September 19, 2006

Positive Primary Results

Keri just announced on WSAR that Sam Sutter has won the primary for Bristol District Attorney. There is no Republican challenger, so that means Sam Sutter has replaced Walsh as Bristol DA. That’s great news! It was time for a change. And it’s gratifying to see that lots of money and incumbent politics didn’t keep the lesser candidate in office. Congrats to the voters for being well-informed and getting to the polls.

Also, Deval Patrick, a guy I’d actually like to see as governor, becomes the Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor. That’s wonderful. His running mate will be Tim Murray. My feelings on the Lt. Governor race were not as strong, but from what I hear, the Democrats project Patrick/Murray is a strong ticket against Healey or Mihos or Ross. I have a really good feeling about the general election for governor.

Good outcomes in elections is an unfamiliar feeling lately. Wow.

Posted by James at September 19, 2006 10:47 PM
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Good outcomes in elections is an unfamiliar feeling lately. Wow.

Plus, you're a Red Sox fan, so.....

Posted by: DG at September 20, 2006 9:10 AM

Yeah. In Massachusetts, when the Red Sox are doing poorly, there's always politics to fall back on.

Posted by: James at September 20, 2006 9:24 AM

Patrick won and Paul Walsh is gonna be gone. My god. It's like Christmas morning. This hasn't happened to me in years.

There was a guy at the intersection of Rt. 6 and Purchase St. this morning with Sutter and Patrick signs. For a moment, I wondered if he was just confused. Then I realized he was a one-man victory parade. :-)

I don't even remember which Lt. Governor I voted for. I was unprepared for that - since this was my first MA guber primary ever, I had no idea they were on a separate ticket. I chose the person whose zip code I found least offensive, whichever that was (I don't remember that either).

Posted by: Julie at September 20, 2006 9:35 AM

Sutter himself was on the corner of Rte 6 and Faunce Corner Road (near the Mobil station) on Monday night. I was stopped at the light so I couldn't get out and say "hi, good luck."

It figures that the one time I want to be waiting at that lousy intersection, I'm not. What are the chances?

Instead, I just waved and gave the "thumbs up."

Posted by: James at September 20, 2006 9:44 AM

I heard Kerry Healy on TV last night. She didn't waste any time slamming Patrick. She may have overdone it with the venom and bile - I thought it made her sound a little desperate.

Posted by: Julie at September 20, 2006 10:32 AM

Julie, it is like Christmas morning!

Patrick took 50% of the vote. Astounding. Wonderful. I could not be more pleased!

Kerry who? Oh, right. The Ghost in the Wilderness. Talk about a do-nothing person. Go away, you waste of space. Shoo!

Posted by: Patti M. at September 20, 2006 11:58 AM

I heard a part of a speech from Healey where she was like "We didn't take a vacation until I was 10" I was like "what a turnoff" I don't care what a candidate's childhood was I care about what the candidates stand for and what you are going to do as govenor. That was as big a turn off as Riley's attacks on Patrick and Gabrieli in the first debate. Not that I was going to vote for healey anyway but that statement sealed the deal...

Posted by: Hooligan at September 20, 2006 12:10 PM

Did she seriously say that?? We didn't go on vacation until I was 10 either - and that was a 3-day weekend in NH. I had no idea that meant I had a tough childhood. Cool.

Posted by: Julie at September 20, 2006 1:18 PM

Maybe she didn't get to go on vacation with her family because she was a puke of a kid.

There, I've said it. Yes, it was mean, but she brought it on.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 20, 2006 2:31 PM

Go Patti!

I did hear her say that... And if she was a Puke of a kid... I don't envision that she's changed much seeing that she is using that as part of her speech... "Feel sorry for my roots but don't look closely over here at these buckets of money we now have"

Posted by: Hooligan at September 20, 2006 2:44 PM

I think Patrick/Murray is a great ticket. All three Lt. Gov. candidates were good -- and as much as I liked Andrea Silbert and Deb Goldberg, I think that there are enough closet bigots who might say, "A black AND a Jewish woman? Now that's going too far!" But they might accept a black with an Irish Catholic guy. And I think Healy is hurting herself with the negative ads.

Posted by: Karen at September 20, 2006 3:54 PM

Karen, your are right, sadly. While the populace may have gotten their heads around a woman Lt. Gov. (Kerry Healey was the 3rd, Jane Swift was the 2nd, and let's not forget the first, Mike Dukakis's Lt. Governor, Evelyn Murphy), it would be too much to bear for many of our fellow residents to have a ticket comprised of a black man and a woman, whether a Jew or a gentile.

How sad--and boring--that there are still some intelectual troglodytes around who think this way.

I, too, liked Silbert--I voted for her--but Murray has all the creds I would want in a candidate. See this section of an editorial in yesterday's Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2006/09/19/19evoteart/

"For lieutenant governor, we find Worcester Mayor Timothy P. Murray the strongest choice. Being mayor of the state's second-largest city gives Murray an obvious edge in representing the interests of the beleaguered cities and towns on Beacon Hill. But Murray also has a record of progressive leadership on smart-growth initiatives, education, and housing. He has traditional liberal positions on social issues from abortion rights to gay marriage [emphasis added], and he combines these with pragmatic experience in the nuts and bolts of governing."

Posted by: Patti M. at September 20, 2006 4:09 PM

*sigh* I miss living in a liberal area. Even though I'm in the granola state, I'm in election stealing Republican country. I hope MA gets it together and back on track this year.

Posted by: briwei at September 20, 2006 4:48 PM

Liberal area misses you, too.

Posted by: James at September 20, 2006 5:23 PM

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