Lt. Gov. candidate Andrea Silbert has apparently decided to spend some of her bountiful cash-on-hand by hiring two fairly big-name Democratic operatives: media consultant Tad Devine and campaign manager Steve Gerencser. From the press release:
Tad Devine is a nationally renowned Democratic consultant and media producer with a long track record of successful campaigns in Massachusetts and throughout the country. His clients in Massachusetts have included Senator Ted Kennedy (1994) and Senator John Kerry (1996). He has also worked for Governor Michael Dukakisâs campaign for President in 1988, for Joe Kennedyâs re-election to Congress in 1996 and for Bob Reichâs campaign for Governor in 2002.
Most recently, Tad served as a senior advisor and media consultant to John Kerryâs campaign for President, both in the primaries and in the General Election.
This is some pretty fancy talent for a Lieutenant Governor’s race. Cool. What would be really fun is if Reilly goes through with asking Chris Gabrieli to join the race as his running mate, and then we have a battle royal among the “anointed” Gabrieli and the rest of the candidates, who will all presumably continue to run as freelancers. Frankly, I think Gabrieli carries a lot of baggage from 2002, and his wealth notwithstanding, he strikes me as beatable. This is shaping up to be a terrific race.