Mike Festa Endorses Deval Patrick, it’s on Deval’s website now.
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Here is the link.
Just to add some content to this one-line post, Mike Festa is a Democratic state rep from Melrose and Wakefield and the story on the Patrick website is here in PDF form. Actually that's a screen-shot of the first page of a two-page article in the Wakefield Observer, here is the entire article. Which tells you that there's no content on the second page.
By my count Festa is the 25th state rep listed on Patrick's endorsement page, along with two senators (Augustus and Tucker, each of which I know from nothing).
Meanwhile, Gabrieli is supposed to be making an announcement today?
He was formerly US Congressman McGovern's Chief of Staff, and is currently representing Worcester with State Senator Hariett Chandler.
He is very progressive and continues to speak out infavor of Gay Marriage in MA, along with several other important pieces of legislation on Beacon Hill.
He endorsed Patrick in the beginning of 2006.
From the list of endorsements on his website, it appears as though he actually has three senators, Brian Joyce from Milton being the third.
My bad, it's Augustus, Joyce, and Tucker, and I'm glad to learn more about Augustus. As to Mr. Galway's question, we had dueling press releases about mayoral endorsements last week, so the campaigns seem to consider it a non-trivial measure of general support. Also, some of these folks have political organizations that could influence the primary and they all vote in the convention. The WMass reps supporting Patrick appear to correlate with his support in the local caucuses and among other activists in these parts. I'm still one of the rare drivers even in Amherst with a Patrick bumper sticker, though.
If you (Mr. Galway) have any real news about the race I'd love to hear it -- in the meantime I'm interested enough to look at what amounts to gossip.
Ed Augustus is a new Senator from Worcester, considered progressive. I don't know a lot about him but I've met him on two occasions. One was when I went to testify about redistricting reform at a public hearing last year held by the Joint Committee on Election Laws, which he chairs. After the hearing ended, we talked for a bit about what effect applying nonpartisan redistricting to MA's Congressional districts would have (something that I advocated for). The other time was when Worcester DFA has a special meeting about the Patriot Act and civil liberties, also last year. Senator Augustus was one of the speakers and he was very good.
is, In addition to being the senator from the Worc 2nd, and being Chair of election laws he is vice chair of the education committee; and serves on ways and means and federal affairs; and being the former chief of staff of Rep Jim McGovern and his top policy advisor he was also the chief of staff to the assistant secretary of the department of education in the Clinton Adminstration( I may be a bit off on the actual title). I do believe he was responsible for the DOE presence in New England. He is in the seat formerly held by WC Sheriff Guy Glodis.
Does anyone know how many state reps and state senators have endorsed Reilly, or Gabrieli for that matter? I couldn't find a list on Reilly's campaign site.
Many of my favorite state reps are on Patrick's list -- my own (Story), our friendly WMass neighbors (Scibak, Kulik, Guyer), and Teahan, who unless I'm mistaken made one of the best speeches in the 2004 gay marriage debate.
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