February 27, 2009

By Virtual Campaign Announcement, I Think He Means the Real Announcement of a Virtual Campaign, and Not the Virtual Announcement of a Real Campaign...

Carroll Andrew Morse

...for the moment, at least.

Robert Walsh, executive director of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Education Association, has announced, er, something in a diary entry over at Rhode Island's Future

By now, many of you are asking yourselves a simple question – is Bob Walsh crazy enough to actually consider running for Governor, or is he up to something else? Would Rhode Island voters even vote for a Brown graduate, former banker, East Greenwich resident for Governor? Could a candidate with deep roots in both the labor and progressive communities win a multicandidate Democratic primary against so many current office holders at a time when people are so cynical about anyone currently holding elected office? How about an actual campaign organization – does he have the contacts with the experienced campaign managers, fundraisers and field operatives to actually make this work? How would he hold up in debates...

Maybe 2010 won’t be my year to run for Governor, and this will actually be my attempt to create a forum where issue-by-issue, a real discussion can be held in the virtual Rhode Island Future world about the development of a real progressive campaign platform, so that can become the standard by which progressives judge the many candidates vying for our support. Maybe some of those candidates will even adopt ides developed right here.

Hmmm. "Maybe"?

Keep the commentary civil folks.

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That'd be great if he ran. All the other pro-union Democrat candidates would either have to leave him alone and let him bash away at them, or attack his unionist views. More of the Democratic cannibalism we see in this state every four years.

Posted by: Patrick at February 27, 2009 10:29 AM

Who would be his running mate Frank Montanaro? Now that would be an interesting ticket.

Posted by: bob&frank show at February 27, 2009 10:57 AM

I think a Walsh v. Laffey race would be a great race of ideas.

There is even a "Draft Walsh" website.


Posted by: Matt Jerzyk at February 27, 2009 11:02 AM


Are you endorsing Walsh over Roberts?

Posted by: Scott at February 27, 2009 11:04 AM

A poll will be released on Monday that will show head to head data on the current contenders for the 2010 Gov race.

the poll was done this week (TUES and WED)

Frequency data will be delivered with a press release to anchor rising.

Among most demographics, it shows very clear winners in the primaries.

Posted by: Scott at February 27, 2009 11:08 AM

Scott -

Who paid for the poll to be done?


Posted by: Matt Jerzyk at February 27, 2009 11:25 AM

As for your question about my 'endorsement'... I haven't endorsed any gubernatorial candidate.

I have appeared on fundraisers for Roberts, Caprio, Lynch and Cicilline - all in their current capacities.

Once candidates announce or don't announce, I will be prepared to endorse.

But, for now, I consider myself a free agent.

Posted by: Matt Jerzyk at February 27, 2009 11:28 AM

Whoever sends the most ambulances your way wins your fair hand in 2010?

Posted by: John at February 27, 2009 5:53 PM

When is Millionaire Marxist Matt going to start an organizing campaign at Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or KFC?

Posted by: Mike at February 27, 2009 7:12 PM

Great, a Socialist for a President and another for a Governor. Just shoot me now!

Posted by: bobc at February 27, 2009 8:49 PM
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