I was at Elizabeth Warren for Senate headquarters in Somerville this afternoon when the Governor, Deval Patrick, a Democrat, endorsed Warren for Senate despite the fact that this is a contested Democratic primary race.
The Governor's justification for endorsing Elizabeth Warren made complete sense coming from a man who personified 'building a grassroots campaign' with values: he did not denigrate Elizabeth Warren's primary opponent, Marisa DeFranco, he praised her, yet he rightfully pointed out that DeFranco has not built the grassroots structure that is necessary at this point in the campaign process.
Grassroots does not equal campaign contributions - it goes deeper than that and I do not even want to reference comparing campaign contributions between the 2 women and neither did the Governor- it is the number of boots on the ground that is necessary to wage a grassroots campaign that is most important.
Who has the most boots on the ground right now?
The Governor acknowledged that 'values' must be expressed by candidates and that both women as candidates are doing so, but that it cannot be denied that Elizabeth Warren has tapped into more citizens being willing to wage a campaign on her behalf than DeFranco has managed to generate and that a values campaign combined with grassroots activism is what wins elections.
The Governor and Elizabeth Warren share a common demeanor as well - I may not express myself adequately here, but they are both earnest, inclusive, reaching out to appeal to people's best and better natures about what is possible. I have heard Marissa DeFranco in person and her passion about politics is clearly evident. I share many of her policy positions as I do with Elizabeth Warren( disclosure: I am a Warren delegate), and yet while Marissa DeFranco has had MORE time to connect with primary voters( she was in this race before Warren), for whatever reason de Franco has just not made the necessary connection with the citizens willing to become activists on her behalf and that is the reality.
That's the Governor's reality as well - he expressed it, framed it as such.
Deval Patrick also spoke to the importance of this Senate race - no-one can afford to be blind to reality when the incumbent we are dealing with is Scott Brown.