Today I wrote a column in the Boston Herald calling on Democratic Party officials to basically put up or shut up.
(Here is the link: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?articleid=1343355)
My premise is simple: The speculation and behind closed-doors buzz coming out of DC about finding a “top-tier” candidate to run against Senator Brown hurts the existing field. It keeps some grassroots organizers on the sidelines, impacts fundraising efforts, and drives media stories about the supposed weakness of the existing field.
The kind of thinking that is going on among Democratic Party officials in DC has not led to electoral success recently in MA. Deval Patrick emerged from a hard-fought primary in 2006 to win back the corner office after 16 years of Republican Governors, Scott Brown won the special after higher profile candidates like Andy Card opted out of running, and Suzanne Bump emerged from a tough primary last year to win against a strong Republican challenger.
Plus, we have a strong field of candidates who have announced or are seriously looking at the race. If the DC crowd has a candidate, let’s get him or her up here now to start doing the hard work at the grassroots level it will take to win in 2012.
The best thing for MA is for candidates who feel like they have a compelling reason to run for U.S. Senate to get in early, do the hard work at the grassroots level and broaden the Democratic message and vision. A clean, hard-fought primary will strengthen the party, energize the grassroots, and give us the best chance to win in 2012.
Anyway, that’s what I think. What do you think?