Mihos on the ballot. Does it matter?

Official word just went out from Christy's campaign, via a succinct press release you'll find reprinted below.

Which raises the question: is Mihos going to have a serious impact on this race, or is he destined (as the Herald's Ginny Buckingham recently posited) to be an ineffectual vanity candidate?

As much as I like Mihos personally--and as much as my personal reaction to candidates tends to inform my sense of their political potential--I'm leaning toward Ginny's analysis. But maybe I'm jumping the gun here. Anyone out there think Mihos is a force to be reckoned with? If I'm missing something, please let me know...

Now, here's what Mihos had to say earlier:

Independent candidates will appear on the ballot this November

BOSTON – Independent gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos and running mate John J. Sullivan turned in more than 26,000 signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on Wednesday afternoon, securing their place on the general election ballot in November.

“The people of Massachusetts have spoken, and their message is loud and clear,” Mihos said after turning in petitions on Wednesday afternoon. “They want to have an independent voice in the corner office in November, and I’m encouraged by this incredible showing of support.”

Of the 26,000 signatures Mihos and Sullivan received, the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office certified 18,193 of them on Wednesday afternoon. Mihos and Sullivan only needed 10,000 certified signatures to have their names placed on the ballot in November and they collected nearly double that number.

“I’m honored to be on the ballot this November with John Sullivan, and I know the two of us can make this Commonwealth a better place for all residents,” Mihos said. “I’m excited at this opportunity to represent Massachusetts, and I’m looking forward to meeting more residents, visiting more towns and discussing more issues this fall.”

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