Another lieutenant governor candidate, another expand-the-role advocate, what’s new? A lot, it turns out. Steve Kerrigan was the third of the three Dems who’ll be in the Sept. 9th primary who spoke with Left Ahead. He more than held his own.
We’ve had Leland Cheung and Mike Lake on as well, the trio on the Sept. 9th Dem primary ballot for the office. I’ll plug in their half-hour shows here. We can play FOX; you decide.
Each of the three (including Leland Cheung and Mike Lake) see the role of LG as crucial today and beyond. Each has a different slant on what the office should entail.
Kerrigan has the wow! résumé, working for or with Barack Obama, Tom Menino, Ted Kennedy, Tom Reilly and on and on. He then pitches himself as ready to accomplish big deeds with whomever gets the Dem Gov. nomination and presumably wins the office. As he put it, “There’s no room for on-the-job training for lieutenant governor.”
We covered a lot of topics and possibilities. Click below to hear what he would do in working with municipalities, transportation, infrastructure, education and even college affordability. You can see his platform here.
He was confident that he was the one of the trio with the experience and contacts from local through commonwealth and federal levels. He’s even sure he could develop the necessary relationships with our legislators.
A key aspect to his vision is turning the LG into a super-ombudsman. He says he’d be the key contact for municipalities, businesses and others. He’d aim to help them surmount obstacles, such as arcane regulations or funding problems. Click below to hear his stream of ideas.
Last week, Mike Lake was on.
He’s quick to point to his successes as president and CEO of Leading Cities. Among other those are working with the likes of Bill Clinton and of bringing contacts and business to Massachusetts. He says one of the roles of our LG should be marketer in chief for the commonwealth
His vision seems pretty progressive, aiming for:
- A livable wage for all workers
- High-quality education
- Safe neighborhoods
He discussed how the LG would coordinate with the governor, legislature and others to achieve what lumped together he calls the Massachusetts Promise.
Lake said he has spoken with all three Dem candidates for the gubernatorial primary about his platform. He says they all buy into it. He’s confident he could work with any of them.
He bills himself as the most progressive of the three Dems in the LG race. Listen in as he talks about his positions and the groups and politicians who have endorsed him. He also noted that he went into the party convention being outspent 4:1 by Steve Kerrigan (whom he did not name) but is even now. He says his 35% of delegates gave him a substantial boost to go with successful fund raising and campaigning.
In June, Leland Cheung was the guest. Note that he called in 13:41 into the show. I filled in with not so snappy patter while waiting and was about to shut down when he finally called in. I never got my attitude right afterward and found him a bit arrogant and patronizing. Those are not necessarily reasons not to vote for someone, but factors to consider. Listen and make your own call.
Leland Cheung has grand plans for the MA Lt. Gov. office. He’d pick up on the ex-LG mold of Tim Murray and go much farther. He sees himself as being able to complement any of the Dem Gov. candidates. He would run with some of his own projects, plus working behind the scenes with legislators to ease passage of the governor’s agenda.
Click below to hear him describe his vision for the office, and what he sees as unique qualifications for it. He claims to have the best qualifications, skill set and experience for a commonwealth he describes as at a tipping point. As well as his double masters degrees (Kennedy School Public Administration and Sloan MBA), he worked for a high-tech venture capital firm before becoming a Cambridge city councilor five years ago. That and government service is in his bio.
He figures MA can continue and expand Gov. Deval Patrick’s education and infrastructure for growth or go backward. Listen in as he talks about how an “innovation economy” effort would work to bring jobs to all 351 MA municipalities. He pointed to some of the world’s best high-tech schools and development facilities are all within an hour of Boston on a Lowell to Worcester arc. He sees inspiring established companies as well as start-ups to do their development and manufacturing right here instead of overseas or even in other states.
Overall, the three have no truck with those who note that we’ve gotten along for 14 months without an LG after Tim Murray resigned, so we should think of eliminating the office. All three see crucial roles the LG can play, offloading duties from the governor and accomplishing big tasks in the process.
Personally, l was most impressed with Kerrigan and second with Lake. I’d be comfortable with either in office.