Yes, there’s a carefully-crafted laundry list of progressive positions in every TV ad, but then there are three good candidates in the race already, each with bona fide progressive credentials.
The only discernible reason for Steve Pagliuca to run is to tip the balance of power even further towards the already-wealthy and already-powerful in any any future Congressional battles over the rights and interests of workers, consumers, small businesses, etc.
Pagliuca told the AP that Kennedy was wrong to focus on Ampad and ignore the total number of jobs that Romney created through other deals.
is just another version of “Nothing personal, just business”, combined with an arrogant hyper-capitalist worldview that holds jobs hostage to profits. Does he really believe either that this is a fitting tribute to Ted Kennedy’s legacy or that this will generate votes among likely primary voters?
What you stand for is not what you say in an expensive ad campaign, it’s what you do and whose interests you side with when push comes to shove. Keeping corporate power in check is one of the core jobs of Congress, not to mention a principle held dear by the late Senator Kennedy and most — if not all — of the current delegation. It’s clear Pagliuca has no idea how out-of-step with working people these comments make him seem, and that’s revealing.
The best case is that this candidate has an extremely tin ear when it comes to progressive politics, and the worst case is that this candidacy is driven by extreme cynicism, born of the opinion that being rich makes you an expert at everything, and the realization that even an imitation of Romney’s success at pretending to be a moderate would not be enough to elect him as a Republican this time around.
Sorry, Mr. Pagliuca; your past support of Republicans, your acknowledgment of Mitt Romney’s mentorship, your way of making a living, your apparent disdain for working Americans, and the possibility that electing you would replace the country’s greatest champion of universal, affordable health care with another foot-dragging, Blue Dog, insurance-industry apologist, have all been determined to be preexisting conditions that disqualify you from receiving Democratic-vote coverage.
It would be a “win-win” for the Commonwealth to send one of three honest, progressive candidates to Washington, while Steve Pagliuca continues to focus on his excellent stewardship of the Boston Celtics, for which he deserves our gratitude, and through which he can provide far more benefit to the citizens of Massachusetts than he would — we now know, if we didn’t before — as a U.S. Senator.