The political season is well and truly underway, because we have our first attack ad.
The firing squad here is the Republican Governors Association, which has launched not one but THREE ads against unenrolled gubernatorial candidate Timothy P. Cahill: one for TV, one for the radio, and one web ad, but all three are viewable on a new website bearing the header of “The Cahill Report” (www.thecahillreport.com).
The ads paint Mr. Cahill as “Like Deval Patrick, only worse” and accuse the current state treasurer of cronyism, mismanaging the state pension fund, increasing costs at the Massachusetts State Lottery, and wasting taxpayer money on a lavish office redeco, and staff bonuses and vehicles.
Why go after Cahill, you might ask? Why not go after Gov. Patrick, the guy who’s been leading in recent polls? Because in the GOP’s eyes Tim Cahill is what you’d call a “spoiler,” a guy who could divert the all-important unenrolled voter base away from Republican Charles D. Baker Jr., split their support, and let Gov. Patrick slide through to a second term.
Cahill responded with his own Internet ad chastising the RGA and Baker for running the attack ads (even though the RGA stated it made the ads on its own, sans the Baker campaign’s authorization).
Mr. Baker’s camp has neither openly condoned not condemned the ad, but if they’re smart they’ll distance themselves from the campaign. After all, negative campaigning only hurt Kerry M. Healey’s gubernatorial campaign in 2006 and, more recently, Martha Coakley’s US Senate campaign this year.
A side note: the Baker camp last week said ta-ta to campaign manager Lenny Alcivar and named Tim O’Brien as the new manager. Mr. O’Brien, notably, managed Ms. Healey’s 2006 campaign…or mis-managed, depending on your point of view.
Pundits are calling this a desperation move, but I think it may be way too early to make that call. Granted, the Baker campaign hasn’t been making any great strides forward under Alcivar, but changing the guard seven months out from the general election does not bespeak a Hail Mary Play to me.
State Senator Robert A. O’Leary (D – Barnstable) last weekend officially launched his campaign for US Representative of the 10th Congressional District. I would have mentioned this last week, except no one from his campaign told any of us here at the Enterprise about the kickoff event in Hyannis.
Off to a roarin’ start, guys.
I must give a quick nod to the senator’s primary rival William R. Keating who, in a display of class that is often sorely lacking in politics, issued a statement welcoming Sen. O’Leary to the race.
They kind ruined it for me by adding in some Keating-centric campaign rhetoric and asking Sen. O’Leary to “support the eventual Democratic nominee, to ensure that we don’t turn back the clock by electing a Republican who will support failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place,” but hey, I’ll take what inter-candidate niceties I can get.
I must also give the Keating campaign a not-so-gentle nudge and say get a move-on, would you? Mr. Keating is now the only man in this race who has not made a formal announcement of candidacy. That, I’m told, is coming later this month. I can’t imagine why they’re choosing to wait so long.
It looks like James H. Crocker Jr. of Osterville is pulling the trigger and officially running for State Senator of the Cape and Islands District as a Republican. He filed has paperwork with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance last week.
This sets up a two-way primary race between Mr. Crocker and Eric R. Steinhilber, who launched his campaign back in February.
A quick note from the world of unsurprising endorsements: State Representative Viriato (Vinny) M. deMacedo (R – Plymouth) endorsed colleague and friend State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry (R – Sandwich) for US Representative of the 10th Congressional District.
An even bigger name attaching itself to the Perry campaign train: former Massachusetts governor W. Mitt Romney. “He will be a strong conservative voice against the Washington culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt,” Der Mittster said in a press release. “I am looking forward to the contributions he will make in the US House of Representatives.”
Speaking of contributions, Romney’s “Free and Strong America” PAC is throwing $2,500 into Rep. Perry’s war chest along with the official thumb’s up.
Thomas F. Keyes, Republican candidate for State Senator of the Plymouth & Barnstable District, announced the addition of Glenn Kelly of Falmouth to his campaign team. Mr. Kelly will be the campaign coordinator for Falmouth.
According to a press release, Mr. Kelly is the Head Professional at the Woods Hole Golf Club – man, I feel like there’s a good joke in there somewhere – and a former Falmouth Republican Town Committee chairman.
Patricia L. Mosca of Bourne is launching her campaign for governor’s councilor of the first district next Saturday, May 8, at the Hemisphere Restaurant in Sandwich. That runs from 6 to 9 PM, and attendance in free.
Ms. Mosca is a retired probation officer with the Plymouth District Trial Court and as a social worker with Social Service Foster Care and the Transitional Assistance Program.
For further information about next week’s reception, contact Ms. Mosca directly at 508-221-1160 or visit her campaign website at www.democratsofsandwich.org/PatriciaMosca.htm (be warned that whoever set it up perhaps doesn’t know HTML as well as he should. You’ll see what I mean when you check it out).
Final reminders! James F. Munafo Jr., Republican candidate for State Representative of the Second Barnstable District, is holding his campaign kickoff tomorrow at the Hyannis Golf Course from 5 to 7 PM. Contact the campaign at 508-771-8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Republican David T. Vieira of Falmouth, candidate for State Representative of the Third Barnstable District, is holding his kick-off fundraiser at the Falmouth Navigator (just off Sandwich Road in Hatchville) this Tuesday from 5 PM to 8 PM. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, call Addie Drolette at 774-836-0100.
F. Randal Hunt, Republican candidate for State Representative of the Fifth Barnstable District, has a couple of fundraisers coming up: Friday, June 4 at the Tao Water Art Gallery on Route 6A in Barnstable, from 6 to 8 PM; and a Cape Cod clambake at the West Barnstable Deer Club on Saturday, July 31 from 4 to 7 PM.
Go to www.electrandyhunt.com/events.html for details as they’re posted.
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