By Ray Hershel
(HOLYOKE, Mass.) (WGGB)– Next Year’s Massachusetts Primary Election is a long way off but already it’s stirring up political controversy.
The Massachusetts Primary Election for next year is slated for Thursday September 6, 2012.
Originally the primary was going to be held on Tuesday September 18th.
But that date conflicted with the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah.
Everyone seemed to be fine with the new date but then they found another conflict on the calendar, not for religious purposes but for a political event.
It turns out that Thursday September 6th, the new date for the Massachusetts Primary, is the last day of the Democratic National Convention when Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech .
As a result, hundreds of Baystate delegates would potentially be forced to choose between the convention and elections back home.
As of now nothing’s been done to change the date of the previously changed primary according to Holyoke State Representative Michael Kane,” There’s always the possibility the legislature could reconvene in January in making a new date, at this time my understanding is that the date is set in stone,” says Kane.
But some Democrats like Governor Patrick would like to see the date changed again so the primary election doesn’t conflict with the Democratic National Convention ,” We don’t want to step on the Democratic national Convention which is a pretty important day for Democrats, so I think accommodation can be made,” says Patrick.
But others like Westfield State Senator Michael Knapik do not favor changing the primary date again,” I can’t see why we would support that…I think we’d set a horrible precedent, for religious purposes you can make a good case to change it which is what we did but from the point of pure political reasons I don’t think it’s the right thing to do in Massachusetts,” says senator Knapik.
The primary date change was recommended by Secretary of State William Galvin and approved by the legislature.