Arrived at the convention about an hour ago. Lynne (Left in Lowell) and Andy (Mass Revolution Now!) are here in the press room, having come from a semi-off-the-record meeting with Deval Patrick, which I didn’t know about … obviously I need better sources. Wifi access is absolutely, embarrassingly extortionate: $50/day. That’s nuts. We’re in the press room with a couple of TVs on, but none of the pros in the room are paying attention.
Early thoughts on watching TV with the sound down:
*Andy and I agree: Bill Galvin is a dead ringer for William H. Macy.
*We also agree that John Bonifaz is a dead ringer for Sam Kelley.
We’ll have more after the flip…
Deb Goldberg speaking: time to get Massachusetts moving again! Yay!
*Health care: insurance co. price gouging.
*Pay teachers what they deserve. (What do they deserve?)
*Cities and towns have been ignored.
*Her family grew supermarket chain, “that opportunity doesn’t exist for young people”. Well, that’s true enough.
Enthusiastic delivery, but not really a memorable turn of phrase in the whole thing. I don’t think she closed the sale.
Andrea Silbert: starts with a slick campaign film, family, soft-focus, but she’s intense.
*Went to Brazil to help women
*helped 10,000 women start businesses
*Zipcar founder went through Andrea’s program(!)
*More testimonials from women who did Andrea’s program … it’s impressive.
*SUPERFICIALITY WARNING: Andrea could smile more with her eyes when she talks. (I can relate.)
*She does have cute kids.
*Overall, it’s a very good spot.
*Speech begins, a bit loud, and in Spanish.
*Again, she seems a little aggressive up there, and is speaking too fast. Sounds like she’s mad.
*Three things to do: 1. job creation, from ground up. Better record than Romney/Healey. Cities and towns: will bring money. “I’ve got skin in the game.” — that phrase has *got* to go. Bad news. 2. Bring back $ from Washington for rail — with a Dean whoop. NOT Good.
*Laundry list of social issues, pro-choice, same-sex marriage.
Not a good speech: much too aggressive, much too fast, much too loud. Come September, it’s poison. Andrea’s a smart person with good ideas, but she has *got* to smooth out the rough edges in presentation — soon.
Tim Murray: short film spot: hokey music. “Can you/feel a/BRAND NEW DAYYYYY”. Testimonials from various elected officials. Presenting self as cities and towns, more establishment-type candidate.
*Tim’s got a good New England accent. His delivery is not exciting, but after Andrea, it’s pretty easy to take.
*Family testimony: parents taught about obligations. Hard work, sacrifice.
*16 years “disinterested and disengaged” Republican adminstrations starved cities and towns.
*”When they talk about opportunity, they mean photo opportunities.” Nice.
*Expand commuter rail, affordable housing, job creation, brownfields clean-up.
*”Fair pay for a fair day’s work philosophy”
A good speech, definitely the best of the three. But The Wiz music is a little much.
… OK, sorry for the delay; for $50 a day, couldn’t I actually get some damn signal on the floor? Andy isn’t having trouble, but please don’t tell me I need a new computer. Ridiculous. Anyway, here are the comments from the Gov. speeches. I’ll be culling my notes, so these may change over the next few minutes…
Gabrieli speech: a little rough-voiced, and aggressive. Healey-bashing. Stem cell research: âYou havenât had the courageâ to stand up to gop. Youâve had your chance, and you havenât gotten it done. No results. Iâll put my results against Kerry Healeyâs anytime.
Good gravy, itâs loud in here.
Gabâs got cute kids, too.
Phil Johnston speaks Deval Patrickâs name, and the place erupts. Seemingly a new video clip. EXTREMELY LOUD in here. Ow.
âI want every single vote on every single ballot, now, September, and November. I didnât come here to do some backroom deal.â
Hope. Pretty much the same as his normal stump speech so far: Chicago-Milton, etc. âHope for the best, and work for itâ, etc. If youâre reading this blog, youâve probably heard it before.
Stem cells: healing instead of politics. Renewables, save planet and build economy. Smaller classes, longer school day, public colleges and unis envy of the world. Health is a public good; decent, affordable, truly universal health care system.
Iâve built more bridges than any other candidate from either party. I have a vision, plan, and ground organization unlike anything this state has ever seen. Itâs not up to me, itâs up to you. Not my campaign, but yours. When I win, Democratic values win. Time for Democrats to stop apologizing for being Democrats. We are party of hard work, and sacrifice. We are captive to cynics.
Uncle Sonny shot heroin in the living room. Cynicism is an opiate, a comfort drug. Some in the media are dealers, peddling cynicism. Teaches us to expect less, to demand less. Put it down.
Take a chance on your own aspirations. Take a chance on hope. That is lesson of party, thatâs lesson of my own life. Join me, and letâs go to work.
(That music is just really too damn loud. âWhat have you done today to make you feel proud.â)
Heâs a political rock star. The crowd wonât let Phil proceed. âLetâs let Tom Reilly have his moment.â
Tom Reilly has to follow this â¦ thatâs tough.
Coakley nominates Reilly. âReilly/reilly/reillyâ chant from one corner (Iâm in the press section, in the middle) while sheâs talking.
Coakley: Tom told us to get the right result, not just get the conviction. Community justice meetings: Tom attended personally. Fought for consumers, for civil rights. Tom Reilly is someone you want on your side. Reilly is the leader MA needs like never before.
Reilly film: Mom and Dad came from Ireland. 36 years in same neighborhood in Watertown. Middlesex DA, 2x MA AG. Stood up on side of average citizen. âGritty determinationâ. This is actually the most factual, substantive film of the three. As candidate for Governor, continues to take tough stands.
Reilly gets a very warm and loud welcome â not like Devalâs, but definitely enthusiastic.
Beginning of end of 16 years of failed Republican rule. Red meat to Dems. 6 years of Bush. We live on 2nd floor of two decker in Watertown. But families in our neighborhood arenât getting ahead. Families save for college, denied financial aid by colleges. Seniors: property taxes are crushing them â corporate greed crushing their retirements. People must live further from their jobs, more time in traffic, less time at soccer games and school plays. Bush and Romney donât care. Tax breaks to Prideâs Crossing? They govern from the far right. âIâve had enough!â Prescription drugs costs up: âEnough is enoughâ. Violent crime: enough is enough. (Signs say âenough is enoughâ)
Remember independent-minded voters: share our values, vote against our candidates. Last four elections, Iâve won. I can handle money,
You are looking at the Republican partyâs worst nightmare, come November.
I will be your Governor.
We need to compete for good-paying jobs.
Schools: will reach new heights. Familiies need public unis among best in country.
Fulfill health care for all. Put us on path for energy independence.
Return corner office to the decent, hardworking people that make this commonwealth great. Thatâs where I come from, thatâs who I am. People need governor on their side, every day. Time to make Massachusetts great again. There is nothing we cannot do. Together we can make it happen.
Really, quite a good speech â a fiery, populist approach. Tom did himself proud today. Thatâs the best Iâve heard him speak in public.
Tom has cute grandkids too.
And now, challenges. This is the nastiest part … and one hopes that it’s resolved equitably.
Early betting pool for delegate share from Lynne, Andy, and me:
Charley: Deval 68%, Tom 16%, Chris 16%.
Lynne: Deval 68%, Tom 20%, Chris 12%
Andy: Deval 63%,
Tom 20%, Chris 17%
We just saw sco on the monitor, which is scanning delgates! He’s wearing one of those neon-chartreuse Deval shirts. Bloggers represent!
Adam’s reporting that Gabrieli is on the edge of eligibility — anywhere from 50 votes over to 50 under. (yikes)
Based on our disdain for the 15% rule, here’s hoping he makes it.
The Murray campaign has the following numbers for the first ballot:
Goldberg 23%, Murray 48%, Silbert 29%
So it looks like we’ll see a second ballot.
Bristol & Norfolk: Bonifaz 26 Galvin 66
LG: Goldberg 39 Murray 30 Silbert 23
Guv: Gab 12 Deval 65 Reilly 14
1st Bristol & Plymouth
Bonifaz: 0 Galvin 133
Goldberg 13 Murray 110 Silbert 8
Gab 12 Deval 41 Tom 78
Bonifaz 20 Galvin 59
Goldberg 7 Murray 69 Silbert 3
Gab 21 Deval 28 Tom 30
2nd Suffolk & Middlesex
Bonifaz 61 Galvin 56 no vote 1
Goldberg 29 Murray 35 Silbert 50 nv 4
Gab 11 Deval 81 Tom 23 nv 3
Plymouth & Barnstable
Bonifaz 18 Galvin 75
Goldberg 14 Murray 30 silbert 49
Gab 3 Deval 73 tom 17
Bonifaz 36 galvin 86
goldberg 12 Murray 89 Silbert 20
gab 21 Deval 45 tom 56
Gabrieli was going to address supporters a few minutes ago — then called it off in light of “new information”. What does this mean? Gab doesn’t know if he’s in or not.
Thanks to Cos for the following:
Bonifaz 61, Galvin 90, 1nv;
DebGoldberg 10, Murray 64, Silbert 78
Gab 10, Deval 119, Tom 23
Norfolk & Plymouth:
Bonifaz 7, Galvin 124
Goldberg 29, Murray 78, Silbert 22, 2nv;
Gab 64, Deval 38, Reilly 28, 1nv
Bonifaz 24, Galvin 113, 6nv;
Goldberg 20, Murray 90, Silbert 29, 4nv
Gab 13, Deval 69, Tom 61
Bonifaz 55, Galvin 64, 2nv;
Goldberg 44, Murray 37, Silbert 37, 2nv
Gab 18, DP 87, TR 13,
2nd Plymouth & Bristol:
Bonifaz 22, Galvin 67, 2nv
Goldberg 17, Murray 42, Silbert 32
Gab 19, Deval 61, Tom 11
Bonifaz 40 Galvin 85
goldberg 26 Murray 89 silbert 10
Gab 14 Deval 53 Tom 58
Cape & Islands
bon 63 Galvin 38 nv 2
Gold 23 Murray 17 silb 82 nv 1
Gab 17 Deval 82 Tom 23 nv 1
Bonifaz 45 Galvin 88
Goldberg 26 Murray 40 silbert 67
Gab 17 Deval 96 Tom 20
Bonifaz 25 Galvin 60 nv 2
Golberg 19 TM 6 Silbert 40 nv 2
Gab 4 Deval 58 Tom 25 nv 0
Bonifaz 11 Galvin 83
Goldberg 5 Murray 1 Silbert 8
Gab 23 Deval 31 Tom 40
Bon 35 gal 78
gold 21 mur 54 sil 38
gab 13 deval 76 reilly 24
2 Bristol Plymouth
Bonifaz 32 Galvin 57
Goldb 24 Murr 43 Silb 22
Gab 27 Deval 55 Tom 7
Bonifaz 19 Galvin 49 nv 2
Goldb 11 Murray 52 Silb 7
Gab 12 Deval 35 Tom 23
While we’re sitting here doing data entry, Adam Reilly’s getting scoops: Tom’s in @ 25%, Gab’s in, brokered, at 15%+
bon 30 Gal 75 nv 1
golb 42 Mur 35 Silb 26 nv 3
Gab 10 Deval 66 Reilly 29 nv 1
bon 18 Galv 105
goldb 2 Murray 121 Silb 0
gab 19 Deval 70 tom 33 nv 2
bon 82 Galv 38
gold 18 Mur 42 Silb 60
Gab 21 Deval 92 Tom 7
Middle & Essex
Bon 33 Galv 90
Gold 36 Mur 53 Silb 34
Gab 21 Deval 75 tom 27
I may have to miss some results if the candidates have presentations … at this point, the news is the beginning of the campaign, not documenting the votes.
There will be a motion to do the LG second ballot by voice vote.
1st Plymouth & bristol
Bon 12 Galv 87
Gold 33 Murr 40 Silb 35 nv 1
gab 4 Deval 39 Tom 55 nv 1
bon 4 Galv 99 nv 2
golb 1 Murr 104 Silb 0
gab 17 Deval 28 Tom 59
Bon 46 Galv 84
Goldb 29 Murr 49 Silb 46 nv 6
gab 7 Deval 90 Tom 32 nv 1
1st Ess & Midd
Bon 35 Galv 61
Goldb 19 Murray 32 Silb 45
Gab 6 Deval 77 Tom 13
Plymouth & Norfolk
Bon: 22 Galv 93
Goldb 34 Murr 38 silb 43 nv 2
Gab 14 Deval 67 Tom 34 nv 2
1st suffolk & middlesex
bon 33 galv 85 nv 2
golb 44 murr 44 silb 40 nv 3
gab 20 deval 61 tom 50
You can understand the 19 legislators behind Gabrieli making a deal, and you can understand other ex-officios coming over to their side — there may be more benefit to making nice with other legislators than keeping someone off the ballot and earning enmity with other pols … and it would seem that perhaps Reilly doesn’t mind having Gabs in the race.
Cos says Bonifaz has the votes for the ballot.
Bon 19 Galv 79 nv4
goldb 6 Murr 82 Silb 8
Gab 39 Deval 24 Tom 33
bon 15 Galv 91 nv 4
Golb 53 murr 23 Silb 30 nv 4
Gab 19 Deval 83 Tom 5 nv 3
bon 14 Galv 89 nv 2
gold 27 Murray 45 Silb 33 nv 1
gab 30 Deval 64 Tom 11
bon 25 galv 83
gold 6 murra 81 silb 21
gab 12 deval 84 tom 12
middlesex suff essex
bon 48 galv 59 nv 5
gold 14 murr 42 silb 54 nv 2
gab 14 deval 67 tom 30 nv 1
bon 17 galv 94
gold 22 murr 49 silb 39 nv 1
gab 32 deval 43 tom 31
bon 25 galv 83
gold 6 murr 81 silb 21
gab 12 deval 84 tom 12
Bon 30 galv 57 nv 3
gold 11 murr 60 silb 17 nv 2
gab 20 deval 61 tom 8 nv 1
bon 18 galv 125 nv 5
gold 52 murr 75 silb 17 nv 4
gab 22 deval 37 tom 84 nv 5
bon 18 galv 77
gold 41 murr 33 silb 21
gab 12 deval 34 tom 49
Gabrieli’s spokesman is apologizing for not getting the press room folks before Gab made his statement, that he did get 15%. There were *no deals* with the Reilly folks, he says. Gabrieli was jumping up and down. Sorry I missed it.
I’m going out to the floor for Deval’s endorsement acceptance speech.
On the floor: Johnston’s speaking.
Bonifaz qualifies. All LG candidates qualify.
Gabrieli gets 15.36% — gets a few boos. Deval gets 59%. Tom gets 26.66%. Deval’s the endorsed candidate.
Here’s the voice vote on the 2nd ballot: Murray gets it. Voice votes are bonkers. Roller-derby Roberts Rules of order wins again.
Galvin accepts: *Very* short speech. Fine by me. A man of few words, and judging by what I’ve heard, the fewer the better.
Tim Murray accepts: “CAN YOU/FEEL A /BRAND NEW DAY!!!!!!” Sends a message we’re going to take back the corner office. We’re going to have a heck of a party in November. “CAN YOU/FEEL A/BRAND NEW DAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY”
Johnston says Deval sounded like a combination of RFK and MLK. “I was very deeply inspired,” says Phil.
(It must be said, a lot of folks have left.)
Marian Walsh introduces Patrick: THUMPING MU
SIC… thumbs up.
Deval: Thank *you* delegates. Grateful and humbled. I will make mistakes and missteps; I’m flawed. But don’t give up on me, b/c I will never give up on you. No politics as usual. Vote for who you want, not for whom the wise guys think someone else will want. That has failed us. Politics as usual hasn’t delivered anything. Republicans have no interest in leadership. We have a vision for leadership. You know the difference. You see how broken bridges and dams, and how overcrowded schools. Must invest in cities and towns. You see for yourself that poor are in terrible shape, and the middle class are one month away from that. You see leaders more interested in having a job than doing the job. Not just a strategy to win, but a strategy to govern. Hope without action is meaningless. Step across differences, and work to find best solutions. Reject idea that we have to agree on everything before we do anything. Talk with neighbors. Support a Democrat. Be a champion in your own community of Democratic ideals. We don’t have to accept false Republican ideals anymore. Can have economy and social justice, etc. (from stump speech).
When I win, the suburban professional wins, the homeless win. We are party that built middle class and must now save it. Cynicism has no place in our vision — but realism does.
Robert Goddard conducted first experiments near here. Looked to a vision of what could be. Unite behind not just this candidate but this cause. If we do that, we will win, and we will deserve to win.
I’ll just say this: Most people in Massachusetts have not heard much about Deval Patrick. In the next few months, I think the state is in for something of a shock. If he’s ever able to cut through the Ameriquest stuff and the one-dimensional liberal-conservative axis — no easy feat — he’s quite a candidate.