Founder of MA’s United Independent Party, Evan Falchuk remains optimistic but not blind. He knows polls have him in low single digits for the governor’s race, but has two clear goals. Sure he wants to win the top spot on Nov. 4, but he also craves 3% of the vote to make his UIP an official party for the next election.
This was is his second go on Left Ahead. Both times, he was plain about the unfair party/independent fund-raising and ballot-access rules. Without whining, he noted that the two recognized parties’ candidates have a 10:1 advantage. For example, Charlie Baker, the GOP nominee, can charge $30,0000 a couple at a fundraising dinner. Falchuk or the other two independents would be limited to $3,000 per year. We can debate whether a Falchuk or Jeff McCormick or Scott Lively would attract $15,000 per plate donors, but the limits are set up front.
Click below to listen in to Falchuk on his positions and campaign, in a 36-minute show.
We spent a fair amount of time discussing the future of the UIP. Yes, he definitely expects to get his 3% this time and next. Yes, he envisions a full slate of statewide candidates, unlike the MA GOP.Yes, he has connected commonwealth-wide with numerous candidates eager to get in the game. Yes, he believes MA voters are disgruntled enough and savvy enough to support emerging alternative parties.
He has had his predictable elite-club struggles, and remains undaunted. Beyond funding rules, for example, MA’s biggest paper just ran a pathetic editorial trying to justify not inviting any of the three independent gubernatorial candidates to participate in its key televised debate; see that here. That referred to Falchuk, Jeff McCormick and Scott Lively (all qualified for the Nov. ballot) as “lesser” candidates, and wrote that voters deserved to hear only from the two most likely winners. Excuse me, Father God.
Likewise, Falchuk noted that the pollsters, including those commissioned by the paper were way off base on the recent primary. Don Berwick, Steve Grossman and Mark Fisher each did much better, at least 10% above the polls. There were no apologies from anyone.
To that issue, Falchuk is more sanguine than I about MA voters. he believes they may take awhile to pay attention but they get around to the big issues and can handle informed decisions. He also bemoaned the recent statewide 16% primary turnout. He believes candidates and voters alike are not inspired to participate anymore. That’s the entry he sees for his UIP.
Click above to hear him speak of Berwick’s b big ideas then quick switch to Martha Coakley supporter, Berwick supporters switch allegiance to him, Baker’s elitism, and other parties’ disdain for voters.
I ended praising him for being one of the few candidates who don’t pull out their index cards of talking points.