Why did Sen. Wilkerson chose to support the ill-conceived BU bio lab sited in Roxbury despite overwhelming opposition from constituents in her district and advocacy groups such as ACE in Roxbury, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow, a multitude of public health experts and organizations, and Dorchester People for Peace?
The Boston Globe
Rules don’t matter to Wilkerson
By Joan Vennochi, September 25, 2008
STATE SENATOR Dianne Wilkerson never lets the rules get in the way of political ambition.
After losing last week’s Democratic primary to newcomer Sonia Chang-Diaz, Wilkerson is now promising to wage a last-stand, write-in campaign – as a Democrat.
It doesn’t matter to Wilkerson that her plan for political resurrection defeats the very purpose of a Democratic primary, which is to let voters pick the Democrat who will run in the final election. For Wilkerson, the “D” stands for “diva.”
Last Tuesday, Democrats picked Chang-Diaz by a slim 228-vote margin.
Wilkerson has the right to demand a recount. But if she loses it, she isn’t giving up. She’s pulling a Joe Lieberman, minus the grace of doing it as a third-party candidate. “I’m not an independent. I’m a Democrat,” she said emphatically when she announced her intention to run a sticker campaign.
This time, she will have to run without support from big-name Democrats who endorsed her previously….
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