The position of lieutenant governor is a strange one in Massachusetts. It's one of the state's highest offices, and one that's been a springboard for politicians including Paul Cellucci, Jane Swift, John Kerry -- even Calvin Coolidge.
And yet the post has been vacant since Tim Murray resigned more than a year ago. So what will be the role of the state's next lieutenant governor? Do we even need a lieutenant governor?
We put that question to the Democrat running for that office, Steve Kerrigan. Now, we welcome Republican Karyn Polito, a veteran state legislator from Shrewsbury, an attorney and part owner of a commercial real estate development firm and she's running to be the state's next lieutenant governor.
- "Kerrigan spent more than a decade working for the late US senator Edward M. Kennedy in a variety of positions, including political director and state policy director."
- "The focus this election season is naturally on the governor’s race, but on Nov. 4, if you cast a ballot for Democrat Martha Coakley or Republican Charlie Baker, you’ll also be voting for their running mates."
- "Steve Kerrigan is a little-known former political operative running for lieutenant governor, an unheralded office that has almost no power and has been vacant for more than a year. So when he showed up at a picket line of nurses in Worcester, and was greeted by wild cheers and applause whipped up by a union activist bellowing into a bullhorn, even he seemed a little startled."
This article was originally published on October 21, 2014.
This segment aired on October 21, 2014.