Kim sez Reilly is bleeding supporters; this time it’s Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera of Springfield. From Gabs’ press release:
Rivera had been supporting Tom Reilly, but she is now throwing her support behind Gabrieli.
I am convinced that Chris Gabrieli is the candidate with plans to create jobs and improve the economy that will put Massachusetts back on the map, Rivera said. Chris is the only candidate in this race with a responsible plan to roll back taxes, and he understands what we need in Springfield and Western Massachusetts.
And Kim adds:
She joins other lawmakers who have switched from Reillys camp to Gabrielis, including Reps. Colleen Garry [Dracut] and David Nangle [Lowell] and Sen. Richard Moore.
Interesting dynamic, but about what you’d expect given the state of Reilly’s campaign. And it’s a little amusing that Rivera would wait so long.
But it’s also interesting to note in today’s new polls the recipient of Reilly’s, uh, electoral largesse: It’s Patrick. Based on supposed ideological “positioning”, you might expect them to go to Gabrieli.
But you have to imagine that at least some of the former Reilly folks were soft supporters, based on name recognition; and that folks are drawn to Patrick’s charisma over Gabrieli’s earnestness. Or perhaps they were impressed by Patrick’s performance in the debate.
Either way, I think it may well be proof that people are attracted to a candidate with a bold profile, with a message based on broadly shared and easily understood values. I like Gabrieli’s emphasis on a functional government that “gets results” — and we will surely demand results regardless of who’s elected — but Patrick’s approach gives the voter much more of a sense of his true north. I suspect that now that folks are paying attention, they’ll respond well to that.
All caveats to the fluidity of the race are in effect, but it’s getting to the 9th inning, and Patrick’s campaign is looking strong. Can they close?
Update: Changed headline to something more respectful. No offense intended.