The Massachusetts Governor’s race will shortly come into focus, with the Senate special election diverting some attention in the short term, but the main event is not that far away. The withdrawal of Lt. Governor Tim Murray has opened the door for other potential candidates, and although it is early there are some major players looking at this race on the Democratic side. Two of the more interesting ones are Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll.
Attorney General Coakley has said that she is running for re-election, but with Murray out there is a clear path to victory for her. Since her loss to Scott Brown in the Senate race Martha Coakley has worked as hard as possible at her job as Attorney General. She has done some truly terrific work in that office, and in my opinion now stands as one of the most popular Democrats in the state. She would bring an awful lot to the table in that race, and it is my thought that she has certainly earned the huge respect that she commands today with Massachusetts voters, and with Democratic primary voters in particular. If she runs for Governor I make Coakley the betting favorite in that field, regardless of who else may or may not be in.
Another person that needs to be looked at for state wide office is Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem. Mayor Driscoll is a terrific municipal manager who has done some great things for her City. She has been active state wide on so many issues vital to localities, and that leadership has resulted in her selection to head the Massachusetts Mayors Association. Mayor Driscoll has expressed reluctance to consider a run for Governor with Tim Murray a potential candidate, but that is no longer an issue. She may choose a run for Lt Governor, but I believe that she will be a strong candidate for state wide office regardless of which office she runs for.
Of course there will be other potential candidates for Governor. Mayor Joseph Curatone of Somerville would also be a candidate with a strong resume, and room to grow. Doctor Donald Berwick, relatively unknown but with a strong resume, may also run. The Democrats will have a strong field from which to choose, and you know there will be more coming. The next post on the Republicans….