All right, I’ve dithered on this for too long now, and last week’s forum with Lieutenant Governor candidates Andrea Silbert and Tim Murray really didn’t make the choice clear. But it’s decision time. And I’m going with Silbert. This is my personal endorsement — Bob is for Andrea, and David hasn’t decided yet, as far as I know.
Let me just say first off that in spite of her available millions for November, I can’t really get with Deb Goldberg. The convention film; the ad with the Boston — not Brookline — fireman saying “only Deb could do that”; the lack of support in her hometown paper; the sketchy experience … too many reservations. She’s still a smart, progressive person with many strengths, so if she wins the nomination, terrific. I’ll roll with that.
Between Silbert and Murray, this is a real apples vs. oranges choice. Since the LG’s role is so vague to begin with, what qualifications are required? Who knows? Do you want a hard-working, passionate “social entrepreneur”, or do you want a thoughtful, effective manager with geographical balance? There’s a bold choice, and there’s a safer choice. Both are justifiable.
What the hell. Gimme bold.
Andrea is dynamic. (At times, I’ve thought she was even a little too much so, although I did find at our forum that she does know how to smooth out the rough edges in presentation.) No one will do more with the amorphous office of LG than her. Wouldn’t it be good to have kind of a “constituent service” person for small business in the LG’s office? Deval Patrick — who I fully expect will win the nomination at this point, barring disaster — has talked about removing obstacles for business. Mightn’t it be good to have the input of someone who has experience doing exactly that? Massachusetts is chock-full of hard-working, brilliant people who would love to strike out on their own and create jobs, bucks and opportunity. That’s where the real regional prosperity will come from — not just from the Novartises and Bristol-Myers-Squibbs. And let’s not forget the personal satisfaction and quality-of-life aspect of running a business according to one’s own values.
In addition, she has a long record of being a person of compassion and action. She supports Cape Wind. I also have to say that the idea of someone coming from outside politics is appealing: a real citizen representative.
Again, Tim Murray comes off extremely well; I love his focus on working with the strengths we have, like brownfields development and expanding public transit. The only thing I can knock him for is his indecision on Cape Wind. That solidifies my impression of him as somewhat more retiring than Silbert. There’s a time to study and consider, and there’s a time for action. September would have been a good time to come out with a position on that critical issue. I do regret that if Silbert wins, we won’t get the chance to possibly move a few more Worcester County votes. Bottom line: If Murray wins, I’m cool with that, too.
Good to have that off my chest. (Now Bob, stop bugging me!)