In addition to former Harvard Pilgrim CEO and Weld-administration budget czar Charlie Baker, that is. Jay Gonzalez, former Celticare CEO and Patrick-administration budget czar, announced yesterday he's running for governor in 2018 - as a Democrat.
Before we see a clash of the health-insurance titans, though, Gonzalez, a Needham resident, might have to beat Newton Mayor Setti Warren, and whoever else might run, in the Democratic primary next year.
Shane notices that the image Bing is using for posting results tonight has Treasurer Tim Cahill running against Martha Coakley.
Seems the crack investigative reporters at the Globe can't find the fisherman whose tale in 2009 or 2010 moved Charlie Baker to tears the other day.
Baker on Thursday acknowledged that he may have misstated some of the particulars of the story he told tearfully during a debate this week. That, in turn, has complicated efforts to locate the man whose hardships, in Baker’s retelling, produced one of the most remarkable moments in this year’s race for governor.
A Globe poll shows Baker with a 9-point lead, due mainly to independents settling on him as their candidate. It's the first poll to show such a wide gap between Baker and Coakley.
National media has glommed onto the Chokely meme, but ya know, one could make the case that Baker's a choker of a loser, too.
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Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for treasurer proves his tightness with the dollar with an ad that seems to be made by his family, although it was really produced by an ad agency in Virginia.
Coakley and Baker discussed the economy, education and transportation at a debate just for them.
A pollster type discusses why a tight race in the polls would be good for Coakley.
WBUR explores why the governor's race is so sleepy:
Even in their affects, the candidates seem to be veering closer. Baker looks determined to ease back from the more combative posture that is his nature, while Coakley is struggling to dial things up beyond a just-the-fact mien that fits her prosecutor’s background, but isn't an asset in a candidate for governor. If the convergence continues, by November we may just be referring to the duo as "Chartha" or "Marlie."
Three weeks left in the campaign, and not much will probably change in the race for governor from here on in, David Bernstein writes.
A trade association of for-profit career schools in Massachusetts is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley, saying her attempts to regulate them violate their First Amendment rights and federal regulations and are a just a confusing mish-mash of nonsense they say does nothing to protect students, whom they say already enjoy bountiful legal protection by the Federal Trade Commission, among others.
Karyn Polito says at least Baker apologized for calling a female reporter "sweetheart."
Jerold Duquette writes that since Baker is not emphasizing his role as a Republican, he has to be extra careful about stuff like this:
Baker’s route to the corner office has always been a steep climb. Every time he loses his footing like this his chances diminish.
Ed. note: Through no fault of his own, Suldog's original poll didn't work. This one should. -- Ye. ed.
Given the interesting discussions on these boards concerning the upcoming gubernatorial contest, I think it's time for the first entirely unscientific poll of the U-Hub political season. If you had to vote for governor today, for whom would you vote? In case anyone is wondering, choices are listed alphabetically.
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