As a Sam Kelley supporter, I’m disapointed as I review these results. I would say that at this point it is virtually impossible to turn the fund raising around, and even if he could, he couldn’t catch up.
The “Romney for President” Health Care reform, also takes a big chunk of space out of Sam’s portfolio. Based on the difficulties even well financed campaigns are having getting together the 10,000 signatures needed by May 9, 2006 5PM (Statewide) deadline at Town & City Halls across Massachusetts, I now doubt if Kelley even makes it to the convention. By Mid May Secretary Galvin will be getting accurate reports from cities and towns across the state on how many signatures were turned in and being processed.
Then it is a three way race by Worcester. Murray becomes the only male candidate. The question is, if Kelley is out, where does his 10% to 15% of (his) convention delegates go? If Murray has
Firefighter’s picketing, they won’t be going his way. I’m hoping that convention delegates aren’t facing the question of crossing a picket line.
To recap, Kelley’s raised only 5% of all the money raised in the LG race, spent 7% of all the money spent so far and has only 2.9% of what’s in the BANK between the four candidates.
The question is not when will he be getting out, as it’s seems to be clear he’ll be out before the convention, but why has it taken so long to realize the reality? My educated guess is someone isn’t telling Sam like it is. This can’t be sugar coated anymore. Time to think about an exit strategy to leave with dignity and pay off ALL the debts left over. If I was anyone in that position, I’d want to go out with my head held high and reputation intact.