Larson, who three years ago was number one on Boston Magazine’s list of the 100 most powerful women in the city, said in an interview that she believed that Patrick had far more private and public-sector experience than Healey.
“Deval Patrick wants to reach out and will build an administration that’s inclusive of Democrats, Republicans, and independents representing the best and the brightest,” Larson said. Among Republicans joining her in backing Patrick is Francis W. Hatch Jr., the former GOP House minority leader and the party’s 1978 nominee for governor.
Democrats hope Larson’s decision to join the Patrick campaign will insulate him against Healey’s strategy to paint him as a left-leaning liberal who espouses anti-business policies…
The entire story is linked here.
What does this mean? If Republicans for Patrick is (are?) successful, in combination with the field organization, good debate performance and positioning on issues, this could set the stage for the largest landside in Massachusetts politics in some time.
Usually it is the Republicans, making headlines with “Democrats for Whoever(R)for Governor”. Gloria Larson now gives cover for other high stature Republicans, tired of the Mitt Romney/ Kerry Healey administraion abuses and incompetence to come over to the otherside.
Nice work! Good signs of a coalition that finally envisions real “smart government” instead of winning a position to be used just a stepping stone. And it also looks like once and for all we’ll do away with the last 16 years of practice in coercing higher level newly hired State Government managers to change their party registration to (R) in order to boost party enrollment.
Too bad some enterprising reporter doesn’t take the time to look at the “coincidence” of changing party affiliation in conjunction with getting hired/promoted in state government over the last 16 years. Or maybe they could find first party confirmation from current or former employees about this outrageous practice. Strange ideas about “party building” in my book. Abuse of power? Maybe. Outrageous? Definately.