Major debate announcement!
The Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis will host the upcoming AFL-CIO gubernatorial candidates’ forum next week, June 24, starting at 1 PM.
So far only unenrolled candidate Timothy P. Cahill has confirmed his participation, but the 2006 forum in Falmouth was attended by almost every gubernatorial candidate that year. The exceptions: Grace C. Ross, the 2006 Green-Rainbow Party candidate, who was inadvertently left off the guest list; and Republican candidate Kerry M. Healey, who declined to attend and got verbally pummeled in absentia and certainly did her campaign no good.
So it looks like the much-ballyhooed “anti-incumbent sentiment” trend has already come and gone.
Eleven states held primaries last week, and out of 84 gubernatorial and Congressional incumbent candidates, only two got bumped out of the running.
What does this mean for local races, if anything? Well, it’s still early in the cycle, but any candidates expecting to ride a wave of anti-incumbent dissatisfaction to any easy victory might want to go back to the drawing board. That tactic depends on voters being angry about something and A) voter anger has a shelf life of six to eight weeks max, and B) there’s no guarantee the incumbents will screw up so dynamically before November that it inspires a fresh surge of outrage.
Would-be upstarts may have to rely on tired old techniques like, I don’t know, talking about the issues.
Robert E. Hayden III, we hardly know ye.
I stumbled across Mr. Hayden’s name last week while checking out the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth’s – Elections Division website to review the list of formal candidates for the 2010 election cycle. He is listed as a Hanover resident and one of four Republicans running for US Representative of the 10th Congressional District.
Never heard of him? Me neither. Neither has Google. GOOGLE, people.
So Mr. Hayden is now the proud owner of the title “Most Invisible Candidate in the Congressional Race.” Unenrolled candidate Peter A. White previously held that title.
(Receiving angry e-mail from Peter in four…three…two…)
Rudy Giuliani, former NYC mayor, was in Massachusetts last week stumping for Joseph D. Malone at an event in Quincy. The parade of political has-beens continues (sorry, folks, but what has “America’s Mayor” done lately?).
Mr. Malone also announced last week he’d added communications specialist Alicia Preston of The Preston Group to his Congressional campaign team. The press release said the Group had worked on both US Senator Scott P. Brown’s campaign and, less impressively, Jim Ogonowski’s spectacular flameout campaign on 2008.
For those who don’t recall that second fellow: he was planning to run for US Senate against John F. Kerry, he got a huge build-up from the Massachusetts GOP as the guy who was going to take Sen. Kerry down, he got all the attention over fellow Republican candidate Jeffrey K. Beatty, then failed to get enough signatures to get his name of the ballot.
Now look sad and say “D’oh…”
Nathanael Fortune, who unsuccessfully ran for state auditor in 2006, is back for another go-round. The Green-Rainbow Party candidate’s official campaign website can be found at www.natfortune.org.
This week’s event reminders:
Today, June 18, 2 to 4 PM: Thomas F. Keyes, Republican candidate for State Senator of the Plymouth and Barnstable District, will hold a meet-and-greet at Beth’s Special Teas in Sandwich.
Sunday, June 20, 4 to 7 PM: Barbecue fundraiser in Barnstable for Sheila R. Lyons, Democratic candidate for State Senator of the Cape & Islands District. Go to http://sheilalyons2010.com/contact for further details.
Tuesday, June 22, 5 PM: Fundraiser at Tomatoes Italian Grille and Bar in Sandwich for State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry (R – Sandwich), candidate for Congress.
Finally, a minor correction from last week’s column. I said that there were five people running for governor’s councilor of the first district, all Democrats, but I missed Joseph A. Ureneck, the Republican who used to (and for all I know still does) run a Chinese mail-order bride operation and apparently does not actually live in the first district.
Yeah, I don’t know how I could have forgotten a character like that either…
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