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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    He couched it with a couple disclaimers--i.e., they're still working on the official count, and there'll be some procedural challenges--but Chris Gabrieli just announced that he believes he has the 15 percent necessary to make the primary ballot.

    Gabrieli's fist-pumping, high-fiving press conference also offered proof that politics is like junior high school: as the Gabrieli camp clustered for his announcement, Deval Patrick's supporters made a point of standing in the background and holding up their signs--which, I should note, are bigger than Gabrieli's--in an effort to mess up his photo op.

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    More unofficial numbers, being circulated by the Reilly camp: Patrick at 59.5 percent, Reilly at 25, Gabrieli at 15.9. (These are projected final numbers.)

    Great result for Tom Reilly if these hold up.

    Also, regarding that last-minute deal that may have put Gabrieli over the top--word is the 19 legislators who wrote that pro-Gabrieli letter a couple weeks back may have been instrumental in brokering it.

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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    The new buzz at the convention has Gabrieli getting 15.4 percent, enough to make the primary ballot. One source tells me he was down 50 delegates until a deal was cut at the last minute to put him 30 over.

    UPDATE: The Gabrieli camp was about to make an official announcement, but held off because, as they told the press, "new information had come to light." So take the above with a grain of salt.

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    The AG just announced that he topped 15 percent.

    Still no word from Gabrieli.

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Broken down by senate district, as they come in:

    First Bristol and Plymouth: Gabrieli 12 delegates, Patrick 41, Reilly 78, no vote 0

    Bristol and Norfolk: Gabrieli 12, Patrick 65, Reilly 14, no vote 1

    Worcester, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin: Gabrieli 21, Patrick 28, Reilly 30, no vote 0

    Second Suffolk and Middlesex: Gabrieli 11, Patrick 81, Reilly 23, no vote 3

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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly

    Unofficial LG results from the Tim Murray camp: 48 percent Murray, 29 percent for Andrea Silbert, 23 percent for Deborah Goldberg.



  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    This just in from the convention floor: Chris Gabrieli could be anywhere from 50 votes under to 50 votes over. (Based on current estimates, he'll need about 610 votes to get on the primary ballot.)

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    The LG nomination seemed to have the best potential to prolong the convention: Deval Patrick should top 50 percent on one ballot, as should Bill Galvin, but Tim Murray--despite being a hometown favorite--looked like something of a question mark. This morning, though, Boston mayor Tom Menino announced he was backing Murray, thereby making it more likely things will wrap up quickly.

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Update: the convention had ground to a halt while the party pondered about two dozen challenges regarding the eligibility of delegates to vote. It was arcane procedural stuff, and apparently pretty pro forma; there's no indication that one campaign was actively working to screw another. Now the various challenges seem to have resolved, and the party's trying to round everybody up for the big vote.

    More to come, obviously.

  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Quick reaction to Tom Reilly's just-concluded speech: it was very, very smart. Maybe I'm being too generous due to low expectations, but of the three Democrats, Reilly made the best case that he's the candidate who can win the support of independent voters.

    One example: "Many of them used to be Democrats. They share our values, but too often vote against our candidates.

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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    Compare and contrast:

    "I've done my best to earn a place on the September ballot. Now it's up to you. So right here, right now, I'd like to ask you one last time to give me the chance to keep talking about my ideas to get results for Massachusetts... I'm asking for your vote. Let me join my friends--I'm asking you to let me join my friends, fellow Democrats Tom Reilly and Deval Patrick, in this primary, by giving me your vote on the first ballot.

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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    It's early yet, but today's convention high point could be Deborah Goldberg's pre-speech video, in which she play-acted various jobs she did at Stop & Shop back in the day (sweeping the floor, stocking the shelves, etc.). Each job got a fun political twist--e.g., replenishing the candy supply and fending off overeager kids has prepared Goldberg to deal with lobbyists! Nice absurdist self-pardoy, Deb.

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  • June 03, 2006
    By Adam Reilly
    There's been no rules-change proposal so far. Ted Kennedy's speech, which is still going on, seems like a bit of a snoozer. As of 8 p.m., just 2600 of the convention's 5100 delegates and alternates were actually in the building. And worst of all, things are running about a half-hour behind schedule--Fightin' Joe DeNucci was supposed to take center stage at 7:40, but Kennedy is still testifying.

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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.


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