Lets face it we have all been ruined by Deval Patrick. His speaking ability, charisma and his devotion to Democratic values is without equal. He like any public figure has had the paint chipped over his two terms and many believe he never went far enough but considering the times he has been well above the rest. Yet Charlie Baker certainly had us all worried 3 years ago.
So when I look and talk to the members in the field I have to keep in mind that I want a Democrat in the corner office in January 2015. For me I can not see Steve Grossman, Juliette Kayyem, Joe Avallone or Don Berwick in the corner office. None of them have shown the key ability of reaching out to the masses in their own party. On the other hand we have Martha Coakley who if you remove the failed run for the US Senate from here resume has been an extremely well schooled candidate who attracts the base and wins in the general elections. She comes with deep roots in Middlesex County that makes up almost 1/4 of the voters in Massachusetts. She has been able to pull in the un-enrolled voter in the past. Then look at the ground game she has pulled together since announcing, look at the poll numbers and the voter recognition, then add in the fact that she is personally working on her campaign and you’re seeing a candidate that has the fire we always believed she had.
The rest of the field leaves me feeling like I am watching paint dry, a chorus saying what I like to hear but unable to distinguish themselves from the field. Martha Coakley has shown her true self as she has begun to rapidly pull away from the chorus. Just look at the polls – she has found the pulse of the voters while the others are still checking to see if they have a pulse.
We need a candidate who can beat Charlie Baker in November, we need a candidate who has strong history of supporting Democratic Values, we need someone who can continue the work of our Governor and make their own set of footprints in the office. This is why I am supporting and will caucus for Martha Coakley and will attend the convention in June to help nominate her. I want the best candidate, the best Democrat, the best person we can find to be the next Governor of Massachusetts. Not just a member of the chorus