BROCKTON – He’s coming back to his hometown of Brockton to run against state Rep Michelle DuBois.
Robert Taylor, 62, told The Enterprise that he will be running as an independent candidate in the 2018 election against the Democratic lawmaker who created controversy last week by posting an online warning about a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in the city. Taylor, who now lives in Abington and has not lived in Brockton for at least 10 years, claimed that he was already intending to run for the 10th Plymouth seat, before DuBois was the target of a national firestorm of criticism over the ICE raid rumor.
“What really bothers me most that she has disrespected by profession, and put people in harm’s way,” said Taylor, who is now retired but held several law enforcement positions throughout his career. “People are not happy with her. I’ve already spoken to constituents in West Bridgewater and Brockton, and a few other people behind the scenes who will not speak up about her because they have to work with her at the legislative level.”
Taylor said he was a MassPort officer for 10 years, and previously held positions including federal transit police officer, municipal policeman in Hull, and deputy sheriff in Middlesex as well as Plymouth counties. Taylor said he was the past president of Police Square and Compass, a subgroup of the Freemasons fraternal order that supports law enforcement.
“I’ve also worked with immigration with ICE,” Taylor said. “ICE is not the problem. It never has been. They do a job they are sworn to do. It’s the Legislature, it’s the Congress, and the President.”
Asked for comment about Taylor’s announcement, DuBois said it’s “far too early” to campaign for re-election.
“Each day, I am working hard on constituent services for people living in my district, which is my constant focus,” said DuBois, in a statement to The Enterprise. “Thankfully, we live in a democracy and within the regulations for running anyone is welcome to run for this or any other office. So we will see what happens.”
DuBois, a former Brockton city councilor, was first elected as state representative in 2014, when she defeated West Bridgewater Republican John Cruz. She ran uncontested for re-election last year. Her 10th Plymouth District includes Brockton, West Bridgewater and a precinct in East Bridgewater.
Taylor said he is motivated to run because he believes his hometown Brockton is in a sad state of affairs.
“It’s not the City of Champions,” Taylor said. “It hasn’t been for a long time. … I’m coming back to the city because I have a mission in life. I’m going to do one more thing in my life. I’m coming back and I’m going to try to make the quality of life better.”
Taylor said that he has previously supported Democrats and Republicans alike, including Gov. Charlie Baker.
“I’m going to work with state Sen. Mike Brady and the two other reps,” he said.
Taylor also criticized DuBois – and the other state lawmakers representing Brockton – for giving themselves “a big raise.” DuBois, Brady, state Rep. Gerry Cassidy and state Rep. Claire Cronin, all Democrats, voted in favor of an $18 million annual state budget increase to provide bigger stipends and larger salaries for state officials. However, except for legislators with leadership positions, the base pay for most lawmakers remained at $62,547. The vote did increase stipends for office expenses by $7,800 for the Brockton legislators and others.
Taylor pledged that he would give his salary away to needy organizations in the Brockton area.
“I’m giving my money back to the community,” he said.
Taylor said it’s time for change in the 10th Plymouth District.
“We need a fresh pair of eyes,” Taylor said. “We need a different perspective, and a different point of view.”