You're seeing it here first -- Ayanna Pressley is releasing this video today as part of her final push toward Tuesday's city council election. (My thoughts on the state of the race are coming in a post later today. Also, I'll be talking about it on BNN's All About Boston tonight.)
It's Pressley talking to the camera, mixed with violiny background music and images of her with various everyday-looking citizen types (mostly older folks, AKA likely voters) -- and one older photo with her mother, in which Pressley is lookin' pretty Chicago stylish if you ask me.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I analyze Mitt Romney's contributions and find that three-quarters of his high-dollar donors from 2007 have deserted him in his second run.
In fact, of those who gave a large contribution in the first week of that first Presidential campaign -- those you would imagine to be his strongest supporters -- only 40% have contributed to him this year.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner made it official this morning, setting the state's Presidential primary for January 10. That's one week after the Iowa caucuses, and will be followed by South Carolina on Jan. 21, then Florida, Nevada, and the rest of the pack.
The final shakeout of the scheduling dance is, in my opinion, to reinforce what I've said all along: Iowa's religious conservatives will be a huge key to the GOP nomination.
I have suggested for a long time that Mitt Romney could have a problem in the 2012 election cycle with his connections to the world of high finance. It's not just his own personal history with Bain Capital, but his close connections with people who make a lot of money by moving around large sums of money. Ever since the big collapse of 2008, such people are not exactly well-loved by the American people.