February 9, 2006


Democrat Bell backs GOP's Healey for governor (Richard Gaines, 2/09/06, Gloucester Daily Times)

The launch yesterday of Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey's Republican campaign for governor got a bipartisan boost from Gloucester's Democratic mayor.

John Bell praised Healey as a hands-on friend to Gloucester and its sibling cities and towns that have struggled through the recession at the short end of the long, thin delivery line of dollars.

"She's accessible no matter what your problem," Bell told a packed ballroom at the Omni Parker House. "She doesn't discriminate between big and little cities. She's always been there."

Bell was the second of three speakers before Healey. She strode to the microphone to proclaim her beliefs and core issues: "fiscal responsibility," "top-quality education," "family" and "care for those who cannot help themselves."

The ever-present fear of "one-party rule" in a state whose legislative branch is controlled overwhelmingly by Democrats was the platform superstructure intended to propel a member of the small Republican minority — 12 percent of registered voters — to a fifth straight election as governor.

The GOP hammerlock on the MA governorship has to drive Democrats nuts (nuttser?).

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2006 8:53 PM

Since the GOP governors are almost powerless, I doubt it bothers Democratic voters much. GOP governorships don't check liberalism, just corruption/patronage.

Posted by: pj at February 9, 2006 9:06 PM

Strode - image of confident, strong person.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 9, 2006 9:33 PM

It will be fun to see Massachusetts Democrats holding up "Down with Kerry" signs and other less charitable sayings during the course of the campaign. Heck, they may even secretly enjoy it a little themselves.

Posted by: John at February 9, 2006 9:40 PM

"The GOP hammerlock on the MA governorship has to drive Democrats nuts." No, since the governor is so powerless, they have nothing to lose, but gain a scapegoat to blame when things get bad.

Posted by: ic at February 9, 2006 10:12 PM

pj,ic - the governor is pretty weak given the large Dem majorities in the Statehouse. That said OJ is right that the GOP holding the governorship in the state considered #1 Democratic in the country (i.e. Kennedy, Kerry, Dukakis) must drive the Dems nuts. Any maybe someday the GOP governor will use their office to try ahd build up the GOP party in the state.

Posted by: AWW at February 9, 2006 11:51 PM


Posted by: AllenS at February 10, 2006 8:02 AM

How Republicans become mayors of Boston and governors of Massachusetts.

Even the Koll-Aid drinkers often vote Republican in local elections. I learned this a long time ago from a very liberal friend who was incensed about a low cost housing project proposed for her town. She was all for low cost housing, just not where she could see it.

Luckily she and her fellow lefties had the foresight to vote for a Republican city council, so the project was abandoned and life went back to normal.

Posted by: erp at February 10, 2006 10:03 AM

As Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr put it: Voters in other states are looking for a CEO when they choose a governor. In Massachusetts, they're hiring a warden.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at February 10, 2006 11:35 AM