Progressives Back Serre
The Eagle reports that MA progressives are backing Serre
. In a race of three progressives, you have to wonder why. The reason is because these groups are made up of activists, who have a long standing tradition of picking a candidate and working for them--usually very early in the race.
She has staked positions that are closely aligned with progressives: She is in favor of single-payer health care, opposed to charter schools and supports gay marriage, to cite a few.
But her competitors for the Democratic nomination -- Christopher Speranzo and Pam Malumphy -- both have similar stances on the issues. Lori Bonatakis, a self-described committed political activist with Western Mass for Progressive Change, said the group chose Serre based on her experience, which it expects will translate into accomplishment on Beacon Hill.
"She is an ideal progressive candidate because she has those values and has the experience and the knowledge to support those values," Bonatakis said. She estimated that the group has between 5,000 and 6,000 members in Western Massachusetts, but did not have membership numbers for those who will be eligible to vote in this election. The 3rd Berkshire District consists of 12 of Pittsfield's 14 districts.
Vickery, who won the Governor's Council seat with more than 60 percent of the vote, has personally endorsed Serre. He credited Western Mass for Progressive Change and the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts with helping get voters to pay attention in November to the oft-ignored race for the panel that approves state judges; he thinks its influence could be equally strong in this special election
"It's not about e-mail," he said of the group. "It's about personal contacts. People say all politics is local; I think all politics is personal. What they have done is take their e-mail correspondence and built personal relationships out of it, so they don't just know each other as e-mail addresses, they know each other as individuals."