Today we read that the GOP is begging Christy Mihos to run for Governor as a Republican rather than as an independent, and is promising him the 15% of delegates he’ll need at the party convention to get on the primary ballot.
Wow. They are clearly terrified. Which makes sense – there would be nothing worse for Republicans than Kerry Healey cruising to the nomination uncontested (and therefore not on the public’s radar screen), only to face a barrage of negative ads from the fabulously wealthy Mihos in the general election. The GOP must be calculating that Mihos is likely to drain more Republican votes from Healey than Democratic votes from Reilly or Patrick, thereby handing the Governor’s office to whichever Democrat wins the nomination. And that seems about right to me. They’re also betting that in a Republican primary – limited to voters who choose to self-identify as Republican – party loyalty will help Healey to victory, since she’ll undoubtedly have all of the party establishment behind her.
Won’t it be interesting to see what Christy decides to do?