Senator Barney Frank: what’s not to like?
Who wouldn’t want a somebody rather than a cipher, a leader rather than a follower, experience rather than its opposite, a player rather than a placeholder, an advocate over an apparatchik?
Not I. But Doug Rubin’s comments suggest that the Governor may have different criteria in making this decision, starting with the avoidance of risk.
How risky is Barney? I’d argue not much at all. But, he’s his own guy with his own rep. Beholden to no one. He’ll do what he thinks is right, period.
Does that sound good to you? Me too. But I also hear alarm bells. Why knows what could happen in 4 or 5 months? If Senator Frank does something unorthodox, it would be dramatic. Controversial. Reflect badly, maybe, on Patrick.
(And apparently Markey is not too thrilled about the idea either.)
Compare that to the person who is just pleased to serve his or her time and toe the party line. Who needs the aggravation?
My answer to that is it is well worth the small risk. It’s the right thing for the country and the state to send one of our most talented legislators to fill in at this critical time.
This is not a slam against Jay Gonzales or anyone else. And yeah, it would be nice and safe and neat to send a relative unknown.
But as the Bay State has seen to it’s benefit in the past, neatness isn’t everything.