First I have to say this – I had a bad primary night. All of my statewide picks came up short. I would have preferred John Tierney be renominated, though that is not my district. I had a couple of friends in the Merrimack Valley who courageously challenged legislative incumbents from within the party, but they too came up short. I guess I did get my way in the Middlesex DA race, but that was always the one about which I cared the least.
There’s no time to dwell on that though, and certainly no excuses to sulk and withhold support from those who were nominated. It is vital that Coakley-Kerrigan be elected over Baker-Polito. Don’t get complacent either by the thought that Dems have it easy electorally (We have recent evidence to the contrary.) or by the idea that Baker is one of the handful of Republicans in the country who hasn’t gone off the ideological deep end. Don’t think Baker can’t be too bad because our numbers are overwhelming in the General Court; many of those would be GOPers in most states and could easily be persuaded to join him. Also, if you talk to people who have worked for the Commonwealth, they will tell you that a Republican Governor means a Republican administration, and that governing philosophy seeps down the executive branch into the departments and agencies. Remember, neither candidate needs us. Either candidate who loses will suffer a bruised ego, but will live to tell about it and probably land a lucrative job. We, however, may suffer if the wrong person is in the Corner Office.
Regarding the 6th CD, all you need to know is that Moulton’s first vote will be to elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker, while Tisei’s will be for John Boehner. Even if Tisei breaks with his party sometimes on specific votes because he is also one of the last GOPers who isn’t nuts, a vote for Boehner is a vote for what bills are considered in the first place. In the General Court, even the most conservative Dems are better on most issues than most Republicans.
Please work for and vote for our ticket. If you really can’t stomach a particular candidate then put your energies into another race, but I hope you will vote Democratic, especially at the top of the ticket where it is likely to be close. If you are yourself a candidate who did not make it tonight, thank you so much for your willingness and effort to offer yourself for public service. By giving voters a choice you have greatly contributed to our democratic process.