The people running the Healey campaign may be many things, but they’re not stupid. Whoever dug this story up and sent the anonymous letter to the papers will be far enough removed from the campaign that Healey will be able to maintain her indignant denials. It’s a play right out of the Karl Rove playbook. But even if someone else did this on their own, Kerry Healey still bears responsibility because her campaign has made it clear by their own actions that lies, distortions, and personal attacks rather than reasoned debate on the issues are the campaign strategy of choice. The ironic thing is that even if Healey’s hands are clean in this matter, no one’s going to believe her because they’ve heard nothing but negativity from her for the past month.
I know a lot of contributors to this site have been criticizing Deval over the past couple weeks because they wanted him to respond to Healey’s attacks by going negative on her. Personally, I was glad he stuck to his convictions that campaigns should be run on issues and not personal attacks. I hope, now that he’s decided he needs to respond to this latest outrage, that we’re at least able to focus our attacks on Healey’s record and leave the personal issues out.