"You guys have the easiest job in the world," our fellow Vo Dilunders often tell Phillipe and Jorge. "There’s so much political fodder in this state you have enough material for a lifetime."
True enough: between what we can’t fit in the column and what we lose after the Phoenix’s libel attorneys go to work, we could fill a library.
The latest gift: the flap over the lieutenant governor’s race. What better than GOP primary winner Heidi Rogers bailing out after she won the party’s primary to plump for Cool Moose Party candidate Bob "Abolish the Office" Healey instead? This sent Mrs. Christopher Young, also known as Kara Russo — the wild-eyed raving monster loony Rogers defeated — into public conniptions. Chrissy’s girl is now claiming she should be on the ballot after Heidi’s departure.
Russo has sent a complaint to the Board of Elections. And who’s to say she can’t prevail? After all, she has the zany Kenny McKeven, an independent candidate for attorney general, representing her. And she has her own Rasputin in Young, the national singing sensation.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines are Heidi and GOP party head honcho Giovanni Cicione, caught red-handed in this slimy little backdoor maneuver (read Jim Baron’s “Politics As Usual” column in the Pawtucket Times for the full story on that cheap trick, as well as the conspiracy demons that inhabit Mr. and Mrs. Young’s spacious but rarely occupied craniums); Healey, a great guy who is now getting his best shot ever at looey gov — P+J urge you to vote for him if you really do think the office is worthless; and current Lt. Gov. Liz Roberts, a Casa Diablo heartthrob who should get your vote (and will get ours) if you believe the post does have a real function. She is currently trying to avoid being seen guffawing in public over this bizarre turn of affairs.
UNDER THE RADAR
The Kara and Chris Show commands the headlines at the moment. But there are a few very good candidates on the ballot this November who merit your full attention. If we were your dominatrixes, we would force you to vote for them.
For Attorney General, the pick of the field — however ignored by the Other Paper — is Christopher Little, running as a Moderate Party candidate. Having worked with Chris in the past, we can tell you he is ultra-smart and as hard-nosed as anyone you’d care to send into battle for you. He has also fought on the right side on environmental issues. And if you don’t think the environment is going to be at the center of the biggest economic and legal challenges of the next decade, you’ve probably never heard of the BP oil spill, either. We could use a man like that.
For Secretary of State — watch us, now — P+J are going to suggest a long look at Republican Catherine Taylor. She comes to the scene with many recommendations and huge support from P+J’s insiders, Muffy and Mac Farmer, which is enough for us to say give the girl a once over.
Another talented young lady seems to be Democratic treasurer candidate Gina Raimondo. She has yet to formally ask for P+J’s blessing with a complimentary e-mail and a fat envelope wedged between the back doors at Casa Diablo, but we are all ears at present.