Holy smokes — if this is true, we’re in for a colorful next few years if Patrick wins. I thought the Healey Three did protest too much that they *actually* supported Deval Patrick, even as they sang Kerry Healey’s praises in public just two days after the primary. But now Kim Atkins says sources from both the Healey campaign and the Democratic Party are telling her that Sen. Steven Baddour (D-Methuen) made commitments to help out the Healey campaign:
He repeatedly contacted our campaign behind the scenes offering to do field work as well as fund raising, said the Healey Committee official. Clearly, the senator is trying to cover his bases.
Baddour, who spoke to the Herald via cell phone while en route to a Patrick event, said he is friendly with many Republicans – including some working for Healeys campaign – and may have made joking comments that he would back Healey after the Democratic candidate he backed – Attorney General Tom Reilly – lost the primary. But he said he never, never offered to help Healey on the stump.
That is absolutely not true, Baddour said. I am 100 percent with Deval Patrick and Tim Murray.
… But Democratic sources told the Herald that Baddour had conversations with Democratic associates before the primary, saying that if Reilly lost, he would reach out to Healey. He said he was going to call Healey first thing Wednesday morning after the primary, one source said.
Well, either Kim’s sources or Baddour are not telling the truth. I have to say that so far, the evidence favors Kim’s sources: What exactly were Baddour & Co. doing lauding Healey in the middle of a campaign? “What — is there a campaign going on? Who knew?”
Here’s my hypothesis: The Healey Three actually believed the line that Patrick was unelectable — in spite of all evidence to the contrary. So they jumped onto the Healey bandwagon — good seats still available — as soon as the real campaign started. The very next day, Patrick’s sporting a 39-point lead in the polls. Oops. Damage control, anyone?
Now here’s the interesting thing: If the reports are true, what exactly did Baddour have to gain from a Healey administration that he couldn’t get from a Patrick administration? Any thoughts?