Just saw a big story on ABC’s Nightline on ad guru Bill Hillsman — which featured Christy Mihos’s now-famous heads-up-their-asses ad pretty heavily. I know it’s juvenile. It’s still damn funny.
The Sentinel and Enterprise endorsed a candidate for governor, Sunday. Here is an excerpt:
In addition, voters must realize that all taxpayers – workers, homeowners and businessowners – are footing an increasingly growing bill to pay to educate, care for and sometimes house illegal immigrants. Massachusetts is at a crossroads and needs a strong leader to help put the Commonwealth back on the right track to prosperity, public safety and excellence in education. Well, obviously with all of those bad things happening to the Commonwealth, we must need to go in a new direction. Certainly any logical thinker would make the connection that with so much going wrong, we should look to elect someone who hasn’t been in the corner office for the last four years. Right?
This election comes at a crucial time in the state’s history as the cost of living continues to rise, more people are leaving Massachusetts than coming in, and crime is up and the quality of public education seems to be going down.
In addition, voters must realize that all taxpayers – workers, homeowners and businessowners – are footing an increasingly growing bill to pay to educate, care for and sometimes house illegal immigrants. Massachusetts is at a crossroads and needs a strong leader to help put the Commonwealth back on the right track to prosperity, public safety and excellence in education.
Well, obviously with all of those bad things happening to the Commonwealth, we must need to go in a new direction. Certainly any logical thinker would make the connection that with so much going wrong, we should look to elect someone who hasn’t been in the corner office for the last four years. Right?
Kerry Healey has released a new ad (running on the front page as of now) in which the announcers talk up some of her 50 points of fright. It is, I believe, the first ad that can’t really be called a “negative” or “attack” ad, and that gives any kind of forward-looking sense of what she wants to do as Governor, that she’s run since the primary. Better late than never — but maybe too late anyway. She should’ve been running this since the 50 points of fright came out weeks ago, and before her negatives went past 50%.
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to figure this out. Wouldn’t a permanent headline favoring your candidate be nice on Boston.com? How much would you pay for something like that? Well, it turns out its absolutely free if you can figure out how to manipulate Boston.com’s “most e-mailed” stories, which appear in a box on the top right portion of the main page.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, who updates his weekly “crystal ball” forecasts of elections with information culled from local politicos, sees Democrat Deval Patrick winning the governor’s office on Nov. 7 over Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, the GOP candidate.
“We expect Patrick to win fairly handily,” Sabato told The Republican before the weekend. “You always wonder about an African-American candidate. There has been so many cases of African-Americans not doing as well on election day as they do in pre-election polls, so I wouldn’t guess the margin, but I think Patrick is beating Healey quite handily, even Gov. Romney has hinted as much.”
Sabato continues: “So I think that race, we count as essentially over,” Sabato said.
LEFT, THEN ANOTHER LEFT.
There are, as you might know, three ballot questions this election day upon which you must decide how to vote.
Question Three reads:
IN FAVOR: Your yes vote will help working families have better access to affordable, quality child care by giving home-based child care providers the ability to work with the Commonwealth to improve the services they provide our children. This proposed law will not increase taxes or child care costs for Massachusetts residents.
More after the jump.
Announcer: “A phone number to an adult fantasy hot line appeared on Michael Arcuri’s New York City hotel room bill while he was there on official business. And the call was charged to Oneida County taxpayers. Arcuri has denied it, but the facts are there. Who calls a fantasy hot line and then bills taxpayers? Michael Arcuri. From CBS Newsl But Arcuri’s campaign released records showing the call made two years ago from his New York City hotel room to 800-457-8462 a sex line was followed the next minute by a call to 518-457-8462, the state Department of Criminal Justice Services. Arcuri, the district attorney in Oneida County, said the ad was “clearly libelous” and threatened to file a lawsuit. Even his GOP opponent, state Sen. Ray Meier, described it as “way over the line.” At least seven television stations in Syracuse, Utica and Binghamton refused to run the ad, Arcuri said. The NRCC stood by the 30-second message. Spokesman Ed Patru insisted it was “totally true” and said candidate Meier was not consulted.
How cool is this? Mike Dukakis practices what he preaches: he’s the block captain for his neighborhood in Brookline: The would-be leader of the free world and three-term Massachusetts governor, who has been a relentless voice calling on fellow Democrats to return to grass-roots organizing, is putting muscle where his mouth is as an official block captain for Deval Patrick. Cindy Rowe, the Brookline Town Democratic Committee’s chairwoman, says she got a call from the town’s most famous Democrat this summer, after her organization resolved to ramp up a vigorous precinct-based campaign operation on behalf of whoever emerged as the party’s gubernatorial nominee. “I want my list, I want to be a block captain,” Dukakis told her. “It was startling in the best sense of the word,” says Rowe. “I mean, here’s a guy who did it. He was the last Democrat elected governor.” Anyone who has heard Dukakis talk knows how real-world the guy is: He walks everywhere; he picks up trash on the T; he complains that he practically broke his axle driving up to Lowell … this stuff matters to him. He clearly still thinks of himself as a citizen first and foremost. It’s old-fashioned, stubborn, [...]
I challenge Deval Patrick to a one-on-one, prime time debate so that we can have a broad policy discussion focused on the key issues. Grace Ross, Christy Mihos, and Kerry Healey s participation in these televised debates has and will afford them ample opportunity to make their respective cases to the voters. Unfortunately, with four candidates on stage and limited time, a wide-ranging policy discussion has been largely crowded out. I think it’s pretty clear that either Deval Patrick or I am going to be the next governor of this state, and when people go to the polls, they deserve to know where we stand. Mr. Patrick has never struck me as someone who backed down from a challenge, so Id be surprised if he chose to stand on the sidelines now. I look forward to hearing from him soon. Sincerely, Josh Weiss
Kerry Healey admits that “Inmates for Deval” comprised of her campaign volunteers. When first asked about the group terrorizing a 12 year old in his own home Healey didn’t respond, instead one of her cronies said: “The Healey campaign has hundreds of volunteers doing standouts all over Massachusetts every day, and they aren’t centrally coordinated out of our office” After some soul searching finding out that her campaign is in the toilet, she discussed the incident but by doing so implicated her campaign. From WHDH-TV, Healey was quoted with the following: “When I found out that they had gone to Deval Patrick’s home and the home of his campaign manager, I let it be known that that’s not what I want to have happen in the future and I do think it crossed the line.” So it didn’t cross the line by creating the group in the first place? Hey Kerry, since you are in such a remorseful mood, could she helps us out with some additional information. Like who are the idiots who brainstormed this idea in the first place. Also who approved the money and coordinated the effort in getting those professionally designed signs and jumpsuits? It wasn’t [...]