While it may seem unusual for a former attorney general to not back his successor, the move is not all that surprising. Earlier this year I reported that Harshbargerâs wife, Judith Stephenson, has donated $1,000 to Patrickâs campaign since 2005, the maximum amount allowed in a two-year period, according to campaign finance records. Harshbarger has not yet made a contribution himself to Patrick.
This is a natural fit: both are/were Idealist vs. Establishment. And Patrick doubtless has those who will be happy to stick the “loony left” shiv into him as well — though probably not the speaker of the House this time.
So, does this actually bring Patrick more votes in September?