No one doubts that the Democratic gubernatorial field is a basically progressive group. But as Democratic hopefuls head to Worcester for their party’s convention, this crucial questions looms: Can they be both progressive and pro-reform?
Or, to put it another way, progressive and pro-taxpayer?
So far, the leading candidates have been uncertain trumpets on important reform issues. Why? Well, let’s be blunt: One big reason is obviously the Democrats’ long-standing electoral alliance with, and dependence on, groups whose policy desires are sometimes more centered on self-interest than in the public interest.
Not only will those organizations be influential in Worcester, some will provide money and troops for the primary and general election efforts. And that helps explain why some Democrats are so muted on some important matters
The teachers’ unions, for example, appear to be doubling down in their opposition to key aspects of education reform.
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