Maura Healey Is Coming On Strong [OPINION]
Attorney General Maura Healey is raising copious amounts of campaign cash as speculation mounts that she could be a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts next year.
The Boston Herald reports the super-liberal Healey raked in $102,762 in March. According to the paper, Healey commanded between $125 and $1,000 a head for a "Women for Maura" fundraiser last month. Campaign finance records indicate Healey has more than $3 million in her campaign war chest at this point.
Healey has been everywhere, and everywhere she goes she gives incumbent Republican Governor Charlie Baker a lickin' for his handling of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. She certainly sounds like she is testing the waters for a run for governor.
Baker seems to be having a change of heart and appears to be considering seeking a third term. His poll numbers are improving as more and more people are being vaccinated against the plague and the re-opening of the state moves forward. But Lt. Governor Karyn Polito is raising more money than Baker.
The Boston Herald reports Polito raised $64,577 last month while Baker collected $25,4577. According to campaign finance records, she has more than $2 million on hand to Baker's $561,253. There is no doubt that Baker can shift his fundraising activities into high gear and outpace Polito but catching Healey could be problematic.
Should Healey decide to run, she could face a formidable challenge from Rep. Ayanna Pressley for the Democrat nomination. One thing is for certain: Healey knows how to campaign and certainly knows how to raise money.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.