To most people who are not involved in a campaign in some way, this doesn’t seem to rank as the most exciting election season Massachusetts has seen.
Over lunch not long ago, I asked a group of veteran political strategists to name the last open gubernatorial campaign this unexciting. They stroked their gray beards before settling on 1970, though there were also votes for 1998.
Anyway, it’s been a long time.
However, there is a great down-ballot race that you shouldn’t yawn through, and that is the race for attorney general. It pits Maura Healey against Warren Tolman. It features an upstart against a seasoned veteran, gender diversity, and a bona fide outsider against a certified insider.
It is impossible not to like Healey, the earnest former assistant attorney general seeking to replace her former boss Martha Coakley. She was considered a longshot at the beginning of the race, but has closed the gap against her better-known opponent through hard work and energetic grass-roots support.
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