010 campaign Steve Grossman, the party’s candidate for treasurer, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the state Democratic Party which then turned around and put $728,000 into the effort to elect Grossman. Among the contributors were representatives of the liquor industry and Lottery contractors, both regulated by the office of the treasurer.
  3. Following his election Treasurer Grossman had a fundraiser which raised $45,000 from the liquor industry.
  4. The owner of Suffolk Downs, who wishes to be granted one of the licenses to open a gambling casino, contributed $16,000 to charities associated with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and state Senator Anthony Petruccelli.

 a.   “No one should have any illusion that they would get special treatment from Treasurer Grossman or his office because of any campaign contributions.”

b.   “This is companies being good neighbors. Obviously, no matter how much money they donate, it’s the merits of their projects and the merits of their proposals that would allow them to move forward.’’

c.   “Our investors come from a variety of political persuasions, and there is absolutely no connection between the personal decisions they may make to support certain candidates and the premier funds and companies that were carefully selected for our portfolio.”

d.   “Nobody should have any illusion that they would get special treatment from Steve Grossman for contributions to my campaign or the Democratic Party.”

This is the place where I’m supposed to provide the answers in agate type, but I’d rather have our dear readers try this without peeking. So you can post your answers in the comments section and we’ll offer fulsome praise of those who get all the matchups correct, in a statement to be released by a spokesperson for MassPoliticsProfs.com.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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2 Responses to Political knowledge quiz

  1. Stephen Doody says:

    1. c
    2. d
    3. a
    4. b

    Did Albert “Dapper” O’Neill ever have a spokesperson?

  2. Maurice T. Cunningham says:

    We have a winner. Congratulations.

    I don’t think Dapper had a spokesman. He did carry a gun though, and that may have discouraged cheeky questions from the press.

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