I’ll be the first one to talk about the elephant in the middle of the room here. The simple answer is racism. A slightly more nuanced explanation would be some sort of combination of begrudgery coupled with crypto-racism.
People like Tom Reilly and the Globe’s Frank Phillips have been playing the begrudgery game with Deval for months. “Deval has two really big houses, both way nicer than your house, therefore he must have done something illicit or back-handed to get his success,” is the underlying message that those guys have been pushing. Yet, Gabrieli seems to be getting a pass, along with Mihos and Healey. Kind of reminds me of that old bit on Sesame Street- one of these kids is not like the others…. Deval Patrick is being singled out because of his race.
The Globe tries to position itself as the more liberal of the two daily newspapers. However, given the racist subtext of many of its articles about Deval, that liberal editorial position is a farce.