Daily Archives: September 3, 2010

Night of the backfiring attacks

Posted by Jeremy Shulkin

Last night all six democratic candidates gathered in one room at the The Willows retirement community for their final debate before the September 14 primary. Here are a few brief observations/conclusions I came away with, with more explanation underneath:

1) The top three candidates to beat are (in no particular order) Joff Smith, Margot Barnet and John Mahoney — in their own eyes and in the eyes of the other three candidates.

2) The candidates were on their guard. Most times when a candidate was attacked for a position, endorsement or former vote, it backfired on the attacker. At times this solidified support for the “victim” and simply made the attacker look silly.

3) Candidates stayed away from hot-button social issues (same-sex marriage, abortion) and managed to avoid illegal immigration too.

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