Last Thursday, I collected my lazy ass and went down to Town Hall to secure my absentee ballot. The clerk asked if I was ready to vote today and I said sure. If anyone is an educated voter, I am, so I thought it was going to be a quick process. It took me all of .3 seconds to vote for Deval Patrick, turns out my second choice took quite a bit longer.
Who the hell deserved my vote?
For months I've been primarily going back and forth between Deb and Andrea, but I've also liked Tim. I like Tim because he really does have a great record in Worcester. Mayor may just be a fancy title for City Councilor in his case, but his ideas and contributions have definitely been a part of the solution in Worcester. I see Worcester's progress as something that needs to be emulated in cities like Springfield, New Bedford, Fall River, Lynn and Lowell if Massachusetts is going to recover as a welcoming place for new job growth and fair housing costs for people of all classes. If Tim Murray could help precipitate that, he'd make an excellent choice for Lt. Governor.
Deborah Goldberg was the person I was ultimately leaning towards over the past month or so, mainly because I thought she'd be a great foil for Deval Patrick. He was the grassroots guy, she had lots of money. Give Deval some cash and it would go a long way. However, I realized he's raising money hand over foot, so he wouldn't need Deb Goldberg's money to get his message out. She also had some other qualities I liked about her: she'd balance the ticket with a female presence, she's sufficiently liberal on a lot of important issues, she's competent... but nothing really jumps out.
Now comes the fact that she doesn't support Cape Wind, while Timmeh thinks Mum's the word. The only LG candidate who openly supports Cape Wind is Andrea Silbert, but I didn't realize that until after I voted for Andrea. It seems like my vote has already been rewarded. Ultimately, Andrea Silbert earned my vote by displaying the best vision and showing the most confidence. Seeing her speak along with the other candidates, they all stand out as competent and worthy of office, but Andrea has a lot of the same qualities that makes Deval Patrick so inspiring. Andrea is a great speaker and is someone I'd have no problem with being Governor if anything tragic happened to Patrick. She has a good background, is inspiring broad support and raising a lot of money the right way.
Any of the candidates seem like a good choice, but Silbert is a great one. That's why I voted for her and I urge readers to do the same.
Further reading: For a different take, Mass Marrier likes Timmey.
[Note to readers: I like all of the choices for Lt. Governor, including Tim Murray. If I didn't like them, I wouldn't have said so to begin with. Let's not read meaning into nicknames that just isn't there.]