MA Special Elections
Fred Clarkson has a great Special Election update
. Latest news is that Speranzo got the endorsement of the Berkshire Central Labor Council which cited electability
and his perfect score
on their questionaire. I think it's an odd choice, no doubt the mayor's backing was influential here. Since Rhonda Serre is reported to have agreed on all but one question (they don't say which), I think she should have been chosen based on this quote
Since former state Rep. Peter J. Larkin stepped down in January, Pittsfield has been unrepresented in the House. Serre told the crowd that her early experience as a legislative aide on Beacon Hill and more recently as a member of Olver's staff would allow her to walk into the Statehouse prepared to work for Pittsfield.
"We need someone who is going to walk into Boston on April 13 and not have a learning curve."
What was that one question worth compared to the ability to actually make progress on the other 49? On the other hand, I can see why they value him
Heading into last night's meeting at the IUE-CWA union hall on Tyler Street, Speranzo was perceived as the sentimental favorite of the 23 unions that belong to the council. His grandfather, the late Nicholas Speranzo, was a labor leader in the city, serving as president of IUE Locals 254 and 255 at General Electric Co., where he worked from 1947 until 1972. In 1982, he was named the Berkshire Central Labor Council's labor person of the year.
There is something to be said for the sentimental favorite and the clearly great work of his grandfather -- I know it would influence me if I worked with him.