Hiller Instinct: Leap of faith
The Hiller Instinct: Hiller Instinct: Leap of faith
Though he announced his candidacy more than a year-and-a half ago, Deval Patrick is still bedeviled by doubts about exactly what his intentions are, about which policies he'll put behind his political poetry and, perhaps most importantly, about precisely what it is that together we can accomplish.
Still, the state voted overwhelmingly to take a chance on a political unknown and find out!
Why? Not only because Patrick is a charismatic candidate, but, more, because over half the state's voters think we've been headed in the wrong direction.
Kerry Healey represented no change, and that's one big reason why she had no chance in this election.
If she'd won tonight, we all know what we'd get, and state voters didn't want it.
Healey can argue she could never win, that she was destined to drown under a wave of Republican rejection.
But she cannot argue she ran the best race she could. Too many voters were turned off by the tone of her campaign, and when she tried to soften her image, it was too late, and I think she knows it.
Give Christy Mihos some credit, because his independent streak puts him on track to win more votes than any other third party candidate in the history of the Commonwealth.
But, tonight, it's the history Deval Patrick made that we'll remember.
And on his first night as governor-elect, surely Democrats, Independents and even Republicans wish him and the Commonwealth the best of luck.
Live in the newsroom, Iím Andy Hiller, 7News.
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