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Common Wealth: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in Mass Politics?

Friday, April 05, 2013

 

Hot

Michael O'Brien -- No one was hotter this week in Massachusetts that Worcester's City Manager. JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger could not credit O'Brien enough for his effort in bringing the airline to the depleted Worcester Airport.

JetBlue - Worcester Airport has been without any airline for more than 1 year and its history has been one of inconsistency. Bringing in JetBlue, the high value and low cost airline, creates an opportunity for Worcester to  build a functioning airport.  

Ed Markey - According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, from March 26-27, Markey lead Congressman Stephen Lynch 49-32. The polling sample was 496 likely Democratic voters.

Michael J. Sullivan - the GOP Senate hopeful got a big shot in the arm this week when his campaign signed Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty, two longtime members of Mitt Romney’s inner circle. Say what you want about Romney, these two bring credibility and fundraising ability to help Republican Senate candidate Sullivan.

WPI - The Worcester-based school made a big impression on retired military pilot Henry Poplawski who never graduated from the school, but felt enough appreciation to donate $7.8 million to it. 

Red Sox - the team last year embarrassed themselves and looked like a bad version of Yankees, but this year's team looks young and fresh.

Michael Graham - the talk show host seems to have revived the format and is providing excellent coverage of the election. He is heard in Central MA on 830AM, WCRN.

 

Not Hot

The Airport Connector Road - Oh wait, there isn't one.  The lack of functional access will challenge this rebirth of the airport because no one has the time to drive through a residential neighborhood for miles to get to an airport.

GOP Candidates for US Senate - could the group of three make less noise, issue fewer press releases, and have less public events in Central MA? Doubtful.  None of them seem to have read the Scott Brown playbook of how to become relevant and connect to voters. With Markey up 17 points on Lynch and the GOP making little noise, the opportunity to get in the race starts now.

Budget Process and Tax Increases - Massachusetts seems to be emerging from the recession, but the transportation plan and the budget as a whole being pushed by Governor Deval Patrick is based on a lot of tax increases and fees.  

 

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