How old are the candidates in the Democratic primary?
33: State Representative James Eldridge
35: Former Lancaster Selectman Stephen Kerrigan
36: State Representative Barry Finegold
53: Former Lowell Mayor Eileen Donoghue
53: Sheriff James DiPaola
60: Middlesex College Dean Niki Tsongas
72: State Representative James Miceli
I think that when a candidate is on the younger side, he or she has to demonstrate experience. When a candidate is on the older end, he or she has to demonstrate energy and freshness.
I don’t know much about the two most senior members of the primary field, Rep. Miceli and Dean Tsongas, but I don’t doubt that their energy levels will be evidenced on the campaign trail. Miceli, for instance, graduated from college while Eisenhower was President, so the burden of proof is on him to demonstrate the necessary vigor for the rigors of Congressional life.
How do you think age will play out as a factor in the race?