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  • June 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    George McGovern's rambling, periodically offensive speech.

    First, McGovern praises his namesake, MA congressman Jim McGovern, for campaigning with Bill Clinton during the impeachment fight, when other Democratic congressmen shunnned him. He sets the stage as follows:

    [Clinton] had fallen under the allure of a female intern.





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  • June 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Strangest thing I've seen after a half hour in Worcester: a Teamsters semi decorated with a big-ass lightning bolt, bearing the motto "STRIKE FORCE," and plastered with Tom Reilly for Governor signs. As far as I can tell, it's just cruising around the arena, tooting its horn.

    Whatever works, I guess.


  • June 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    As I blog from the state Democratic convention in Worcester tonight and tomorrow, I'd love to speak with anyone who's got a dime to drop about the proceedings. Feel free to call me on my cell (number rashly provided above) or email me at areilly@phx.com.

    Here's the sort of thing I'm looking for: a credible source tells me LG candidate Andrea Silbert is poised to break 15 percent on her own tomorrow, without any kind of backroom dealing.

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  • June 02, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Oh, that mischevous Deval Patick! Could he be trying to keep Tom Reilly off the Democratic primary ballot?

    Here's a fun exercise: ask yourself whether Reilly would throw Patrick a few delegates if the AG was sure to win the convention and Patrick was hovering around 15 percent. I'm guessing he wouldn't.

    Any Reilly partisans care to disagree?





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  • June 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Sounds like the Massachusetts Democratic Party is determined to maintain the 15 percent rule at this weekend's convention.* Here's what party chair Phil Johnston told me a few minutes ago:

    We’re fully prepared for any effort to change the rules, and we will do everything we can to beat back any such efforts. We will not support any rules changes, and we will fight any and all changes.


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  • June 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    That's a bit melodramatic, but hear me out.

    Most convention-watchers are bracing for a proposal to lower the 15 percent threshold. Obviously, this would help Chris Gabrieli and Tom Reilly get on the ballot. But what if the Deval Patrick contingent could force through a change *raising* the threshold to, say, 20 percent--thereby knocking Reilly and Gabrieli out?



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  • June 01, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Interesting question raised in today's column by the Globe's Adrian Walker: if Deval Patrick were white, would he be the favorite in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination? Patrick thinks so, apparently:

    Patrick himself is part of the conspiracy of silence. To his credit, race isn't what his campaign is about.


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