OK, I totally agree that it’s time to go positive and that, by electing Deval Patrick twice despite negative campaigns against him, Mass. voters have shown that negativity is not omnipotent here.
But I’m compelled to share this about Gregory. I remembered seeing something this spring about him as a headline speaker at the conservative organization, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and sharing the bill with Karl Rove and John Boehner at that conference May 14-16. http://thinkprogress.org/media/2012/05/12/482926/david-gregory-republican-nfib/
The name NFIB may also be familiar because of National Federation of Independent Business, et al., Petitioners v. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. Yep, the SJC Affordable Care Act case.
And, as it happens, Scott Brown has also addressed this organization (February 24, 2012.)
Out of curiosity I went to NFIB’s site, as well as opensecrets.org, and learned that NFIB has given Scott Brown $5,000 so far in 2012 and gave him $3,000 in 2010. http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cmte=C00101105&cycle=2012
In sum, I’m not playing j’accuse here or charging that Gregory can’t moderate as a professional. But I am saying that speaking at NFIB is no small thing and I have also seen allegations about Gregory’s friendships with Rove and Boehner.
Most mediator types (like me) acknowledge that while humans can aim for neutrality, we’re still human. So I hope the Warren campaign takes all this into account in its debate prep.