Mass. Senate Race

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    Oct 08, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    Fellow Bay State RJer's, do you have any favorites yet in the special Senate race. After all, the primaries is on Dec 8, and the election in Jan 19.

    I've been focusing on the Dems side and I think we really have 2 strong contenders, Martha Coakley and Mike Capuano. Both have been friends of the LGBT community, but I think Mike is the better choice. His voting record is extremely liberal (check it out at http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=18883). I've talked to several friends about Martha and Mike, and most of them have said that Mike is truly committed to his issues, and after reviewing his voting record, I can't disagree. As for Martha, I think she can better serve the state where she is right now.

    As for the other 2 Democratic candidates, well, as far as Pagliuca is concerned, very few corporate sector people make effective politicians. And Khazei, I appreciate his work with City Year, but there's not enough political experience there.

    Plus Mike is such a regular guy. He still lives in Somerville, where he was born and raised. Plus the MA 8th is an easy seat for the Dems to fill, since it includes Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Chelsea. I don't think you can get much safer.
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    Oct 08, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    I like Mike! He's been great, and is not ashamed of being progressive like Teddy was. Martha Coakley seems good too, but I lean toward Mike.
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    Oct 08, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    Just got this email and he's having an a Q&A session in Waltham tonight:

    WHEN:
    The 'Open Mike' event will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 8th.

    WHERE:
    Government Center Auditorium, 1st floor, located at 119 School Street, Waltham.

    To RSVP to this event, or for more information, please visit:

    http://mikecapuano.com/page/event/detail/townhall/rty

    I'm not going, but I did participate in an open conference call with the Congressman last night, and I was able to ask a question about LGBT issues. Do I wish things would move faster, yes, and so does he. And he's not giving up on those issues.
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    Oct 08, 2009 11:55 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidAre there any Republicans running?


    There is also a Rabbi running for Pope.

    But, there are just a handful of polls out, and they are pretty shitty polls (bad companies, unreliable methodologies). But, they show Coakley at a significant lead. She has statewide name recognition, having run as AG not too long ago. Because of her office, she doesn't have a track record like Capuano has. So, she doesn't have to explain any votes, she just has to defend prosecutions, which is a lot tougher to spin.

    My money is on her, though Capuano looks like a great fit for the state.
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    Oct 09, 2009 12:09 AM GMT
    Coakley got first known statewide in the Woodward baby shaking case about 10 years ago. She's known pretty well, but I don't know if people have a strong opinion of her. Emily's List is backing her to try to get more females in the Senate. Haven't seen any ads on the TV for her

    Capuano has more personality, so as long as he has an opportunity to get heard statewide, he'll get noticed. He was also my congressman for years, and he was great.

    Pagliuca is part owner of the Celtics, and has a lot of money, so he's getting lots of ads out early.


    There are two Republicans running: one state senator and one town selectman (or something). As was said by jprichva, this is Massachusetts, so they don't stand much of a chance.
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    Oct 09, 2009 3:29 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    jprichva said
    southbeach1500 saidAre there any Republicans running?

    It's Massachusetts. What possible difference could it make?


    I was just asking.

    Didn't Massachusetts have a Republican governor recently? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Massachusetts had 4 Republican governors in a row, for a total of about 16 years. The State House and Senate are heavily Democratic though. Granted, the Republicans here tend to be more of the old New England style Republican (think Olympia Snowe). When they tend to be more of the style of the national Republican party, they are laughed at here for the most part.
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    Oct 09, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    There are two republicans running -- a state senator and a town selectman. Neither of them have a chance.

    I wouldn't count Coakley out -- she has run statewide whereas Capuano is unknown to many more Massachusetts residents. She also seems to do well with the media. In terms of the MA (U.S.) Congressional delegation, Capuano is a supporting player. Ed Markey, Barney Frank, Richard Neal and a few others are more well known than he. She's also running as a pretty popular Attorney General while Capuano is a member of the lowest rated Congress of all time... so he has some work to do.

    One of the owners of the Boston Celtics - Steve Pagliuca - is running. He has some cachet as being part of a beloved MA institution, but I doubt he'll get anywhere.

    It will probably come down to Capuano and Coakley in the Dem primary. But humorously enough, there's a guy named JOE KENNEDY running as well as a Libertarian -- not the former MA congressman and nephew of Ted; just some other dude with the same name... you almost wonder how many uninformed dolts might walk into the booth on election day and pull the lever for him because they thinks he's the Joe Kennedy.
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    Oct 09, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    And the MA Republican may decide to write this election off since there is going to a Governor's race next. The current democratic isn't very popular right now so they have a better shot at gaining the governorship than the senate seat.

    I was actually surprised that Markey decided not to run, I thought he would make a good Senator.