Jon Keller

State of Grace

One dreary morning last February, Michael Sullivan sat in his Brockton office contemplating the daunting task of ridding Massachusetts of 38-year incumbent U.S. Senator Edward Moore Kennedy. Sullivan is not political chump change. At age 45, with five years as…

Liberal Criticism

Why has Mitt Romney’s approval rating in Massachusetts fallen through the basement?  Continuing anger over the way Romney uses his home state as a national political punch line, for one thing. Being a conservative Republican here, he loves to tell…

Head Hunter

In the beginning — years before U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's indictment of former state House Speaker Tom Finneran for perjury and obstruction of justice plunged the two into a winner-take-all death match—Tommy rubbed Mike the wrong way over the strangest…

The Muckraker: Mr. Freeze

Tom Menino has long been known as a man you do not want to cross. Just ask Ray Flynn, who reportedly ran afoul of Menino back in 1993 while preparing to hand over the mayoralty to his longtime friend. It…

The Muckraker: The Speaker Gets the Last Word

Sitting in Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square, not far from the new office he occupies as president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Tommy Finneran is cheerfully wolfing down a huge plate of grilled salmon. He has pinot noir in…

The Guy Behind the Guy

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.” — 1980 Democratic National Convention concession speech written for Senator Edward Kennedy by Bob…

The Contender

Larry McKibben has a lot on his plate, and in more ways than one. A state senator from Marshalltown, Iowa, McKibben has just cut a swath through the buffet line, loading up on scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and assorted…

The Muckraker: No Left Turn

On a gloomy evening in this season of discontent for liberal Democrats, many fine examples of the species have ventured out into the cold in search of solace. Hulking SUVs with bumper stickers that read “More trees, less Bush” jam…

Lady in Waiting

It's a slower-than-slow news day, and an increasingly desperate TV reporter is prowling City Hall Plaza, trying to wring a feature out of an ice cream-sampling charity event. It isn't going well. Probing questions like what's your favorite flavor? and…