Massachusetts has had 71 governors since John Hancock in 1780. There was even one, John Calvin Coolidge, who went from the "corner office" on Beacon Hill to the "oval office" in Washington.
But there were none in recent memory who got there via the State Senate.
But Dan Wolf, the Cape & Islands State Senator, just may become the first to do so.
The ability to change his mind
Unlike most pols, Wolf is a realist who can change his position on major issues when given enough new evidence.
He was active in the Cape Cod Chamber seven years ago when that ossified organization was ranting against the Cape Wind project while its lobbyist, John O'Brien's, son worked for a Cape Wind competitor.
Wolf listened to their arguments, and then flew to Denmark to see what the offshore wind farm facts were there.
He came home and voiced a new position 180 degrees away from the anti-wind farm groups and, like Deval Patrick before him, endorsed and worked for the creation of America's first wind farm here.
Just this past week he said he would vote against the Tax Holiday law as another example of Beacon Hill double-talk. A smart move when people here realized the Tax Holiday date was in August and would draw visitors away during the height of our tourism season.
A quixotic quest? Not for Dan Wolf
After all, no one else has ever started an airline like Cape Air which Wolf grew to be the world's largest privately-owned airline in just 25 years. Today Cape Air serves exotic ports of call from Guam in the Pacific to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Despite his enormous business success, Wolf still lives in the same small house in North Harwich he's lived in since he moved to the Cape lo those many years ago.
Continuing with his aviation-themed campaign for governor, Sen. Dan Wolf in two weeks will set out on tour around the state to meet and introduce himself to voters. The "Take Off with Dan Wolf" tour will start Aug. 13 in Billerica at a Democratic Town Committee meeting and take the Cape Cod senator to 42 cities and towns.
"We are running a grassroots campaign to the core, and I will engage people on issues they care about most in living rooms and around kitchen tables across the Commonwealth," Wolf said in a statement. "We have a legacy of grassroots organizing around progressive values that I am committed to, and I look forward to continuing this conversation with voters in the days ahead."
Wolf is serving his second term in the Senate, and started his professional career as an airplane mechanic and pilot before founding Cape Air. Wolf early in his campaign has focused on the concentration of wealth and his belief in building the middle class. Wolf's tour includes stops at the homes of former Sen. Pam Resor of Acton and Rep. Chris Walsh in Framingham.