We’re a little slow to react, but Frank Phillips in the Globe yesterday repeated much of what the Herald’s Kim Atkins reported Thursday: that the Office of Campaign and Political Finance is looking into Killer Coke’s expenditures and possible coordination with the Reilly campaign. It’s got more background and more quotes than the brief Herald story — and it must be said, in spite of the inflammatory nature of the internal emails from the Reilly campaign that fell into Globe columnist Joan Vennocchi’s lap, it wouldn’t seem there’s a smoking gun for coordination: Both Rogers and the Reilly campaign say they have not worked together or coordinated Killer Coke’s efforts to attack Patrick. Rogers said the only contact came when he called the headquarters for Reilly and businessman Christopher F. Gabrieli to get e-mail addresses in order to send them his press release. “I have had no conversations with any officials or representatives of any campaign,” Rogers said. The only exception, he said, was that he talked directly with Green Rainbow candidate Grace Ross. [Which will catapult Ross to the corner office! Oh the humanity! -- ed.] Guarino, who said neither he nor anyone else on the staff talked to [...]
This has little to do with the Mass. elections upcoming, but wanted to post anyway. So this morning I get this lovely little pamphlet in my mailbox called the “little red book”. The cover was plastered with a big enough snarling Bald Eagle to scare Stephen Colbert. Also the most garish red, white and blue background one can imagine. Assuming this was some stupid political flyer, I opened it and was surprised to see that it was actually information on how one can be saved for eternity by Jesus Christ, graciously sponsored by a local Baptist Church. Being a Christian myself, I was surprised to find missing many of the images of Jesus healing the sick and ministering to the poor replaced with images of American Flags and Fighter Jets streaking into the sky. What the *?!*?? I called the organization(http://www.littlered…) that is aiming to equate Jesus’ will with that of W’s and left a message telling them how this Christian feels about them wearing Jesus as a political bad hat. They won’t really care, but I wanted to at least post their email address so those of you who are sick of the Right-Wing hijacking what is supposed to [...]
The Boston Globe started to connect the dots between Christopher Gabrieli profiteering on charter schools and his advocacy for charters in the public discourse. There’s more, and people really need to understand Gabrieli’s conflicts of interest and conflicts with a progressive New England vision of local accountability for public education.
Tom Reilly hung a curve yesterday on Channel 4, questioning what the other candidates had done with their lives in the last ten years except for making all that sweet, sweet cash. Gabrieli swings … there’s a drive …: “It’s a shame that Tom Reilly, in a desperate attempt to catch up in the polls, has chosen to go negative. But to answer Tom Reilly’s question, Chris has spent the last ten years building businesses, expanding after-school programs, fighting for stem cell research, raising five wonderful kids, and lately, running a positive, substantive campaign for Governor.”
Since Joe Lieberman has decided to continue as the candidate of the Sixth Sense Party (politically dead but doesn’t know it yet), the euphoria over Lamont’s victory needs to dissipate pretty darned fast. Lieberman still leads in the polls, and he’s going to get a lot of “help” from the Republicans, who realize that he’s a tremendous asset to them. In their situation, I can’t blame them; it makes more sense than, say, running a no-hope Club For Growth candidate against a weakened-but-viable moderate. But gosh, I gotta disagree with Josh Marshall’s reader DK on this one: Look, one of the Dems’ problems in recent years is an inability to walk and chew gum at the same time… Lamont v. Lieberman is a carnival sideshow, a titilating and distracting spectacle. Rove is the carnival barker. So ignore the hoopla and keep moving on down the midway, folks. The main event is still to come, and it will be in places like Montana, Missouri, and Ohio. We’ve come too far to get side-tracked now. Interesting that the assumption behind this argument that money and attention are finite. But Kos has been all over Tester in MT; everybody hates Ricky in PA; [...]
I have been following the LG race very closely and I have no idea what her message is. It started out as cities & towns which she has obviously lost to Murray it then morphed into this generic “get Massachsetts going again” and then the cost of living. This campaign is void of any real, clear or consistent message. She has 2 million and that may mask all of that but at least Murray & Silbert have a message worth listening to.