This is your #mapoli version of The Outside Scoop! (with Jackie Harvey)
- You know, we actually do have a gubernatorial race next year. The Dems are going to run a candidate — even against the supposedly invincible Charlie Baker. Setti Warren is in, and has John Walsh and Kevin Franck helping him out. Bob Massie is running. Jay Gonzalez is in. Will Dan Wolf jump in? If so, under ordinary circumstances that wouldn’t be a bad Dem field.Here’s Setti’s quote (I’ll use his first name to avoid confusion with a certain other Warren):
“[Baker’s popularity] doesn’t affect me at all,” Warren said. “[From] talking to folks, I believe the issue of our time is economic inequality. I am hearing directly from residents the fact that they are working harder than they ever have and they cannot afford the basic costs of things like education, they cannot afford transportation and housing. And they are having real challenges with health care. These are real vital to giving people a foundation of economic opportunity.”
Warren talks up single-payer, free college … aaaaand the Fair Share (millionaire’s) tax in his announcement email. That last one is going to be a wedge vs. Baker.
If there’s a chance for a Democrat against Baker, it’s in addressing big issues of inequality and cost of living. As we and others have been saying, Baker gets high approval ratings for minding the bureaucratic store; but with the budget shortfall (e.g.) he’s now coming up against long-term structural problems that require political risk — and the biggest risk may well be an abundance of caution. Give former Gov. Patrick credit, by contrast — he tried to push the envelope.
- Who’s got their ear to the ground in the Bristol/Norfolk Senate special election to replace James Timilty? The primary is Sept. 19, general October 17 (weird). It’s former Bernie Sanders State campaign director Paul Feeney vs. Ted Phillips of Sharon. TV personality (and, ahem, Trump voter) Joe Shortsleeve has decided to go indie.
- There are (at least) three candidates for Ken Donnelly’s Senate Seat (4th Middlesex: Arlington, Lexington, Billerica, Woburn): Rep. Sean Garballey, Donnelly’s chief of staff Cindy Friedman (who has received the endorsement of Donnelly’s family), and former Lexington School Committee chair (and EmergeMA alumna) Mary Ann Stewart. I’m watching the various endorsements and their reasons carefully. The primary is June 27.
- Who’s would run for Garballey’s State Rep seat should he win the late Sen. Ken Donnelly’s seat? Surely Arlingtonians must be gossiping already.
- Who’s been to an Indivisible event lately? I get the emails from the Indivisible MA-5 team, which is an absolute beehive. They were making calls for Montana US Rep candidate Rob Quist on Sunday. SwingLeft? What’s the word? What are you hearing? What are we doing to export MA’s bountiful political culture and enlightenment to poor benighted places that don’t have it? 😀