In 2010, Mike Lake exhorted as to “believe again” and support his campaign for auditor. He didn’t get the job. Four years earlier, the Herald had told us Democrats that Deb Goldberg was the best choice for lieutenant governor. She didn’t get that job.
Well, they’re back. And you’d think they’d be interested in those same positions — especially as the lieutenant governancy is still open. Once a great potential auditor, still a great one, right? An evergreen possibility for a quality LG? Nope. Apparently Lake and Goldberg are so talented, it doesn’t really matter what job they are in, we should be happy to elect them to something. If Mike Lake isn’t auditor, why not make him LG? And since Goldberg couldn’t be elected over Tim Murray, why not put her in charge of the state’s money as treasurer? Was their some upswelling I’m not aware of demanding we find something to do with these Massachusetts treasures, somehow? Let’s just put Rondo as the Celtics’ center and put Krecji in net while we’re at it.
In the past I’ve written about my disappointment in some potentially great Democratic officeholders to shoot for a constitutional office once, give up, and never offer their talents in the State House. As if John Bonifaz, Marisa DeFranco, or Ed O’Reilly are above being state senators. But I also find it galling this attitude that someone who wanted to really reform and upgrade the auditor’s office may just as well be lieutenant governor, and someone ready to partner with the governor as LG may just as well be treasurer. Were they lying the first time about how much they wanted to change those offices? Are they lying this time? Are Mike Lake and Deb Goldberg just fickle, and how long will their attention last if we elect them? Personally, it undermines my confidence if a candidate is so convinced of what they have to offer that the actual responsibilities of a given job aren’t worth their attention. If they think treasurer, auditor, and lieutenant governor are basically interchangeable jobs, are they ready to do any of them?