“People don’t want candidates who buy the race, it’s tacky.”
Answer: Deval Patrick speaking about Chris Gabrieli yesterday in Springfield.
Gabrieli has spent $5 million of his personal fortune so far on television commercials and other campaign expenses.
Source: The Republican – Western Mass newspaper covering Springfield
I find this to be an interesting change in tone from Deval. This begs some questions and I invite your thoughts and suggestions.
1.) Does Deval see or at least sense a change in the polls that has not been made public yet?
2.) Deval and his wife are loaded. Why don’t they spend some of their own money? (note they did spend $350K to help get their campaign off of the ground)
3.) What’s tacky? Saying that you are no “ordinary leader” and then consistently doing what almost all “ordinary people” do by taking the $ in your jobs over principle (see Coke, Ameriquest, United Airlines, etc. etc.)
4.) Gabrieli’s tacky because of the money he has and will spend on the race? He not only spends his own money on campaigns (his and other democrats), he supports a wide array of causes on behalf of the public good. His record to this point as it pertains to helping those less fortunate and working on behalf of the people of Massachusetts dwarfs Deval’s virtually non-existent resume on this front.
5.) Gabrieli has not taken one shot at Deval in his ads. Why is Deval going negative first? Calling a person’s strategy “tacky” is usually a warm-up to more aggressive attacks. It also smacks of sour grapes, jealousy, excuse making, and a lack of accountability in the event that he loses to Gabrieli on the 19th of September.