1. Putting people back to work: I follow the commentary on BMG closely, and I know that there is some concern about Steve’s record at Bain. However, I have reviewed it extensively, and I am confident that his record of growing companies and creating jobs is real and impressive, and that this experience will serve him well in the US Senate. We need more elected officials who understand the economy and what it takes to grow jobs in the private sector – Steve’s skills and experience will help Washington better understand what policies and initiatives will produce jobs. His focus on investing in job training, job tax credits, and investment in the jobs of the future will work nicely with the Governor’s initiatives and benefit many residents of Massachusetts who need help now.
2. Fixing the financial system: The lack of strong regulation under the Bush administration is one of the reasons for the current economic crisis. Yet even though we know this, we still have not seen Congress pass a comprehensive financial reform package. This is unacceptable. Steve has spent a lot of time on this issue – well before he ran for office – and has put forth a well-thought out, aggressive federal initiative that would help prevent the abuses that caused the financial meltdown. We can’t afford to wait much longer, and Steve would bring a strong, respected voice to this issue in the Senate.
3. Passing health care reform: The passage of the bill in the House presented an opportunity for the candidates in this race to deal with this issue in real-time. I believe that Steve made the right call on this issue, avoiding the pitfalls of a wedge issue designed to kill the best chance we have at universal health care and declaring his support for passing health care reform now. I don’t doubt that other candidates have taken principled positions on this issue – I just believe that in the heat of the campaign, Steve showed admirable judgment in declaring he would be a reliable 60th vote in the Senate.
For these reasons, along with the fact that he has refused special interest and PAC money, I support Steve Pagliuca for Senate. That doesn’t imply anything negative about the other candidates – they are all extremely good people, and I will proudly support whichever candidate emerges on Dec. 8.
But I do believe that Steve Pagliuca is the candidate best suited to meet the challenges we currently face as a Commonwealth and a nation, and I will proudly cast my vote for him on Dec. 8.
As always, I look forward to your comnents. Thanks.