It isn't exactly a secret that some Democrats in the House and Senate are afraid of a powerful Democratic Governor, like Deval Patrick would be. You see, they can't stomp all over Deval like they could Kerry Healey. Instead, they'd have to let Governor Deval help set the agenda and gauge the populace to see what issues need reform. Instead of political allies getting bloated pensions, UMASS may just be infused with some badly needed cash. Nothing scares Baddour and company like real progress and reform - it's the death of the old machine.
But Democratic sources told the Herald that Baddour had conversations with Democratic associates before the primary, saying that if Reilly lost, he would reach out to Healey. He said he was going to call Healey first thing Wednesday morning, after the primary, one source said.
Well, allow me to give some sound political advice to Senator Steven Baddour: be afraid, very afraid. Once Deval Patrick wins, you're going to not only have a lot of angry bloggers after you, but a powerful Democratic Governor who isn't going to be exactly thrilled that a Democrat in the Senate was actively working against his party. You see, while it's a great thing to have intra-party diversity and a big tent, it's completely different to actively work against party nominees. By all means, challenge them in a primary - but once that primary is open, you work with your party, not against it. I'd expect the same from Republicans.
Steven Baddour picked the wrong campaign to challenge the Democratic Nominee for Governor. He's a Beacon Hill flea about to run into the windshield that is Deval Patrick's
Sadly, Deval Patrick is a much nicer person than I am. If I were running for Governor, then won, I'd be making a friendly phone call to Trav's replacement informing him about the "Baddour problem." However, knowing Deval, he's much more likely to be calling Baddour saying "no worries" - I guess that's the price to pay for having a decent politician. Vindictive bastards like me don't get to watch the political fireworks. Instead, there's only
Ya, I'll take it. The death of politics as usual won't be fun, but it is necessary.