The other day I slammed the generic content on the issues page of Michael Sullivan's new web site. Today in the Globe, Eric Moskowitz reveals that it's even worse than I thought -- it's pretty much all lifted from the web site of the last campaign Paul Moore managed, for congressional candidate Richard Tisei.
I video-bomb the hell out of the new Gabs Gomez video. At one point you can see me checking my email and Twitter instead of paying attention to him.
Actually, I waspaying attention; I was checking his speech as he was giving it against the prepared version emailed to me by the campaign. As I noted in my blog post afterward, he skipped large chunks of the prepared speech (hence my rapid scrolling that you see).
I hate to start off so early in the cycle blasting campaigns as utterly incompetent and drowning in stupidity, but this is just a staggering piece of idiocy that I need to scream about.
You see, Michael Sullivan's web site went live today, and I went straight to the issues page. I have combed through it three times now (yes, this is how I spend my Sundays) and I cannot find one single thing that would distinguish this as a campaign taking place in Massachusetts.
There's a story starting to spread that Stephen Lynch is the only member of the Massachusetts delegation who did not sign an amicus brief, from the lion's share of congressional Democrats, against the Defense of Marriage Act.
It's true. And the excuse given, that some e-mail glitch must have kept his staff from receiving the information, sure sounds a little fishy, right?
I think Republican US Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez has gotten an unfair rap for avoiding the press and public -- it's normal for a candidate, especially an inexperienced one entering a high-profile campaign, to take a little prep time before throwing himself to the wolves. Normally, that's part of the pre-announcement phase, but in this case, thanks to Scott Brown's dithering, Gomez had no choice but to launch immediately and start gathering signatures.
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.
"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.
The GOP count of declared candidates scouring the Commonwealth for signatures entered the day at three: the obscure Jon Fetherston, the unseen Gabriel Gomez, and the earnest Dan Winslow.
We also entered the day with rumors that former US Attorney Michael Sullivan was poised to enter the race. A "draft Michael Sullivan" movement has been gathering signatures, but it was unclear whether they were doing so on his behalf.
I realize that the Republican candidates for US Senate are just beginning to ramp up operations, and I don't expect them to be ready with policy declarations on every issue under the sun. But yesterday offered up what I consider a tap-in putt for them, and it's a little disappointing that the top two contenders chose not to swing.
Some people have asked me of late: Why does it appear that the entire Romney-Baker-Brown Massachusetts GOP establishment is backing an unknown guy with little history of helping the party, over Dan Winslow, who was Governor Mitt Romney's chief counsel and campaign attorney for Scott Brown?
Well, I don't have the full answer for you.
Here it is folks -- Republican Gabriel Gomez's YouTube video announcing his entry into the special election for US Senate. Themes: he's a Navy SEAL and a businessman in Boston; Washington sucks; and habla espanol.
PS: Here's his web site.
Jonah Pesner has decided not to run in the US Senate special election; he is sending the following statement to supporters:
Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues, The past
few weeks have been among the most exhilarating of my life. As many of
you know, I was encouraged to explore the opportunity to represent the
people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States Senate.
Congressman Michael Capuano announced in a statement this afternoon that he will not run in the (presumed) upcoming special election for US Senate.
Ed Markey is the only declared candidate at this point. Congressman Steve Lynch is seriously considering it, and has said he will likely announce his plans after John Kerry's (presumed) confirmation as Secretary of State, expected later this month.
Rabbi Jonah Pesner of Newton is seriously exploring a potential campaign for US Senate, as a Democrat in the special election to succeed John Kerry. Kerry is expected to be confirmed as Secretary of State within a few weeks.
Pesner, a married father of four, tells me that he began having "exploratory conversations" about three weeks ago, and is moving forward with the process.
Two sides of the Cap-for-Senate possibility. First, "Anonymous" asks:
What happens to Mike Capuano if he loses his second Dem primary despite
being in Congress for over 10 years in the most heavily Dem district in
the state? Could he run statewide a third time and win? Does he risk a
primary challenge in the state's minority majority district?