Governor Patrick interview
The Hiller Instinct: Governor Patrick interview
Andy Hiller asks, "How is Massachusetts better today than it was the day you took office?"
Gov. Patrick says, "Ooh, well you know of course the economy's hit us very hard, hit everybody."
Hiller: "Does that mean it's not better?"
Gov. Patrick: "I think it's very hard for people right now."
It's a weak answer to a hard question, one the governor will have to improve as he runs for re-election.
"I don't think we have the tag line yet, but I still believe together we can. I think we have to work..." the governor says.
Hiller: "Do you think that ‘together we did?' So far, do you think ‘together we did?'"
Gov. Patrick: "Sure..."
Hiller: "Do you have a platform? What will your platform be?"
Gov. Patrick: "It will be the same one. That we've got to change the way we do business on Beacon Hill."
Hiller: "So you can run again as an outsider?"
Gov. Patrick: "I don't think I have a choice."
Hiller: "You came here as a new face, you came here as an outsider. What's it really like up here?"
Gov. Patrick: "I think what happens is that people come here and they give up. They find out how hard it is, how complex it is, how many distractions there can be, and they just sigh and give up. See, I haven't given up.
Hiller: "Do you control Beacon Hill?"
Gov. Patrick: "No."
Hiller: "Does the legislature control Beacon Hill?"
Gov. Patrick: "Nobody controls Beacon Hill, but I will say..."
Hiller: "But wait, if no one controls it, that means it's out of control."
Gov. Patrick: "No, that's not what it means."
His inability to predict how Beacon Hill will resolve key issues reflects his lack of power.
Hiller: "Yes or no, do you think we'll have a higher state income tax?"
Gov. Patrick: "No."
Hiller: "Do you think we'll have a higher state sales tax?"
Gov. Patrick: "Maybe."
Hiller: "Higher taxes on alcohol, candy and soda?"
Gov. Patrick: "That's what we proposed so I hope so."
Hiller: "Higher state gas tax?"
Gov. Patrick: "Jury's out."
Hiller: "Higher taxes and hotel rooms and meals?"
Gov. Patrick: "If we want to sustain local aid and keep property taxes down, yes."
Hiller: "Casino gambling?"
Gov. Patrick: "Not sure."
He's well aware many voters are ready to replace him.
Gov. Patrick: "I would rather have happier polls and better polls, but you know, when you and I met, Andy, I hardly had any name recognition at all, and little tiny polls you just can't think everyday."
Hiller: "Your name recognition is up."
Patrick: "But I'm here, and I think I was sent here to do what I think is right, and to do that every day, no matter what."
Governor Patrick is an optimist, which may not be as good as it sounds, because--right now-his perception of his performance is much more positive than what many voters think.
I do believe he'll run again; I'm not convinced he'll win.
I'm Andy Hiller, and that's my instinct.
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