Part one- The Corner Office
As summer starts to wind down, the 2014 election season is heating up in Massachusetts. First, some important dates:
Wednesday, August 20- This is the last day to register to vote and to change party enrollment. If you haven’t already done this…please do!!
Tuesday, September 9th- This is Primary Day! Today is the day you go out and vote for the person you think will best represent you !
Now..onto the races….first up the race for the corner office.
This year we will elect a new governor. On the GOP side, there is Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher. Baker is, by far, the frontrunner in this race. Barring some sort of miracle by the Fisher campaign, Baker’s name will be the one on the ballot in November. In my opinion, Mark Fisher (a tea party candidate) is just too ….well…tea party to stand a chance at the corner office. Most voters realize this and most GOP voters will vote for the person in the primary that they believe stands the best chance against the Democratic candidate.
One the Democratic side of the race, we have Coakley, Grossman and Berwick as the top 3 candidates at the moment. Coakley, the current AG, is the frontrunner but she is involved in a heated race with Grossman, the current treasurer. Berwick, a pediatrician and former health official for the Obama administration is considered the “outsider” in the race although he has a pretty strong grassroots effort going on right now.
This year, the race to follow will definitely be the democratic gubernatorial primary. Really, it seems like Coakley’s to lose and she certainly has a history of losing races that she should have won ( Brown). One hopes she has learned the lessons of that failed campaign. Grossman, rightfully so, is focusing on Coakley’s tendency to put political advantage above the best interests of the people she represents, such as the Partner’s Healthcare deal as well as refusal to take any action regarding former Lawrence Mayor Lantigua in order not to alienate Latino voters in Lawrence.
It’s entirely possible that Berwick could be the dark horse to win this primary (possible, but not likely). That would be an interesting race- Berwick vs. Baker.
My prediction? It will be Coakley v. Baker and Baker will be in the corner office come January.
"It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)