Let’s face it: either Silbert or Murray would complement either Gov. candidate. Murray would be good because he’s more seasoned politically and has a decent record, Silbert is good because of her experience in job creation, her story and, frankly, her gender. (My gut, though, tells me a Reilly/Murray ticket wouldn’t be so hot, but that’s another story…)
The question is: what will voters be looking for? Is being an advocate for cities and towns what people want? Is having a record of innovation and job creation what people want? When we talk about wanting to invest in transportation, does arguing that you’ll be an advocate in DC on behalf of MA for that trump arguing that you’ll advocate for Worcester and New Bedford for commuter rail? (On that issue, the truth is that it WILL take federal $$ to do those things, but you also have to be a local advocate.) I think Murray and Silbert will differentiate themselves on the trail. Murray will play to voters’ everyday lives with meat-and-potato(e) issues like $$ for schools, cops and firefighters; Silbert will play to voters’ everyday concerns about jobs, health care and education. BOTH are core to our democratic values, BOTH need to be a part of our general election message, and BOTH are legitimate.
I don’t know if field orgs will play a role here. Although I’ve said in the past that a large difference in $$ will win the day, that will only happen if there’s a large difference in the $$. Field will play into the convention, but that’s such an inside-baseball thing that no one outside of us crazies pays attention to.
I also don’t think the gender vote will be split between Goldberg and Silbert – voters were able to differentiate between two Cahills in 2002 for chrissakes!
So, there’s my take on this interesting race that I’ve been trying to follow. Most of my info has come from this and other blogs, which is a bit sad, I suppose… But hopefully places like WBUR, Greater Boston, and other local cable and news outlets will pick up the reporting slack. Even the new WRKO may be interested, since they seem to be renewing a local focus!
Thanks for listening…