Scot Lehigh has a very important piece in today’s Boston Globe, What are Markey, Lynch promising to interest groups?: The Democratic Senate candidates are making promises, but won’t make them public. Lehigh argues that the Democratic candidates are making “covert commitments” in order to secure the backing of interest groups including unions (mostly) and refusing to make public the “questionnaires” these groups require of candidates.
Neither Lynch nor Markey will release the candidate questionnaires they have filled out for organizations like the state AFL-CIO and neither will most of the organizations themselves. Secret promises?
On the Republican side, Dan Winslow has agreed to release any campaign questionnaire he fills out, Gabriel Gomez says he has a no questionnaire policy, and Michael Sullivan is non-committal. Score one for the Republicans.
Last fall Charlie Baker came to speak to my class in Massachusetts Politics and at coffee with a few students later he was asked why such a moderate politician would be a Republican in this state. He drew some good distinctions but the one that impressed my students and stuck with me was this: ‘because if you go into office in this state as a Republican you don’t owe anybody.’
From Lehigh’s article, here are organizations he asked to release their candidate questionnaires who answered “No”:
Boston Teachers Union
Massachusetts Teachers Union
Clean Water Action
Massachusetts Coalition of Police
Massachusetts Nurses Association
Two organizations that did let Lehigh see their candidate questionnaires: