Why did he bail – and why now? Who knows? Galvin is an odd bird, the ultimate insider trying to play the populist card, periodically grabbing headlines by taking on HMOs, the P&G/Gillette merger, and other big economic targets. He’s been known as the “Prince of Darkness” on Beacon Hill for years, though no one seems to be exactly sure why (one theory is that it was his alleged habit of dropping dimes to Howie Carr when he had a particularly juicy tidbit to pass along). He’s been hinting at a Gov run for almost as long, but has never quite managed to pull the trigger. Plus ca change ….
This will, of course, make life much, much more difficult for Secretary of State candidate John Bonifaz, who now will be facing an incumbent, formidable, well-known, and well-financed primary opponent. Let’s hope he can make it interesting, though count me among the skeptical – my guess is that with Galvin staying put, this race fades way into the background as the much more hotly-contested races for Governor and Lt. Governor heat up.