The rumors noted most recently by our own melbourne have now been confirmed by Reilly campaign insiders whispering to the Globe: Tom Reilly is in serious talks with Chris Gabrieli about running as a Governor – Lieutenant Governor ticket, with an announcement possible in the next few days. Though the anonymous sources cautioned that there is no deal yet, it seems highly unlikely that they’d be talking to the Globe if a deal wasn’t close to a sure thing.
This strikes me as a regrettable development, Gabrieli’s limitless personal fortune notwithstanding. As several commenters on melbourne’s post noted (as well as on this post from over a month ago when this rumor first surfaced), Gabrieli did not exactly light up the joint when he ran as Shannon O’Brien’s Lt. Gov. candidate, and he has the unshakeable aura of “loser” attached to him because of the catastrophic O’Brien campaign. Plus, again as many others have already noted, he’s another middle-aged white guy – and one with no experience in public office, at that. Maybe someone can explain to me why (aside from the money) Gabrieli is such a superior candidate to Deb Goldberg, Andrea Silbert, Tim Murray, and Sam Kelley – personally, I don’t see it.
Oh, and Mariposa is pissed!
UPDATE: Andrea Silbert apparently thinks this is a done deal – she’s put out a press release “welcom[ing] Chris Gabrieli to the race for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts” (adding “Remember … the voters decide in the end”). I haven’t found official confirmation yet – will update again if I find it.
FURTHER UPDATE: Adam Reilly has gotten his hands on a statement by Tom Reilly. It suggests that Silbert may have jumped the gun – Gabrieli isn’t in yet, nor has Reilly committed to running as a ticket with anyone:
There are several talented Democrats considering a campaign for Lieutenant Governor, including those who have already announced their intention to run. As I’ve said before, I want a strong partner in the Corner Office. Picking a running mate is one way, but not the only way, to achieve that. I’ll make an announcement in the coming days after I’ve made a final decision.
So there’s no final word yet. Stay tuned.