Back in February, when I entered the open-seat race for Governor's Council, my campaign announcement talked about my own experience for this position. Since then, I have met many thousands of people and have spoken about how experience really does count to effectively serve on the Governor's Council.
Here's why. In Massachusetts, the Governor's Council plays an important constitutional role. The Governor's power is limited to nominating candidates to become judges and parole board members. It is the job of the Governor's Council to finalize the selection process by either approving or rejecting each nomination. To serve effectively on the Governor's Council, it only makes sense that knowledge of the courts, knowledge of the judiciary and knowledge of the trial system are important qualifications for the job.
After six months of campaigning, it has become obvious that I am not only the hardest-working candidate but also the best qualified. In this election, I am not merely "Running to Win," I am running to serve. Since my opponents don't have the knowledge or the temperment necessary to serve effectively, they have tried to shift the focus away from qualifications. One opponent has, to my knowledge, never once stepped inside a courtroom. She has made numerous different career attempts, not one of which has anything to do with the judicial system. She may be pleasant and well-spoken, but simply needing a job is not a qualification for any office. Don't be fooled, for this position, qualifications really do matter.
Another opponent has shown himself to be nothing more than a protest candidate. When he doesn't rant and rave against Mary-Ellen Manning, the current Governor's Councilor who is stepping down to seek a state Senate seat, he rants and raves against the Governor's Council itself. And it seems that the more he speaks the more he alienates people.
So as this race draws to its conclusion, DON'T BE FOOLED. Our system of checks and balances depends on a well-informed, respectful and independent-minded Governor's Council. Among the candidates, I have the right qualifications, the experience, knowledge and temperment.
For these reasons, on Thursday, Sept. 6, I respectfully ask for your vote.