|"Matt played a central role in my first election for the
Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2004. The seat was held by a
14 year Republican incumbent. Matt delved into every aspect of the
incumbent's legislative record to prepare an effective campaign
strategy. When the incumbent decided to not run for re-election, Matt
provided intimate and detailed knowledge for developing issue positions
I ran on, his skill at getting me dozens of earned media opportunities
and his spot-on strategic guidance as a general consultant were
invaluable in that campaign and for my subsequent re-election victories.
Matt has an incredible grasp of rural policy and all things rural, and
as I represented the most rural district in the Legislature, I turned to
him many times for advice and counsel on how to better serve the needs
of small towns and rural communities."
Former state Representative Denis Guyer, 2nd Berkshire District
|"Matt assisted me on a variety of issues facing Wisconsin farmers and
rural residents, and has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the
challenges they face. Matt understands the important role of agriculture in
preserving rural communities and promoting rural economic development. He is
also able to make agricultural issues relevant to constituencies beyond the
farming community. He delves into issues with a thoroughness that allows him
to anticipate their full impact."
Former Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. , Wisconsin
|"As a former reporter, Matt knows how to write and pitch a story.
When the Commuter Tax Relief Coalition, a ballot question that I
chaired, that sought to remove the tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike,
needed coverage, we hired Matt. From arranging interviews on television
and radio to penning op-eds and letters to the editor and honchoing
editorial boards, Matt is a master of earned media. He is also an
incredible researcher. I've used MLB Research to build custom databases
for my lead generation company and have been very pleased with the
meticulous and comprehensive results."
Douglas Barth, President
|"Having worked in the trenches with Matt for more than a decade,
he is without question one of our party's top rural policy experts and
strategists. Whether it was his leadership at RuralVotes, or as a
charter member of the Obama Agriculture & Rural Policy Committee, or
advising countless candidates on rural issues and outreach, Matt has
always been there for rural America."
Denise W. King,
Former chair, Democratic National Committee Rural Council and New York Democratic Rural Conference
|"Several years ago, the state Department of Public Health had
proposed some new regulations for food manufacturers who use private
water supplies. These regs would have been very costly and onerous for
MSFA members with their own wells. Under Matt's leadership, we were able
to prevent DPH from implementing these rules which saved many of our
smaller producers thousands of dollars in compliance costs. Thanks to
Matt's years of experience in state government, his valuable connections
on Beacon Hill and his skillful lobbying strategies, our members were
able to dodge more government red tape."
Carol Coutrier, President
Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association