Jay has tweaked us (I think) for supporting the idea that a Democratic governor would be an even more effective check on our hacky (Democratic) legislature than the 16-year string of ineffectual, résumé-pimping Republicans. (You tweak me — and I will not be tweaked again!)
And while I devoutly hope for a Democratic governor willing to crack skulls for a pro-reform agenda (Walsh commission, Clean Elections, etc.), one has to agree that without a serious pro-reform movement within the legislature, things may continue merrily along their wonted way. (For instance, I don’t think Howie Carr had to work too hard to get this column, and it doesn’t sound like the legislators he interviewed are too afraid of any backlash.)
We hardly need to say it: There Is No Republican Party in Massachusetts. Recently, we’ve had rich people slapping the “R” label on themselves and running for Governor, while the institution of the Republican Party has withered on the vine. And even if there were a stronger GOP, do they represent “reform” — here or the national level? If this is a check, it looks like it’s bounced.
So really, the division is between the unchecked, veto-proof Incumbent Party in the legislature, which feels free to kill the health care amendment and resist the calls for an independent investigation into the Big Dig, for instance, vs. the Reform and Transparency Party — some of whom may well be incumbents, but apparently don’t hold enough sway to restore people’s confidence in the legislature. Most folks in both the Incumbent Party and R&T are Democrats in this state. And indeed, some pols may be a little bit of both — would-be Jedis struggling with the Dark Side of the Force. So it’s important for us — the junkies — to know who’s who. If we don’t know, who does?
So, let’s treat this as an open thread to promote your favorite squeaky clean, pro-reform, Sweetness and Sunlight, transparent-as-Lucite, Mr.-Smith-Goes-to-Beacon-Hill candidate for the legislature. We don’t have much time before the primaries, and if there are such candidates out there, they may well need this community’s help.
BMG denizens, what do you know? Bring someone to our attention — make a user post introducing a candidate, and tell us what reform credentials they bring to the table.
Yesterday I put up my interview with Sonia Chang-Diaz, running against Diane Wilkerson in the 2nd Suffolk district; David interviewed Leah O’Leary, running against John Rogers in Norwood. But we need your help in identifying others — and hey, why not interview them yourself?