Kerry Healey has chosen ex-Rep. and ex-head of the State Police Reed Hillman as her running mate. As soon as Hillman’s name appeared out of nowhere, I figured he was the odds-on favorite. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance this morning to put up a post to that effect, so you’ll have to take my word for it – I really did think he’d be the choice!
Hillman strikes me as a good pick for Healey – much better than Scott Brown, and I would have been amazed if Mike Sullivan was really interested in giving up being US Attorney to take a somewhat long shot at being the second banana in the State House. Healey obviously needs to distinguish herself from the Democratic candidates on some issues, and it’s not going to be on the hot-button social issues (she’s pretty much in agreement with the Democrats on them, though there are differences on gay marriage). Law and order seems like a good place to stake your claim in this year when Boston is seeing increased numbers of homicides. With Healey’s own background in criminology and Hillman’s record of running the State Police, they’re quite the law-and-order ticket, and we can expect to hear a lot on that topic in the coming months.