Sidenotes on the results of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee (CDCC) straw poll for the three contested statewide offices:
SECRETARY OF STATE
The Secretary of State vote was the most interesting vote (and closest). Secretary Galvin addressed the crowd, evidently with a precondition that a straw poll NOT be held for this office. After John Bonifaz’ campaign manager made her address, a motion was made (by me) calling for including the Secretary of State’s office in the straw poll. A lengthy discussion ensued about why the CDCC executives would NOT automatically include this office in a straw poll, and the response was “out of courtesy for elected office.” One Ward 6 member offered a decisive comment, “Since when do the candidates get to decide who gets to conduct a straw poll about them?” A voice vote was held and the CDCC executives were overwhelmingly over-ruled. Score one against incumbency protection. Bonifaz went on to win the straw poll. Make that score two against incumbency protection.
All four candidates for Lt. Governor made personal appearances, primarily because of the high delegate count. They asked for our vote tonight, as well as our vote at the convention the weekend after next. Andrea Silbert made several appearances in Cambridge over the weekend, and her busy weekend paid off. (She got me to commit to her as a delegate earlier in the day today — I was undecided at her weekend events).
This lopsided vote was predictable enough that Reilly and Gabrieli did not even send representatives to address the crowd (Patrick did — Rep. Alice Wolf spoke on his behalf). At the Cambridge caucuses, Deval won 99-2. I spotted one of Reilly’s two delegates at the event, but he decided not to address the crowd. This vote bodes even more poorly for Gabrieli, since delegates (and everyone else) were free to express support for him, and did not.
— Jesse Gordon, Secretary of the Cambridge Ward 10 Democratic Committee, and delegate to the State Convention.