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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bag Pag

Has Massachusetts ever seen a vanity candidacy on par with the ego-massaging, bankroll depleting effort launched by Steve Pagliuca?

I start by declaring my undying love for the Boston Celtics and the role Pagliuca and partner Wyc Grousbeck have played in restoring the luster. But that's hardly a good reason to vote for him.

Unlike Chris Gabrieli, another multimillion candidate of years past, Pagliuca does not even have a record of laboring in the wonk trenches, tackling issues like education.

Rather Pagliuca presents as the ultimate dilettante. His bid to join Jack Connors in buying the Boston Globe rejected, he appears to have turned his attention to another toy to purchase for his personal sandbox.

And I won't even get into the obvious problem of a man who supported Mitt Romney and Bill Weld in the past can now present himself as a progressive Democrat and heir to the Kennedy mantle.

Joan Vennochi offers a detailed evisceration -- including a look at the Democrats for hire willing to take Pagliuca's cash.

OK it's not all a bad thing. The man is supporting the local economy.
“This would be considered a welcome infusion of a new advertising category, at a time when things have been less than spectacular,’’ said Bill Fine, general manager of WCVB-TV.
I prefer substance over cash. Go Celts!

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Blogger Not Whitey Bulger said...

We need a person with experience in politics - a person who has worked his/her way up through the system. Like Deval Patrick!

September 20, 2009 3:41 PM  

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