NEWS FLASH: Rep. Mike Capuano has announced publicly that he’s … well … thinking about it. The Boston Sunday Globe has a long article about the possibility that Capuano will run for Governor in 2006. In it, Capuano is quoted as asking himself: "Can I win? Can I raise the money? Do I want the job?"
All excellent questions, although Capuano asks them in a curious order. It seems to us that he should answer the last question first and take it from there – after all, a safe seat in the US Congress is a pretty nice job, and we’d be hard pressed to criticize him for not wanting to give it up. However, we’ve already noted our worries about whether AG Tom Reilly is the best choice to oust His Excellency the Governor in 06, and Capuano has a lot of strengths (as well as some weaknesses, including the fact that he’s largely unknown outside of his Boston-Somerville base). Is there someone else who should be getting a hard look (other than Secretary of State Bill Galvin, who is the ultimate State House insider and seems unlikely to spark a lot of excitement)? What do you think?