The Second Suffolk legislator is finishing a fascinating primary race. With no Republican, it's either Wilkerson or second-time challenger Sonia Chang-Díaz. The primary winner gets the seat. It's all the more interesting because of the very similar, progressive platforms of both candidates. Chang-Díaz is banking on voter fatigue with Wilkerson's non-legislative problems. Just two weeks ago, Wilkerson accepted a plea bargain from the commonwealth for campaign-finance violations. We'll ask her how she'll differentiate herself from the challenger and whether voters agree with her that she's “closed the book” on the personal troubles.
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This is a big chance to answer important questions about your legal issues. Your constituents deserve to hear you talk about these problems, even if it’s only to apologize and promise to do better in the future. More often than not, public contrition has proven a very effective political life-preserver. Avoiding the interview will merely add fuel to the flames and solidify the positions of your detractors.
…we’re very flexible (we did candidate Pat McCabe’s podcast on a Sunday evening to accommodate his sked). I also let Sen. Wilkerson’s scheduler know that and I’ll update this if either aide returns the promised re-sked.
Last night was a debate at the Ward 9 committee between Sonia Chang-Diaz and Dianne Wilkerson. The issue of the campaign finances did not come up once.
p>Dianne said about Deval Patrick that “he is committed to endorse me”. She also indicated that she is not happy with him about CORI reform, which she feels Patrick said he would address on the campaign trail.
p>Interestingly, Dianne said that the legislature would get called back into session in the fall to cut more items from the budget. She said “with a hope and a prayer” that they won’t cut education.
p>The Ward 9 committee endorsed Dianne Wilkerson for the primary.
Somehow I missed that it was even coming up. Thanks for the update.