Former Gov. Michael Dukakis jumped on the Mike Capuano train this weekend — literally. WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov covered the endorsement by the "transportation governor," starting on a Green Line train to Brookline.
Alan Khazei was endorsed by the Boston Globe, which acknowledged his "unconventional" background, but called him the state's "best chance to produce another great senator."
"All four Democrats are likely to vote the same way on most major issues. The differences lie in leadership and personal style. In both, Khazei’s brimming potential stands out."
The paper's Republican endorsement went to state Sen. Scott Brown, who they called the "clear choice" over his opponent, attorney Jack E. Robinson. Brown, the Globe said, "gives articulate voice to conservatives’ misgivings about a Democratic Congress."
The Globe's Matt Viser reported on Khazei's latest out-of-town endorsement: General Wesley Clark. Khazei has something of a lock among celebrities — Clark follows actress Elizabeth Shue and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg in throwing support behind the City Year co-founder.
Lines Of Attack
Capuano is criticizing Attorney General Martha Coakley for suggesting several years ago that the Patriot Act wouldn’t damage civil liberties. Matt Viser calls it a "new line of attack ... in the final week of the campaign."
The Globe's Eric Moskowitz reported on Stephen Pagliuca's use of advertising to call out Coakley and Capuano as potential obstacles to the passage of a health insurance legislation. The ad, which aired on Thanksgiving Eve, was the first from any campaign to critique opponents by name.
Sprint To The Senate
The Globe's Brian Mooney debriefed the Democratic candidates' "furious get-out-the-vote efforts" in the remaining days before the Dec. 8 primary. The candidates have a dual challenge, Mooney says: awakening the interest of the electorate and marketing themselves as worthy heirs to the Kennedy seat.
This program aired on November 30, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.