What do you call a Red Sox pitcher, two Congressmen and an NBA team co-owner? In Massachusetts politics, you call it: The Old Boys' Club. As usual, The Old Boys' Club is in full force for this Senate election. Today’s news of Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca prepping for a run for is just the latest in this series.
Of particular note is this paragraph, outlining the team Pagliuca is putting together for his race:
Among those who are advising Pagliuca and who will probably be part of his campaign team if he decides to run are: Doug Rubin, Governor Deval Patrick’s former chief of staff and the architect of his 2006 campaign; Tad Devine, a Washington-based political consultant who was a top aide to Kennedy in Massachusetts and was a key strategist for US Senator John F. Kerry’s presidential campaign; and Joel Benenson, a New Jersey-based consultant who was President Obama’s chief pollster in last year’s presidential race.Staff from Deval Patrick, John Kerry and President Obama’s campaigns? Is this a pattern or merely coincidence? In Massachusetts, I suspect the former.