Voice of the Voter: Natick
The Hiller Instinct: Voice of the Voter: Natick
This stretch of stores and shops of all sizes along route nine in Natick is called the golden mile. So if you want to find out what voters are shopping for in the governor's race, there's no better place to start than a mall, where you'll discover no one's buying what the candidates are selling:
"To me, they're all the same."
"It seems like they attack each other."
"Nothing has been said that really matters."
What these shoppers say should concern the candidates, because in the last gubernatorial election, when Republicans Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift defeated Democrats Scott Harshbarger and Warren Tolman, the state-wide result was almost the same as the numbers in Natick, with the difference less than one percentage point.
Locals say if you want to talk politics, Russ' lunch is the place to go. Inside, we heard a political mouth full:
"Being that I'm from Massachusetts I really don't trust any of the politicians. So what they say and what they're actually gonna do I don't hold a lot of faith in that."
Another customer agrees:
"They start out with a bunch of baloney and then they refine it."
And even Natick voters keeping cool at the town beach get steamed talking about the governor's race:
"I think they're spending too much time battling with each other; they're not saying what I want to hear."
"I haven't heard yet much about the issues I'm concerned with."
"I'm hearing a dirty campaign... a lot of negative press...and I'm not happy with that. I don't like that"
Maybe it's the higher home prices, or the higher property taxes that come with them. Maybe it's the Prop 2 1/2 override it took to pay for more firemen. But whatever it is, the voice of the voter here is frustrated, almost cynical.
Some candidate, of course, will win in Natick, but, right now, it seems the governor's race has already lost this town.