- Jack Robinson (R) for Massachusetts 9th?
Interestingly, for a while this seemed the most covered of these races here. There has been an interview with Jack, and the candidate has also become a somewhat active poster. Personally, though Steve Lynch’s conservatism and support for the Iraq war are definitely big problems, I also think that the importance of the control of the US House is far too huge to really warrant giving a moderate Republican a chance. I’d like there to be more moderate Republicans, though they are unfortunately the most vurnerable at times like these: I like Lincoln Chafee and (until recently) used to respect Chris Shays a lot, but their national party is responsible for the disaster our country is in. Sorry Link, and sorry Jack!
- Jill Stein (GRP) for Secretary of State?
This race is finally seeming to get some more attention here recently, especially with this vibrant discussion and recent endorsement by the MetroWest Daily News. Personally, Jill Stein was the first candidate I ever voted for, and thus I’m somewhat sentimental, but also on basic issues of voting rights, lobbying reform, and corporate oversight, she has since the beginning of this campaing been the clear second choice to John Bonifaz’s almost identical platform and extensive voting rights advocacy experience. I think the MetroWest editorial wrote it better than I could, so just read that. This race I am enthusiastically a supporter of Jill Stein.
- Samiyah Diaz (R) for 2nd Suffolk?
This one I am more confused on and haven’t seen much discussion since the recount ended. I’m instinctively leaning towards Samiyah, given Wilkerson’s extensive record of corruption, but don’t really know enough about her to make a judgment. Anyone want to share some arguments for or against?
These are my thoughts, and I invite everyone here to share their thoughts on these different races,and any other challengers that seem interesting.
UPDATE: It was pointed out in the comments that I forgot to give a choice for “none of the above” and apologize.
Thanks to Samiyah Diaz for presenting an argument for herself here! It was a very helpful read to me and hope so to others also.
Also, I don’t think the discussion needs to be limited to races where the BMG endorsed candidate lost: for example, I would welcome thoughtful arguments from Gabrieli or Reilly supporters who are now supporting another candidate for governor.