(See update below. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Update 2: I asked the Eagle Tribune to clarify if Senator Tarr was asked a question about an endorsement or if he volunteered that he was not endorsing. Paul Tennant, the reporter with the Tribune stated that he asked Tarr if his presence at the fundraiser should be considered an endorsement.
Update: Senator Tarr emailed the following to RMG. I've changed the title:
I'm disturbed by the posting about Karin Photon. The genesis of the story was that I was actually attending an event on her behalf. MOREOVER, I have not refused to endorse Karin, and I am not sure where that headline came from. It was not in the article, and it is not accurate. I have neither made or declined an endorsement, and continue to discuss it with the candidate.
On Thursday, Charlie Baker hosted a fundraiser for Karin Rhoton. Karin is a North Andover Republican running for the seat held by David Torrisi. Torrisi faces a primary challenge by Diana DiZoglio, the former republican aide caught up in the Mark Cusack rostrum scandal.
The event was well attended, including the Minority Leader of the State Senate, Bruce Tarr. Who according to multiple eyewitness accounts stayed for a total of less than ten minutes. The short time at the event did not stop Senator Tarr from talking to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune however.
State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, said his presence at a fundraiser for state representative candidate Karin Rhoton on Thursday night should not be interpreted as an endorsement.
Tarr continued to the Tribune
Tarr, whose 1st Essex Middlesex District includes four of North Andover's eight precincts, said he wanted to "hear what Karin had to say." As minority leader of the state Senate, Tarr said he certainly wants to encourage Republicans to run for the Legislature, where GOP ranks are sparse.
At the same time, however, Torrisi is a colleague, he pointed out. They have worked together on a number of issues, including Melissa's Law. Tarr said he has had a very good working relationship with both Torrisi and former Sen. Steven Baddour, D-Methuen, who recently resigned from the Senate.
The Minority Leader of one of the houses of the Great and General Court, certainly encourages Republicans to run, but won't support them when they do. That's where you come in. Please take the time TODAY to donate whatever you can to Karin Rhoton, a strong conservative voice for the legislature. You can donate to Karin Rhoton by clicking here. Or by using the form embedded after the jump.