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Deval Patrick Attacks Romney


Deval Patrick rightly smacks Romney around a little. Here:
"I wish the governor would focus on the needs and the interests of Massachusetts and not those of the right wing of the national Republican Party," Patrick said.

The statement marks the first time Patrick has formally chimed in on a political issue since mulling a gubernatorial run.

And by opening a downtown campaign office, fund-raising, and touring the state, Democrats said, the Milton lawyer seems serious about throwing his hat in the race.

Patrick, a Chicago native who calls himself a "pro-growth progressive" Democrat, said he will formally announce his decision next month.
 

Luntz's Strategy Document


It's 160 pages, but you absolutely must download and read this if you plan on fighting Republicans in the next two years.
 

Pittsfield Special Election Debate Tuesday


The Pittsfield special election debates are Tuesday.
 

Governor Elsewhere


Lots of MA blogs are commenting on Romney's recent South Carolina visit (.08 Acres, Blue Mass, PolStateMA, The Fray). .08 Acres points out how Romney is finding out how being pro-bigot doesn't actually help you with the bigots.
Interestingly enough the local press focused as much on his religion as it did his views:
Concerns also were raised about his association with the Mormon church.

"Good luck," said Clemson’s Woodard, a Republican and an evangelical. "I don’t think that will play well at all."

Furman University analyst Don Aiesi, a Democrat, said, "This puts conservative Christians in the South in a real bind."
So, Southern Republicans may be against Romney because, even though he is a Christian, he is the wrong kind of Christian. How can anyone say the GOP has a 'big tent' with a straight face?
It's like some kind of bigoted O. Henry story. And Blue Mass puts the final word on Romney's two-facedness.
From this, a few things are clear:
  1. Mitt doesn't like gay folks.
  2. The rest of the Republican governors don't like gay folks, either.
  3. MA folks, on the balance, don't mind gay folks so much.
  4. Therefore, the governor panders and slobbers for the folks who don't actually live in his state, and don't vote for him.
And, as it turns out -- wouldn't vote for him if they could.
 

Hadley Selectboard


It's going to be an interesting election for Selectboard in Hadley. It started with an open seat because Katharine Nugent was not seeking election -- WHMP reported this morning that she was back in as a sticker campaign.

The three other candidates are local business owner, Ellen Zion, former Hadley selectman, John S. Mieczkowski Sr. (who was ousted from the selectboard in a recall in 2002), and former Amherst selectman, Hill Boss, who was supposedly the first incumbent in 25 years to be defeated in Amherst.

I have to believe Ellen Zion is the front-runner here. She owns the Northern Lights "coffee shack" on route 9, is active in Hadley town meeting and politics, and is a vocal advocate for local area businesses (she's the reason why I checked out the ice cream at Flayvors -- yum), and has not been thrown out of elective office, not vacillating about whether she is in the race, and not setting records for futility with area voters.
 

WHEN's Successes and Problems


WHEN is a great model for any aspiring political group and this article highlights some of the issues they face in growing. Of particular interest to me is:
Despite steering committee members' belief that WHEN should endorse a candidate in this race to fill the Statehouse seat vacated by Peter J. Larkin, the membership recently voted down the move, by a margin of 33 to 26.

Steering committee members call that move the organization's biggest disappointment thus far.

"That seat affects the city profoundly," Stokes said.

The issue for some WHEN members was who to endorse in the primary, with two women seeking the nomination -- Councilor-At-Large Pam Malumphy, who was endorsed by WHEN in her race for City Council in 2003, and Rhonda Serre, U.S. Rep. John W. Olver's economic development specialist, who is personally backed by O'Brien.

"It's politics. It is hard to make choices," Stokes said.

O'Brien, who stepped down from the steering committee while the decision was being made, said it is unlikely that WHEN will now endorse a candidate in the general election.

"It left WHEN adrift. We missed our chance," O'Brien said. "The election is going to happen and we're not there."
I very much wish WHEN had decided to endorse, but not being a member, it's easy for me to say that. This election had the potential to split WHEN and no one election is really worth that. It does cast the organization as a city-focussed one. The article also states that other MA communities are looking to form their own WHEN-like groups:
Since that time, WHEN members have spoken to several groups interested in forming a similar organization in other parts of the state, including a group called WIN in Westfield and another in Northampton. WHEN leaders have spoken to the League of Women Voters in Williamstown, presented forums at Berkshire Community College and met with politically-active students.
Overall, a very interesting article about what it takes to start and maintain a politically active organization, and worth a look.