We have been totally out to lunch on the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex State Senate race to replace Steven Tolman. (Click image for a larger map.) Lot going on, but still. Nostra culpa.
- Are you a Will Brownsberger person?
- Are you a Jon Hecht person?
- Are you a Tim Schofield person?
- Are you a Bob McCarthy person?
It strikes me that these are three reliably “progressive” people; I can’t tell quite as much about McCarthy from his website. Data point: House members Brownsberger and Hecht voted against casinos, doubtless at some considerable personal cost, considering that it was the only thing Bob DeLeo seems to have cared about. Data point: Tim Schofield supports a progressive income tax, which is only sensible, and ought to be the sine qua non for any decent platform. McCarthy would seem to be a strong defender of the social safety net — to which attention must be paid these days.
So the questions come down to personal qualities. I’ve met Will: He’s an entirely decent person and a tough, logical, original thinker — which often takes him outside ideological orthodoxies. He permits actual comments and actual discussion on his website.
Jon Hecht has an impressive video here, with very solid argumentation:
These are good people. How to choose? What are the personal qualities? What are the driving agenda items? I’d say health care costs and progressive taxes; what issues animate the respective candidates?