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Heck of a Guy

Despite a history of illiberal views and a boorish reputation, Guy Glodis enters the Democratic state convention unscathed
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 26, 2010

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Scott Brown’s stunning victory in January’s special US Senate election continues to reverberate through Massachusetts politics. Republicans keep grasping for those populist “Scott Brown voters,” as gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker did with last week’s “Had Enough” campaign tour. And Democrats fret over those once-reliable blue-collar workers, who now no longer follow the direction of ward bosses and union reps.

That Democratic fear may help explain the strange silence of party leaders and activists with regards to Guy Glodis, a conservative former state rep and senator, now sheriff of Worcester County, who is running for state auditor.

A number of party veterans are privately fuming about his likely successful candidacy. To them, Glodis is on the wrong side of nearly every liberal issue — gay rights, the death penalty, gun control, taxes, diversity — and, more than that, has left a trail of crude comments that gives him a reputation as a piggish, misogynistic boor who would be an embarrassment to represent the party on the statewide ballot.

But these criticisms have remained behind the scenes, while the gregarious Glodis has glad-handed his way along the campaign trail. His past votes and deeds are generally unknown, certainly outside his Worcester home base, and even to most party delegates. As a result, he is expected to receive a warm reception, and perhaps even the lion’s share of the party delegates’ votes, when delegates meet next weekend in Worcester for the Democratic state convention.

Glodis’s smooth ride belies the conventional wisdom about Massachusetts, which says that the days of conservative Democrats — once a major political force — are dead and gone in the Bay State.

There may be several explanations for the silence of his critics. Some, undoubtedly, are willing to believe that, as he puts it, he is “not the Neanderthal some people say.”

In addition, there seems to be little enthusiasm for Glodis’s primary opponents. Suzanne Bump, former state representative and labor secretary under Deval Patrick, has yet to gain much traction, judging by the tepid comments of party activists, and weak fundraising of barely $100,000 (plus $50,000 from her own pocket). Mike Lake, a young progressive, has support, but is generally seen as unlikely to be competitive statewide.

That leaves many party insiders believing that Glodis — a good campaigner, very likable in person, with a strong base of support in Worcester County — is the probable nominee and likely winner in November.

Given Glodis’s chances and the broad scope and discretion of the auditor’s office to investigate and report on state agencies, municipalities, and those who do business with the state, many who oppose his candidacy may have chosen to keep quiet so as not to make an enemy of the office’s next occupant.

But there may be yet another calculation at work, by Democrats who fear losing statewide races to GOP candidates: Glodis might be exactly the kind of candidate to win back those Scott Brown voters.

“I acknowledge that I’m an underdog at the convention,” says Glodis. “But some of the weaknesses at the convention may be strengths in both the primary and the general election.”

Some party insiders may be inclined to agree — even if that means biting their tongues about what they really think of Glodis.

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Hilltowner

Guy Glodis is a breath of fresh air in the Democratic party which suffers from too much political cholesterol in its body politic. As a rural Democrat, and a gun owner, his top ratings from GOAL are a badge of honor.

Perhaps the reasons that there is "little enthusiasm" for Suzanne Bump has to do with the fact that: this Holbrook native (who brags about how she cut her teeth as an intern for then GOP state Rep. Andy Card who went on to become George Bush's White House chief of staff) tries to pass herself off as a western Mass. gal, that she was a lobbyist and a shill for the American Insurance Association in the late 1990s and that as chair of the House Committee on Commerce & Labor in 1991-92, she killed a bill that would have given pregnant women who worked in front of video display terminals (VDTs) protection from harmful electromagnetic radiation during their pregnancies.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 11:00 AM

johnsmoltz

This story seems to be a clear blow at Guy just before the convention. While he has made some questionable decisions in the past, it is pretty refreshing to see a candidate that sticks by his guns (no pun intended) and refuses to reinvent himself for the sake of others. Not only is Glodis honest, he is clearly the hardest working candidate in this race and that is why he is has had such great success in the past. Those black and gold signs are everywhere I turn. I say good luck to you, Glodis. You'll be seeing him on the ballot in November for sure.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 11:19 AM

BobP668

Tax and spend liberals are going to have a VERY tough time this Fall, which is why Guy Glodis will flourish. The Scott Brown victory proved one very important point: Independents are the vocal majority, not partisan loyalists. Mr. Glodis goes his own way, and in the end that'll prove to be quite a positive asset.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 11:35 AM

qccitizen

Guy Glodis, a "piggish, mysogynistic boor" the "likely winner in November"? Hmmm, let's see: For State Auditor, voters who chose Republican Scott Brown will have a choice between this guy, a career Democratic hack, and Republican Mary Connaughton, CPA, MBA, who is by profession...an auditor! And you honestly think the voters who wanted to send a message to career politicians about out of control government spending are going to choose Guy Glodis over Mary Connaughton? I guess the Kool Aid has started to take effect....
Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:24 PM

johnsmoltz

Read into Guy's record. Not only has he made huge reforms at the failing Sheriff's office in a short period of time, he has been repeatedly lauded and awarded for the numerous humanitarian, childcare, and labor reforms he helped to make in the Senate. Wouldn't you rather have someone who has a history of reforming antiquated organizations (Auditor's Office)? If he says he's going to do something, he follows through.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:33 PM

Bosgeorge

Glodis did do quite a bit with that Sheriff's office, which was run inefficiently for many years before he came in and turned it around. Party politics aside, the guy makes changes and saves money. I hope he does well at the convention so we can see what the voters think of his record.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:43 PM

Lynne (Left in Lowell)

Wow, people, astroturf much? Sad. But obvious.

I won't vote for this clown at convention and I know a lot of people who read my blog who won't, either, after they read about his disgusting note he sent around to Senate colleagues in 2003. He's an embarrassment to our party.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:46 PM

uppercape09

Guy Glodis caught my attention when he led the English immersion ballot referendum, which was ultimately successful by a large margin (even though the Legislature watered it down to nothing). In my opinion, that effort was unfairly mischaracterized as being anti-immigrant; I think it was PRO-immigrant because it gave non-English speaking kids an opportunity to learn English, rather than just their native language. It was empowerment, not seclusion. And Glodis should be commended for tackling a very tough issue head on, regardless of party affiliation.
Posted: May 27 2010 at 12:55 PM

South Shore Dem

Give progressive Mike Lake a chance..you know about Glodis and Suzanne Bump is the ultimate insider as Gov. Patrick's political campaign director and years she worked Beacon Hill as a lobbyist "buying" votes.

Delegates take a minute to look up Mike Lake.
//www.electmikelake.com/
Posted: May 27 2010 at 10:11 PM

joe021

Suzanne Bump was fined for accepting illegal gifts from the insurance industry while a state rep..she was a lobbyist for citigroup...she has no chance to beat the republicans.
Posted: May 28 2010 at 10:17 AM
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