Like his five rivals, Flaherty touts himself as a strong progressive. And like most, he expresses skepticism about some aspects of the state’s successful education reforms. Even so, Flaherty would deal with issues in a more thoughtful way. While supportive of union rights, he is open to at least some measures to help local governments save on employees’ health costs. He supports a destination casino but not racetrack slot machines.
A few years ago, we endorsed Flaherty for the same Senate seat, in part due to questions about Galluccio's ability to stay on the straight and narrow. The field is frankly more crowded — particularly with progressives — so we've had a harder time making our minds up. I can't object to the Globe's reasoning … though personally I don't support casinos at all. (Resort casinos are indeed preferable to racinos.)
And the Globe also mentioned Benzan for coming from outside the typical political circles. In another race, another district, Benzan and a few other of these folks would be dream candidates. As I say, it's a strong field.
(Hey Globe: No love for Albano?)