My motto is: any excuse to visit a Brockton suburb, I take it. So I was in Abington this morning for the first open press availability of former US Attorney Michael Sullivan's US Senate campaign, as he dropped off signature sheets at his local town hall.
He looked very Senatorial, which has long been the case. He arrived with wife and daughter, but no entourage or handlers.
I just got back from Brighton, where Boston city councilor John Connolly -- in a brand-new suit, and remembering to smile -- definitively answered the genital-related question I posed in my recent profile. So the new question is: assuming Tom Menino runs, can Connolly win?
But hey, that's a heck of a lot better than "definitely not," so let's look at the two potential pathways to victory that I can envision for him.
City councilor John Connolly will
announce Tuesday morning that he is running for mayor of Boston,
launching a campaign that will “focus on new ideas,” particularly
plans to improve the city's public schools.
Connolly discussed the decision with
several reporters Monday in advance of the official announcement.
Earlier this week, barnstorming in Pittsfield for US Senate, Congressman Ed Markey was pontificating against the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision, as he is wont to do, and said that in order to restore campaign-finance limits,
"The constitution must be amended. The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United."
For reasons I have explained before, I am a big fan of the prosaic aspects of politicians being politicians: walking in parades, interacting with animals, using oversized novelty scissors to cut ribbons, and so on.
If you enjoy these sorts of things too, I invite you to friend me on Facebook, where I most often post pictures of this type.
In this week's issue of The Phoenix -- in print and online now -- I have a column about the early start in the hypothetical congressional special election to replace Ed Markey, should he become US Senator in the upcoming special election.
A couple of quick additional notes.
First off, state representative Sean Garballey lives in and reps Arlington, not Cambridge.
Good luck to city councilor Bill Linehan, who will take his first try
at hosting the St. Patrick's Day breakfast amid the Menino-Connolly
tension; the Collins-Forry tension; the Lynch-MeehanMarkey [oops] tension... oh, and
the Linehan-Lee tension.
I'm on record saying that the breakfast should be done away with once and forever.
John Connolly's new campaign-finance filing today appears to confirm that he conducted some polling earlier this month, as he is inching closer and closer to a decision about running for mayor -- as I put it three weeks ago, we'll soon see just how big his balls are.
Andrew Ryan in the Globe is up with a story tonight that Connolly is considering running for mayor; Dave Wedge at the Herald is right behind him.
"Drew B." asks:
1) Does Navy Seal and Businessman Gabriel Gomez do any better in this
race than Marine and Businessman Sean Bielat did against Frank and
Kennedy? 2) How many of the Republicans actually make the ballot?
On part one, I'm gonna guess Gomez does well -- not winning kind of well, but not embarrassing the party kind of well.
...who comes out in the top two of this primary for mayor: John Connolly,
Marty Walsh, Rob Consalvo, Tito Jackson, Felix Arroyo, Ayanna Pressley,
Mike Ross? How about when including John Fish in that group?
Pressley and Consalvo.
Or, I don't know, could be any of them, they're all strong candidates.
Do you have any take on the special to fill the state senate seat in
Boston? Do see any other candidates beside the two who have announced?
What is your assessment on their chances?
What do you care, if you're from Holyoke?
I covered this a little in the Phoenix this week. There is a third declared candidate, in addition to state representatives Nick Collins and Linda Dorcena Forry: Maureen Dahill of South Boston.
"Anonymous" asks via email:
Are you seeing any tea leaves regarding the special election in Everett for Stat Smith's vacant seat?
I assume all elections in Everett are decided by who's counting the votes.
But no, I really don't have a sense -- especially because none of the candidates have had to file any financial reports yet.
"David" (oops) "Matt" asks:
Brown's new gig at Fox raises the question: If the governor's race comes down to Grossman vs. Baker, then who wins?
Yeah, I'll agree with you that Brown doesn't look like he's planning to run for office in Massachusetts anytime soon.
My instinct is that 2014 shapes up for Charlie Baker to beat a Beacon Hill insider figure like Steve Grossman, if that's the match-up.
How do you feel about people like Rep. Sciortino or Sen. Clark already
announcing their candidacy to replace Markey? Is it too early and
assumes too much about how the Senate race plays out, meaning voters
could be distracted? Or, is it smart for folks with lower name
recognition to jump in so early? And finally, who do you think is the
front runner for the seat -- Sciortino, Clark, or others?
Is Menino running for re-election or not? And if so, will anyone challenge him?
And "Jabari" asks:
Can you outline the timeline that will come into play for the Mayoral election and who will do what, when?
My answer to Iceman's questions is best summarized in the first section of my recent profile of Boston City Councilor John Connolly