We’ve got a real “When did you stop beating your wife”- type of headline today in the Globe: “Reilly says he was unfamiliar with controversial delegate.” Remember that retired cop who gamed the system for a $140 large pension? Well, turns out he was elected as a Reilly delegate for the convention.
Campaign aides said Reilly had no idea that Lincoln had been elected a delegate for him from the town of Middleborough. Nine delegates were elected from Middleborough, all of whom supported Reilly. They said that though Lincoln was a delegate, he still was “not associated with the campaign. Tom doesn’t want him associated with the campaign,” said spokesman Corey Welford.
Good gravy — the candidate doesn’t personally choose all his delegates. If you want to blame someone, blame the caucus voters in Middleborough — and even that’s a stretch.
The article does include some back-and-forth about whether Reilly would prosecute the case: “[Reilly] said he is waiting for the state Public Employees Retirement Administration System to determine the facts before taking action.” Sounds like Reilly has played this down the middle from the beginning. So file this under “goofy coincidence”, but not “unsavory connection,” please.
I’m frankly baffled by the kinds of things the Globe seems to think are important in evaluating candidates: Killer Coke, Taj Deval, and now this. Maybe they’d get their circulation back up if they started to treat their readership like adults, and reported on the ways that the next governor will affect their lives.