Gabrieli is a strong candidate who is great on the issues, is a tried and true progressive, has a positive message, and would be a terrific Governor.Emphasis mine.
Sorry to inform you all, but Gabrieli is NOT a progressive. You can call Gabrieli liberal, leftist, whatever... but not a progressive, he never was a progressive.
Being progressive is more about how one wins elections and how one wants government run than what a candidate's issues are. A progressive wants government run by the people or as close to it as possible. A progressive wants to engage the populace in order to convince people he or she deserves to be elected.
Gabrieli paid signature collectors top dollar. He's already spent about $3 MILLION dollars - and that was just to get 15.36% of the convention delegate votes. How is that progressive?
Contrast that to Deval Patrick, who accepted public limits and went around town to town campaigning for Governor over a year ago and got on the ballot the old fashioned way: through sparking a massive, popular movement.
Gabrieli was going to be my second choice, in case Patrick lost this tough primary, but not any more. What Gabrieli calls a joke (setting the funding limit at 15.36 million) is really a message: Gabrieli intends to massively outspend his opponents. Maybe Gabrieli finds it funny, but I certainly don't. It's deeply disturbing - something I couldn't even relate to. Heck, it's so out of whack that Lynne at LeftinLowell thought the whole thing was a joke!
Sadly, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Gabrieli should have learned, from previous elections he lost, money doesn't necessarily win. However, turning off the populace by sending messages that in my opinion amounts to campaign bullying could just amount to a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing yet again.