It’s Ask Bernstein Anything Day!

Our contributing editor is taking your questions about local and state politics.

“It is not every question that deserves an answer,” Publius wrote. I disagree! (Although I do think Proverbs is onto something with “Answer a fool according to his folly.”)

So go ahead and Ask Me Anything, and I will do my best to provide my best information, analysis, prognostication, punditry, rumor-mongering, or speculation over the course of the day.

You can leave your questions as comments to this post, or email them to me at

I’m looking forward to it!

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3:28 p.m.: Who Wants to Be a State Representative Now?

4:02 p.m.: What’s Going to Happen in the Race for Middlesex DA?

4:16 p.m.: How Many Votes in the 2013 Elections?

4:31 p.m.: How Wounded is Michelle Wu for Siding #TeamLinehan?

  • Andrew Carden

    How, if at all, do you think the independent gubernatorial contenders (McCormick, Falchuk, perhaps even Lively) will impact that race?

  • Rob

    Will John Connolly seek a re-match against Mayor Walsh in 2017? And are there others who may challenge him?

  • Downtown Schools for Boston

    What do we know as of now about the contenders in the special elections to fill the State Representative seats?

  • elliot12

    With Reinstein’s and O’Flaherty’s resignations creating key openings in the Speaker’s leadership team, whose political fortunes do you see rising?

  • Grant

    What’s CharGo gonna do?

  • Matt Szafranski

    Is the historical weakness of the Boston City Council just an example of the weakness of City Councils in Massachusetts or are is the Boston CC just particularly weak. In a related note, can the Boston City Council do anything about it regardless of whether the mayor lets them?

  • #Mapoli

    Thoughts on Middlesex DA?

  • Bluefalcon

    Is 13th Suffolk (Marty Walsh’s seat) candidate Dan Hunt going to face blowback for pressuring his allies (namely Linda Dorcena Forry and Steve Tompkins) to help him push people out of the race? Or is this just statehouse business as usual?

  • Pete Christopher

    Are Michelle Wu’s 2013 supporters going to hold the Linehan vote against her come 2015? How can she repair the relationship?

  • Tip O’Neill

    Who tops the ticket in a hypothetical DiCara, Yoon, Travaglini, Hart, Menino, Ianella, Bolling, Curley, White, Flynn, King at large city council election?

  • Survey student

    Survey hits local dems as Fattman tested the Senate waters. Does the young Fattman have what it takes to oust long time favorite Sen Dick Moore?

  • Survey student

    no thoughts on fattman, guess that says enough for me anyway

  • Lance Harris

    Here’s a question…why are we even having special elections in Reinstein’s and O’Flaherty’s districts? When Vincent Pedone resigned his Worcester district early January 2012, the speaker refused to call for a special to replace him. Yet two Suffolk reps whose districts happen to border the speaker’s resign the January of the next election year, and they don’t have to go the year without representation.

  • zillinith

    The special election for Katherine Clark’s state senate seat can be traced all the way back to John Kerry vacating his US senate seat almost a year ago — will someone who is not currently a public office holder eventually win one of these special elections and break the cycle or will it just go on forever and ever?

  • marshafink

    What are you predictions now for Governor, Lt. Gov, Treasurer, AG, Auditor (if Suzanne Bump leaves/runs for something else)? Thanks!