They shouldn't be funny, but Tom Reilly's troubles and indecisiveness in picking a running mate are. Perhaps it's his bloodless, Ichabod Crane look, but Reilly brings a deadpan comedy to Massachusetts governor's race. Yet, we fear that it is all unintentional.
In the recent coverage of Marie St. Fleur, a name recurs. We hope Tommy is noticing. The Tommy and Ralph Show is what should be playing.
If Rep. St Fleur sneaks away to try and clear up her back taxes, maybe Reilly will persuade or beg Ralph Martin to take a leave from his law practice and step up to Lieutenant Governor.
There would be a couple of ironies. First, while Reilly likes to bill himself as law-and-order, Ralph walks the talk. As Suffolk DA he was tough and on duty all the time.
Personal Note: Ralph's kids played soccer with mine in JP. We attended and rooted; so we knew each other. One day at practice, I was there with a bike, ready to wheel out for a ride afterward. Ralph was squinting at my swimming/cycling legs and finally couldn't stand it anymore. "Do you take steroids?" he asked. Always on the job.
Second, Ralph is a Republican, albeit a socially progressive one. His presence could bring many defections, particularly from wealthy suburbs and the exurbs.
In fact, the better ticket might be Ralph as Governor and Ichabod for LG.