I've been putting this post off, because the decision was hard. The primary for the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat is tomorrow. There are a bunch of people running in the Dem primary, but three who seem to count: Rep. Michael Capuano
, Attorney General Martha Coakley
, and City Year founder/national service & education reformer Alan Khazei
Either Capuano or Coakley will almost certainly win, and I'm ok with that. Capuano's been my rep for years. He's voted my way on most things, he communicates well with his constituents, he has a hell of a lot of legislative experience, and I think he'd be a good Senator.
I'm less thrilled about Coakley -- she strikes me as uninspired, business-as-usual, not a legislative fighter. But that's totally subjective (like all of this, of course). We also agree on most things, and we could always use another woman in the Senate.
But I'm voting for Khazei, and here's why: if I can live with either of the frontrunners, I might as well vote for the guy I really
believe in, right? The Globe's lovely endorsement
gets at my reasons. It talks about his "entrepreneurial model of progressive politics": he's a grassroots reformer, which means he knows how to cooperate and communicate and fight at all levels of government, with all stakeholders.
Khazei is an idealist and a visionary, and if there's one thing I think politics needs more of, it's people who are genuinely passionate about making the world better. The Globe describes him as "Massachusetts’ best chance to produce another great senator," and I think (of the available options, anyway) I agree.