So here’s an interesting question. Mitt Romney is out of state at the moment (hard to believe, I know, but it’s true). Which means that Kerry Healey is the acting Governor, and could sign the bill into law. Seems to me that would be a pretty nice thing for her to be able to do – it’s a tough anti-crime measure that seems very much in line with what she apparently sees one of her best issues.
But Mitt Romney probably wants to sign it too, not because he gives a crap about gang violence in Massachusetts, but because it makes him look tough on crime for his national audience. So: will he let Healey sign it, thereby handing her a great issue to run with in her campaign to succeed him? Or will he make her wait ’til he comes home so he can do it himself and wave it at Republicans in South Carolina? Or – most interestingly – will Healey go ahead and sign it without his say-so before he gets home?
Kudos, by the way, to Senator and Middlesex DA candidate Jarrett Barrios for authoring this bill, and for all of his hard work on getting it passed. It’s a big accomplishment.