There are a huge number of factors that line up in Jill’s favor here, but there has been a virtual media blackout of her campaign (go to her website, www.jillstein.org to see the really hard-hitting press releases that she’s been sending out).
First of all, she was very well-received as the Green Party gubernatorial candidate in 2002, and people do remember her from that run. Second, Galvin’s 12-year incumbency has only seen the vital signs of our democracy take a nose-dive, people are tired of business-as-usual, and Galvin has been silent. Third, without a Republican in the race, Jill is a clear choice for reform. And fourth, as we saw in 2002, the down-ballot races tend to pick up more of the protest votes, and there has been A LOT of positive feedback from Grace Ross’s campaign. Again, without a Republican in the race, this race is a safe-haven for those who are seeking big reform.
This race is actually winnable. Despite the media blackout, and Galvin’s pretty wide name-recognition, he was only at 54% in the polls. Recent criticisms have broken through the wall of silence, and the endorsements that Jill has been racking up have taken these to heart. This is about good-government, nothing more, nothing less. And if we had an independent watchdog as chief public information officer for the Commonwealth, we would be well on our way to good government.
It’s not winnable if we sit around and wait for Tuesday, but it is winnable if people wrap their heads around what it could mean for the state if we had an advocate in that office, and then get to work spreading the word.
Please send the newspaper endorsements to your friends and colleagues in Massachusetts and ask them to send them on to their friends and colleagues. People simply aren’t aware of this contest. And let’s see if we can fill up the Got Democracy? Meter below to help get Jill’s message out far and wide: