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Who’s up and down in the race for Massachusetts governor.

By | Boston Magazine |

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A 65-year-old healthcare executive from Wellesley with a packed résumé but little name recognition, Joe Avellone (D) appeals to moderate Democrats and the unenrolled. But if he can’t get them involved in the campaign, he may not even make it on the ballot.

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Charlie Baker (R), 57, the presumptive GOP nominee, lost in 2010 to Deval Patrick. While many Republicans blamed Tim Cahill’s independent campaign for the defeat, others blamed Baker’s cold-hearted image. So far, he’s looser and nicer this time around.

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Don Berwick (D), 67, of Newton, is like Avellone—a healthcare administrator with an MD—but he’s more liberal, and is best known for helping with healthcare reform. Democratic operatives have reacted well, but are not yet convinced he is viable.

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Polls say 60-year-old Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) is the clear front-runner in the race. But memories of her spectacularly mediocre 2010 special U.S. Senate run cast a specter over her candidacy.

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Steve Grossman (D), the 67-year-old state treasurer, has been a successful businessman and major behind-the-scenes Democratic Party presence for years; he ran for governor in 2002. He’s a top fundraiser with broad support. The only thing holding him back: his flat personality.

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Now 44, Juliette Kayyem (D) is a national security expert and Harvard lecturer who’s worked for the Patrick and Obama administrations; she’s also been a Boston Globe columnist. This is her first run for office and she’s pitching herself as a progressive, but will she mobilize voters?

  • John Berg

    What about the independents?

  • http://cltg.org/ Barbara Anderson

    What about the Independent spoiler? David should use his investigative genius to discover which Democrats are stroking his ego to convince him to run and help elect the Democrat governor.

    • Chris

      When did Joe Malone join the Democratic party?

      • http://cltg.org/ Barbara Anderson

        OK, there are TWO types encouraging McCormick. Democrats who want a spoiler, and Republicans who want revenge for some real or imaginary insult.

        • Karen Pooler

          Time for Bill Weld to come home and run again or at least a true Republican like Brad Tarr We need to take over the entire State Gov. with Patriots, not Progressive Dems or Repubs! Time for a New Tea Party in Boston!

          • http://cltg.org/ Barbara Anderson

            I think Bill has moved back to Massachusetts, is working for a local law firm. Now if we could just get past the video in which he endorses Barack Obama in 2008 under a banner in NH “Republicans for Obama”. There is no one named Brad Tarr. However, as far as I know, Bill, and Sen. Bruce Tarr, and Rep. Brad Jones, are supporting Charlie.

          • Karen Pooler

            Sorry, for the brain fart, I meant Bruce Tarr. I was getting the best of both worlds with mixing Brad Jones and Bruce Tarr. Well, many a conservative voted for Obama, believing that if it sounded to good to be true it still could be! As long as it’s not a Progressive of either party I’ll be pleased. I’m neither a Dem or a Repub. my choice will be made on those who stand-by the US Constitution and our rights to be a Sovereign Nation, taking no crap from anyone!

          • http://cltg.org/ Barbara Anderson

            Do you have the United States mixed up with Massachusetts? Different candidates for different reasons. It’s fine to be an Independent, I’m one myself, but it’s still necessary to pay attention and know something about the candidates who are actually running and have a chance to win. Otherwise these comment places are a waste of everyone’s time. Oh, wait….

          • Karen Pooler

            No, I don’t Barbara, but, you don’t get a Country in this bad a shape without states like Massachusetts. Freedom and individual rights far exceed the need for
            politicians to redistribute wealth, reduce our military strength, push for amnesty and unprotected borders, violate our 2nd amendment rights to the UN,
            play the race card, and, divide the populace to the haves and have nots. It all starts at a local level, don’t feed the progressive politicians at any level, and they won’t become the corrupt NWO of the future.
            I do know something of those candidates running why do you think I mentioned the possibility of others?