Let's look at a few frames of his announcement video to find out
Is another multi-millionaire trying to "buy" the Governor's office?
If you click on the TV screen on the right you will be able to see the video released last week where venture capitalist Chris Gabrieli endorses the Cape Wind project.
What caught the attention of media mavens like Jack Coleman was the part of the video early on which pans to a gas pump.
In it the price for regular gas is $2.77 a gallon.
How long has it been since that was a price you saw on any pumps?
Maybe BEFORE the convention?
Back on June 2 and 3 the Massachusetts Democrats held this year's state convention in Worcester. Gabrieli expected to make the 15% cut which would allow him to run with the other survivors in the September Democratic Primary to select this year's candidate for Governor. Did he plan to run the video then?
He made the 15% cut, but he apparently waited months before running this ad endorsing Cape Wind. Some local gas stations said they haven't seen that low a price for regular in six months.
His ad agency has to have made that video in the months BEFORE the June Convention in order to have it ready, and the price of regular gas in Massachusetts last week when the ad first ran is over $3.00 a gallon.
The whole point of showing a gas price was to impress us with his renewable energy stand, so there is no reason on earth the agency would have not filmed the highest gas prices available at the time they created the ad.
See the still-frame form the video on right, then click on the one above to see it for yourself.
Gabrieli spends $5.2 million, out-Mitts Romney
Mr. Gabrieli has mentioned figures as high as $15 million as how much he was willing to spend to get the nomination and election as governor, so we can assume his advertising agency had the budget to prepare for any contingency. Today's news reports said he has spent $5,200,000 before August, the highest in Massachusetts history for that period with the primary still five weeks away. Read today's Herald
which states he is closing in on Mitt Romney's $6,100,000 for a complete campaign. Sounds more like a Republican than a Democrat.
Yet he is getting almost no contributions from the voters.
In the month of July he was given $45,916 by the public while his two opponents were given three and eight times as much. Deval Patrick may have been given nearly that at one fundraiser last evening at the Chequessett Yacht and Country Club in Wellfleet where 150 well-heeled Liberals slurped the world's best oysters at $125 to $500 a pop per person. See the photo at the bottom of this event.
Patrick has a grassroots campaign with over 6,000 volunteers and has raised more than $4 million, mostly in small donations, including more than $800,000 in donations raised through the campaign's website
this newspaper is running on our front page right now reflects these same percentages with Deval Patrick outdistancing both opponents Tom Reilly and Chis Gabrieli, Independent Christy Mihos with 1 vote and only GOP candidate Kerry Healey a serious threat to Patrick's winning in November. Cast you own vote today
The "second man" on the moon
Do you think he waited to "see how the wind was blowing" before sticking his neck out for renewable energy? Maybe he finally figured out when the voters across the state were on this issue, unlike Deval Patrick who endorsed the project almost a year ago because he thought it was the right thing to do despite being urged not to by every important Democratic pol in the state.
What other reason could explain Gabrieli waiting a half year or so to announce a decision he had already made? Do you think he may be trying to "buy" the governor's office?
The irony is that nobody except this newspaper and the Cape Cod Times seemed to care enough to run the story. Nobody remembers the second man on the moon either.
BTW, it was Buzz Aldrin. Below is a photo from last night fundraiser.
From left in Wellfleet last night, Orleans political activists Jackie and Dick Philbrick
, Deval Patrick
and Democratic State Rep. candidate Sarah Peake