Ship without a rudder

By ADAM REILLY  |  March 3, 2006

And if Reilly plays his cards right, he might actually turn his recent struggles into fodder for a new campaign narrative — one in which he’s both the everyman and the comeback kid. Raised in humble surroundings in Springfield; lucky to get into American International College (Patrick is a Harvard grad, remember); still rents an apartment with his wife in Watertown (in contrast with Patrick’s Milton manse); forced to claw his way back into the race after a rough few weeks — all that makes him an underdog. Not slick, not privileged, not Machiavellian. Just a regular guy who’ll look out for regular citizens.

There’s a story here waiting to be told, but the AG is too maladroit to do it on his own. What he needs — desperately — is a political team that can help him succeed despite himself. If Reilly doesn’t realize this soon, his campaign will be a lost cause.


CORRECTION: This article mistakenly identifies Steve Kerrigan as Reilly's former chief of staff. Kerrigan is Reilly's current chief of staff.

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