In between completing campaigning on Obama For American’s campaign and beginning campaigning on Linda Dorcena Forry’s campaign, I had decided to do research on my family history. I had known several members of my family to be conservative and unsupportive of my homosexual ‘lifestyle,’ but I still wanted to know what lay deep in my family roots. I’m sure I knew some of the story, but I wanted to know all of the story.
My findings regarding my grandfather, Albert Bates, were some of the hardest things I have had to learn to accept. He believed in the exact opposite as I did on several issues.
Was he involved with this from February 1965?
Apparently, he loved to counter picket worker’s rights rallies as shown here in 1974.
This is a clipping from the Boston Globe showing where he stands on the issues during his run for Lieutenant Governor in 1970. The “present office holder and his staff” is referring to then-Governor, Francis Sargent, who was running for re-election at the time. His democratic challengers were Boston Mayor Kevin White and State Representative of 8 years, Michael Dukakis.
The word “progressive” was also being thrown around quite liberally in 1970 as well. Even my grandfather used the term to describe the Massachusetts Prohibitionist Party “program.”
According to this, that Democrat and Republican appeared on the ballot as teams, while the minor parties (Prohibitionist and Socialist Labor), appeared separate:
This is all in the history books. It’s already established that Governor Sargent won re-election in 1970, and wouldn’t be defeated by Michael Dukakis until 1974, who would serve as the state’s longest serving governor for three terms.
This is the first documentation I have of him testifying on legislation, and for this session, it was a success for my grandfather. During 1944, after a licensing scandal, Beano (or known as Bingo today) was banned in Massachusetts. By 1969, the Massachusetts House would vote to pass Beano, but the Senate would kill the bill before it was vetoed by Governor John A. Volpe. By 1971, after my grandfather had lost to Sargent-Dwight, Governor Sargent would sign a “Beano Bill” into law on July 1st, 1971.
The state had legalized raffles in 1969, but Gov. Francis Sargent kept pushing back against the Legislature’s plans to legalize bingo, then referred to by the older name of beano. Sargent vetoed an earlier version before finally signing the “Beano Bill” on July 1, 1971.
“I believe this year’s bill, in its present form, provides at least the minimum safeguards necessary to have a proper operation of beano games,” Sargent said in a press release.
He was also present at a hearing at the Massachusetts State House to challenge President Richard Nixon on his undeclared war on Vietnam at the Gardner Auditorium. This was bill was filed by Representative H. James Shea Jr. (D-Newton) who described this issue as “transcends the peace movement.”
It’s important to note that Lawrence Velvel is quoted as being at this hearing.
Lawrence Velvel, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Kansas, told the committee members that they have a chance to help settle “the most profound, the most far reaching constitutional issues of our time.”
Although I don’t approve of my grandfather’s politics, it is nice to know that I am not the only member of my family to get heavily involved with such an important topic.