Bipartisan Rich Guys

The Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi’s column today asks that Republicans cut senate candidate Gabriel Gomez some slack for his dances with Democrats. After all she argues, Bill Weld showed Republicans how to win in Massachusetts and he modeled bipartisanship. That got me to thinking about possibly our greatest resource for bipartisanship.

Bipartisan ambitious rich guys.

And how is their bipartisanship most evident? By giving money to politicians of both parties, of course. As for Gomez, take a look at this link to, where poster Paul R. Ferro shows that Gomez has not only contributed to Mitt Romney, Kerry Healey, Bush/Cheney, but also to Obama/Biden and Alan Khazei. Bipartisan bucks!

In the spirit of bipartisanship let’s not forget the contributions of Steve Pagliuca, Bain Capital partner, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, and 2009 special senate candidate for the Democratic Party nomination. He ran into some primary turbulence for having given money to his former partner and friend Mitt Romney in his 1994 run against Senator Ted Kennedy.

Another Massachusetts model for bipartisanship is Mitt Romney’s handpicked (former) Republican state party chair, Bob (Mr. Magoo) Maginn. The GOP leader had contributed to the campaigns of Democrats Deval Patrick and Charles Schumer.

Now I try not to promote cynicism especially in idealistic young minds, so I won’t even raise the possibility that some of this cross-party money was intended to curry favor or provide insurance policies for business purposes.

Nope, I am here to praise bipartisan ambitious rich guys.




About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts.
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