The most striking thing about the treasurer’s debate was that there was very little difference between the candidates on issues affecting the office of treasurer. In fact, near the end of the debate the candidates were asked each to respond to four of five questions, and I couldn’t find any difference between the candidates.
The one difference that did occur happened early. Republican Polito said that she wouldn’t seek to increase the lottery’s advertising budget, Democrat Grossman will.
So here’s the conundrum. How aggresively do we want the next Treasurer to market the lottery? Presumably, most of the people on this blog will vote for a progressive, and Grossman is clearly the most progressive candidate.
But there are also a lot of people on this blog who oppose increased gambling. Who should they vote for–the progressive who wants to increase gambling, or the conservative who won’t increase the advertising budget for the lottery?
I understand that I am oversimplifying here. There are people against casinos for other (good) reasons besides the increased gambling. And there may be people who think there are other issues in the treasurer’s race that overide the issue of how the lottery is run.
And I wouldn’t want to take my logic too far, which would lead to us supporting the least capable person we can find, in the hope that their incompetence would lead to less gambling.
But still the race, as it is, is a conundrum.