"Our choice for governor isn?t even close"

Deval Patrick for governor

Election campaigns are crucibles: the heat can reveal a candidate’s character in unexpected ways. In recent times few have had their mettle tested as much as Deval Patrick, the Democratic candidate for governor. Patrick has withstood a withering personal assault from his Republican opponent and from a talk-radio political culture that polarizes and demeans. Through it all, the first-time candidate has kept his dignity, refused to be dragged into the mudslinging, and honored the promise he made early on to his supporters to promote ‘‘a new kind of politics’’ — a kind that emphasizes common goals. What that says about Patrick’s character is just as impressive as his high-powered resume, his thoughtful issue positions and his stirring appeal to new voters. We are delighted to endorse his candidacy for governor...

Despite claims by his opponents that Patrick has made a long, budget-busting list of promises to special interests, his immediate priorities are rather modest. He wants to add 1000 police officers to local communities (Cost: $85 million, or less than one-half of one percent of the total state budget.) He wants to expand the circuit-breaker limit on property taxes for the elderly so that more residents are eligible (cost: $60 million). He wants to implement the state’s landmark universal health care law — slowly and carefully, without drama. Other more sweeping investments, in universal early education, for example, will have to wait until the economy rebounds...  Massachusetts desperately needs a return to such values...

Massachusetts desperately needs a return to such values.  Our choice for governor isn’t even close. 
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