Don't know much about this race, but PolitickerMA is paying attention. Democrat Sara Orozco is picking up some heavyweight insiders. The Dems know that Brown has a future and a great resume, so with cash and enrollment and an possible Obama tsumani in Mass, they're confident they can crush a future star. Am I reading this wrong?
Statewide political analysts have had a hard time handicapping Orozco's bid to unseat Brown (R-Wrentham). The district is divided between liberal communities in the north (Wellesley and Needham) and conservative areas in the south (Wrentham and Attleboro). Brown is also considered to be a rising star of the state's Republican Party and many note him as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate in the future. Brown's cache has led many progressive Democrats to focus their attention on the race, since an Orozco win could send a symbolic message to a Republican Party that already has a small contingent in the Statehouse. Orozco has also hired Scott Ferson of the Liberty Square Group to consult on the campaign's media strategy. Ferson, a former press secretary for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Hyannis Port), has also consulted for Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray (D-Worcester), U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and on Murray and Gov. Deval Patrick's 2006 campaign. She has also hired Dan Cohen of Connection Strategies as her pollster. Cohen is also polling for Sonia Chang-Diaz (D), who is challenging state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston). (Cohen was behind the internal poll Chang-Diaz released this week that sent waves through the political worlds.) The state Democratic Party, Orozco added, has help get the campaign up and running.
When I was growing up Wellesley was hardly the liberal bastion that recently gave us former Sen. Jacques. It was fairly solidly Republican.