The Dems are coming

Can any of these guys take back the Governor’s office?
By ADAM REILLY AND DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 2, 2006

As the Massachusetts Democratic Party heads to Worcester this weekend to figure out who has enough delegates to run for governor in the fall, three wanna-bes are hoping for a campaign kick start — or at least no abrupt ending. To earn a spot on the September 19 primary ballot, each must receive at least 15 percent of the delegates’ votes. Deval Patrick is widely expected to win the delegate vote handily. Chris Gabrieli and Thomas Reilly will likely find themselves in a dogfight for second place.  

Pundits are fascinated by this battle for delegates’ votes. But should voters care about such political machinations?

In a word, yes — especially since a Democrat has a good chance of winning come November (perhaps the best chance since 1990). Here are three admittedly subjective, shoot-from-the-hip snapshots of the three Democratic candidates for governor. We throw them out there at this critical campaign juncture to help you take the measure of these men amid the din of political technicalities and the blur of the PR horserace.

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