Barbara Anderson's CLT Commentary
Things are always quiet during school/legislative
winter vacation week, so Chip went to a sailing regatta in Florida; I
was invited but preferred to stay home reading Howie Carr’s “The
Brothers Bulger” over the weekend. (I bought it for Chip Faulkner for
Christmas but I haven’t seen him since it arrived at my bookstore, so I
read it while I waited to wrap it. Four-star, strongly recommended!)
I have been paying close attention to the Christy Mihos decision on
running for governor as either a Republican or Independent. If there is
a Republican primary, CLT as always would be neutral, waiting to support
one of them against the Democrat -– both Healy and Mihos (in
alphabetical order) are “no new taxes” and pro-Prop 2½ candidates and we
need that governor's veto.
I’ve met with both of them and talked with various Republican leaders,
seeking reassurance that the pro-taxpayer vote will not be split in
November, thereby electing either Tom Reilly (unthinkable) or Deval
Patrick (too liberal). Christy Mihos announced on the John DePetro Show
(680-WRKO 9-12) that he will announce his decision tomorrow, March 2.
I understand the deadline for his running as an Independent is March 7,
so he has to decide before he knows for sure he has a chance at the
Republican convention on April 29th. Two young Republicans, Aaron and
Matt Margolis, are taking pledges from Republican delegates on their
www.hubpolitics.com. They are not looking necessarily for
Mihos supporters, just for convention delegates who will commit to
making sure that Mihos gets his 15 percent at the Republican convention
and therefore a chance to run in the primary as a Republican.
I predict in
my column in tomorrow’s Salem News that he will take
his chance with the Republicans, but the truth is I really don’t know. A
big decision, which could change our political lives dramatically.
Election year in Massachusetts: always interesting.