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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"We tried to get him to see the wisdom..."

No matter how tough things get for Deval Patrick, he's got one major thing going for him as he ponders a 2010 reelection campaign.

He's not Tim Cahill.

I'm really not sure which story today is more devastating -- the Page One story on Patrick's work schedule or the Metro front story on Cahill's flip-flop on pension reform. In terms of political commercial potential, a Patrick spot on Cahill would be devastating.

Conjure up all the stereotypes you want, but the decision by then-House Speaker Sal DiMasi to dispatch Ways and Means Chairman John Rogers and Quincy representative and Cahill friend Ron Mariano to chat with the treasurer has Hollywood overtones.

"We tried to get him to see the wisdom," Mariano said. "We just laid out our position, saying to him, you have a lot of big salaries over here and the legislators who are only making $50,000 or $60,000 a year need those benefits."

Cahill, who had championed pension reform in 2004, got the message. Today he's accusing Patrick of "grandstanding" when the governor calls for lawmakers who collected "early retirement" bonuses to give them back.

Patrick is clearly setting up to run against the Legislature in 2010, much as Cahill is planning to jump in against the incumbent. Neither brings great cards to the table.

But Patrick's hand would surely win over the image presented by Treasurer Tim when it comes to acting independently of the Great and General Court.

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Blogger Quriltai said...


No matter how exasperated Deval Patrick renders me, he still looks better than Cahill. As long as the Republican Party in this state is a circus with more clowns and worse jokes, and the real potential stars like Terry Murray and Martha Coakley remain on the sidelines, it's Deval By Default.

May 12, 2009 9:01 PM  

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