Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The votes are in, and Don Berwick did not succeed in his quest to obtain the Democratic nomination for Governor.  While this is surely a disappointment to Don, his family, and his many supporters, the primary election process has nonetheless been good for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Don's campaign was a principled one--stressing substantive themes in a variety of policy arenas.  He did not duck hard issues: He straightforwardly set forth his positions, supported by logic, reason, and passion.

His demeanor was consistently professional, friendly, and good humored.  While he was direct in disagreeing with his rivals, his approach was civil, never stooping to ad hominem attacks.

In choosing to run from the position of private citizen, Don had the courage to offer himself and his family to the blood sport that is Massachusetts politics, exposing his views, his vulnerabilities, and his private life to the magnifying glass of traditional and social media.  That kind of decision takes courage, undergirded by a commitment to the public good.

By example, then, Don provided us with a refreshing civics lesson.  It is no surprise that he became a Pied Piper of sorts for many young people looking for a political cause.  Hundreds of people in their 20's and 30's joined in helping in the campaign offices and in the field, adding enthusiasm and zest to the political process.  Many of those young people will choose to be active in future political activities, for the good of us all.

So, thanks, Don.  Your campaign--like the rest of your distinguished career--leaves behind a legacy of strength and goodness for the people of the Commonwealth.


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