In his first extensive interview since endorsing Deval Patrick for Governor this morning, former Mass. Attorney General and 1998 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Harshbarger spent about 45 minutes on the phone with Bob, Charley, and me talking about why he decided to back Patrick, what his role in the campaign will be, and what Patrick might learn from Harshbarger’s unsuccessful run for Governor in 1998. We’ll each be posting our summaries of the conversation shortly. Our thanks to Mr. Harshbarger for taking so much time to talk with us.
A couple of interesting highlights: Harshbarger said that he found himself choosing between three good candidates, each of whom he knows and likes personally, and any of whom he will happily support against Kerry Healey in November. He sees his endorsement as a chance to back one great candidate. Also, Harshbarger echoed a theme that has surfaced here at BMG: that the legislative leadership might not actually be all that psyched to see a strong Democrat instead of a weak Republican take over the corner office.