(Mr. Fowler links not once, but TWICE to this humble blog in his call for supporting Sullivan. Your posts garner national attention. – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
Here are some excerpts from Jack Fowler’s post earlier this afternoon over at The Corner blog over at National Review Online. The title is “So About That Special Election in Massachusetts “.
I agree with Mr. Fowler and, using the Buckley maxim mentioned below, that is why I chose to support Michael Sullivan over the other gentlemen during this primary.
It’s a little clearer on the GOP side, where there are three candidates: Gabriel Gomez, Dan Winslow, and Michael Sullivan. The last of those has a wide lead in the WBUR survey, gathering 28 percent of the vote (Winslow and Gomez, neck-and-neck for last place, trail by a lot, at 10 and 8 percent respectively). Working backward: Gomez is a Naval Academy grad (a former SEAL, now an investor) who earlier this year pleaded with Governor Deval Patrick to appoint him to replace Kerry, earning him a not-too-swell reputation (Michael Graham cites Gomez’s support for Obama in 2008 and describes him as a “pro-Obama, pro-amnesty, pro-gun-control liberal,” while Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr calls Gomez “the Eddie Haskell of the Mass. Republican Party.”). Gomez didn’t vote in the 2008 or 2012 GOP presidential primaries (an interesting position for a guy asking Republicans to vote in a . . . Republican primary). And finally, what opponent wouldn’t cherish this headline: “Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez says he ‘fully supported’ John McCain, after telling Gov. Patrick he supported Barack Obama.”
Winslow is a trial lawyer and a liberal state rep who’s got a thing about giving money to liberal Democrats. And he’s also got a thing about social conservatives. Not a good one: When the Massachusetts Citizens for Life PAC endorsed Sullivan earlier this month, Winslow blurted out that the GOP “deserved to lose” if a social conservative won the primary. So much for the Big Tent.
Sullivan is the clear conservative. He is a former state representative whose impressive pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps bio includes stints as district attorney for Plymouth County, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts (Sullivan’s the guy who put terrorist shoe-bomber Richard Reid away), and acting director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. As mentioned, he won the pro-life endorsement. And he is putting together a classy campaign.
Sullivan looks like he has the mojo to prevail over Gomez and Winslow, so conservatives should be thinking about his endgame chances. He certainly satisfies the Buckley Rule by being the “rightwardmost viable candidate,” and folks should take solace from these facts: He has a well-vetted career, is likable, has broad appeal, and has a black belt on law-and-order and safety (he also has a crack campaign team). Sullivan doesn’t have my vote, because I don’t live in Massachusetts, but if I did, I would be spending my every available hour trying to help him. For now, my money will have to do, and it has. I humbly suggest to conservatives: Yours should too.