MA-Sen: The Globe goes for Khazei
The Boston Globe, a potentially significant force in what has been to date a very low- profile Democratic primary to replace the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), threw its endorsement behind City Year co-founder Alan Khazei today.
Wrote the Globe:
"The 48-year-old Khazei offers a strong vision for success in the Senate, channeling the energy of activist groups and private-sector policy incubators while dedicating himself to the laborious task of building legislative coalitions."
The Globe, channeling NBA draft analysts everywhere, touted Khazei's "potential" as the highest among the major candidates -- Khazei, state Attorney General Martha Coakley, Rep. Michael Capuano and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca -- in the Democratic field.
Khazei isn't "trying to line up just enough constituencies to eke out a win; he's asking voters to sign on to a vision -- a less top-down, less programmatic way of improving people's lives," concluded the Globe.
The Globe's endorsement comes hours before former Gov. Michael Dukakis is set to back Capuano's candidacy; Dukakis, who was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, will praise Capuano's "deep commitment to the welfare of ordinary Americans."
How do those two endorsements fit into the Fix endorsement hierarchy? The Globe, is, obviously, a newspaper endorsement while Dukakis amounts to a state-specific statewide endorsement.
By the endorsement hierarchy, Dukakis' support of Capuano matters more than the Globe backing of Khazei but in a Democratic primary where none of the candidates -- with the possible exception of Coakley -- are at all well known, the newspaper's support could sway a significant amount of votes ala the Washington Post's endorsement of state Sen. Creigh Deeds in the Virginia Democratic primary earlier this year.
All that said, regular readers of the Fix know we are always generally skeptical about the power of endorsements and Coakley is still the clear favorite in the Dec. 8 primary.
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