New Pagliuca Ad October 7, 2009 By matt-in-boston Steve Pagliuca’s my guy for senate. Here’s one of the reasons why: Disclosure: I’m Steve’s Field Director. Please share widely! 00
I’m guessing Pags tops out at 5% in the prelim.
This ad is why Steve’s your candidate?
p>Rather than critique the ad, I would rather hear in your own words why Steve is a better candidate than Capuano or Coakley.
p>For me, I think it will be almost impossible for him to live down his lack of interest in voting and his support for Republicans. My past experience with VC types also does not give me warm and fuzzy feelings about people in that profession nor lead me to believe that he would really have any useful insight into the Economy or job creation.
I get that you’re working for the guy, so a) it’s hard to be cleared to do anything in your own words, and b) of course we’ll take it with a grain of salt.
p>So you’re excused in advance for not responding.
p>But most of us are simply befuddled. Unlike Kevin, I like VCs, I’m not worried about his support for Republicans, et al. I just don’t get: why run? Honestly.
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p>(P.S.) The Celtics Turnaround = An unbelievably generous Kevin McHale giving us KG for Big Al, plus Danny drafting Rondo.
Seriously in this town if Pags simply ran on the Celtics turn around it would be a lot more effective than these cheesy, generic ads.
p>Oh btw ‘Matt in Boston’ thanks for showing up to BMG and for having the courage to admit your a shill. The smarter politicians make sure their operatives don’t announce it to the world.
p>I also think it is telling that the only confirmed Pags supporter on this site is getting paid by his campaign. Honestly if it was legal you know he could afford to mail every registered Dem a $10 check.
How about some court-side seats? 😉
There aren’t enough court-side seats in the current place to win any elections.
p>He should rename it “Pagliuca For Senate Garden,” and make sure it’s always referred to by that name.
The smarter politicians make sure their operatives don’t announce it to the world.
Matt is adhering to our rules by disclosing his affiliation. Are you saying you would prefer he didn’t? Matt and I do not share a candidate preference this time around, but he’s doing exactly what he should be doing in terms of engaging this community.
Matt is doing exactly what he should with respect to disclosing his affiliation. As for the rest, if he truly wants to engage with this community he really should be doing more than just posting a commercial that anyone with a tv is going to see many times.
They can be quite likable, but they are in the business to make money for their investors, not to help the economy or create jobs. Good VCs are good at raising money, and good at making bets on needy companies. They often help companies succeed but they also help many companies fail when they do not meet the investors growth expectations. So his role as a senior VC does not make me dislike him as a person — I have no doubt he is a fine person — but it does make me dislike him as a candidate.
I actually have nothing against businessmen in general and frankly think applying some of the principles of corporate management and the best practices of some of the best firms could really streamline government and make it more efficient. Frankly a good VC could make a great mayor or governor (none of them have the patience to pass and debate legislation). For me I distrust this guy because he only recently became a Democrat for all intensive purposes, because he has only now when he is a candidate taken stances on the important issues, he only recently registered to vote. If a guy doesn’t care about his own local government, the place where his vote actually has the most impact on his community, how can we trust him to care about his state or his country?
p>If Pags was out there giving money to causes to stop the Iraq War, making speeches, taking hard stances, asking the government to tax him more, demanding that we have better schools, basically if he was acting like Warren Buffet or Chris Gabrielli, actually involving himself in political life outside of being a candidate, actually improving people’s lives like even Alan Khazei did with his money, I would take him seriously. Instead he just seems like yet another millionaire who looks at himself in the mirror and still is unsatisfied with his wealth and accomplishments and suddenly feels having millions approve of him with their votes and having the stature and power of being a Senator will validate his life. And frankly I am tired of these guys who are so cynical that they think we will stroke their ego’s for them.
p>We have three real public servants in the race, one of whom was able to do a great deal for his country outside of public office, and although I am supporting the candidate with the most experience to be an effective Senator and with the best positions on the issues (Capuano) I respect his two opponents who also have committed their lives to public service. Even while he is running for Senator for Pags this seems less like public service and more like a continuation of his self-service, albeit on a much grander (and more perverse) scale.
“I’m not worried about his support for Republicans, et al.”
p>Um, why not?
-Does not give up
-Is a “progressive”, according to himself
-Is a venture capitalist
p>Well, I’m sold.
These ads could have been for Romney’s senate race or Romney’s governor’s race. Pablum. And shame on us if this guy gets more than 5% of the primary vote.
I give props to Matt for the post.
p>While I have another preference for the Senate, it’s good to have operatives that aren’t reluctant to mess it up outside their campaign structures.
p>Since folks on this site self-select for political activism – and tend to be somewhat more opinionated than the grassroots – it takes a certain amount of stones to post in largely hostile territory.
p>More importantly, those of us who support other candidates will be better off for those candidates’ approaches and policies being sharpened by primary opponents.
p>And, for what it’s worth, operatives and supporters aren’t mutually exclusive.