October 7, 2006


Kerry Healey: Queen of the ring (Scot Lehigh, October 6, 2006, Boston Globe)

KERRY HEALEY may hail from Harvard and Prides Crossing, but as the Republican gubernatorial nominee demonstrated this week, she's a street fighter.

And in a week when Democrat Deval Patrick has seemed a less than candid candidate with an awfully faulty memory, Healey has knocked him back on his heels.

Healey has attacked Patrick on two fronts: His representation of a Florida cop-killer and his parole advocacy for a Massachusetts rapist.

The toughest of the twin attacks comes in a visceral television ad castigating Patrick for the work he did as a NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer to spare Carl Ray Songer from the death penalty for the December 1973 murder of a Florida highway patrolman. The spot ends by asking whether voters want someone who has defended a cop-killer as their governor.

It's potentially an election changing sort of ad and there haven't been many of those in our political history.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2006 9:47 PM

Does the Massachusetts National Guard have a tank Patrick can climb into for a photo op?

Posted by: John at October 7, 2006 9:54 PM

As a MA resident I fear it will take something dramatic to keep the governor seat in GOP hands. MA is a deep blue seat and the GOP taking the governship has usually been seen as some type of check against the Dem veto-proof control of the legislature. Deval seems to be part of the Lamont section of the Dems but with all the MA MSM, Kennedy, Kerry, and even the other governor candidates attacking Healey it will be hard to keep the seat.

Posted by: AWW at October 8, 2006 11:50 AM

He's black.

Posted by: oj at October 8, 2006 12:02 PM