Two of three Democratic candidates for governor now support project
The odds just got almost even if the controversial Stevens' amendment to allow the Massachusetts governor to decide the fate of the Cape wind ffrm doesn't become operable until after the November elections.
In the first debate between the Democratic contenders for Massachusetts Governor, Chris Gabrieli (on right) joined Deval Patrick in endorsing the Cape Wind project. That leaves Democratic candidate Reilly and Republican candidate Kerry Healey opposed with the wild card of Independent candidate Christy Mihos, also opposed, seen as a very long shot.
The pre-recorded debate will be televised Sunday morning at 8:30 am on CBS4 channel 4. After the debate reporters asked Chris Gabrieli about his position on the wind farm. Here's how the Lowell SUN reported Gabrieli's response at the bottom of their story today:
Patrick and Gabrieli said they support a controversial plan to erect wind turbines off the coast of Cape Cod as a way to start weaning off foreign oil. Reilly opposes the project.
The Gabrieli press office confirmed the Lowell SUN story today saying that if the environmental reviews remain positive and if the Interior Department's final report is "good for Massachusetts" Mr. Gabrieli not only will endorse the project, but sees renewable energy projects here as a way to restart the state's economy and stop population and job losses.
CBS4's Jon Keller, who moderated the debate, reported today that:
If you sink a half hour into watching Chris Gabrieli, Deval Patrick, and Tom Reilly when the debate airs this Sunday morning, you'll come away with a sense of some pretty clear differences between them.
You can see the broadcast anytime by clicking the TV screen in the upper right of the web page here as well.