With eyes on North Carolina, Mass. Dems mull acting governor plans

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 28, 2012

While Massachusetts Republicans’ sojourn in Florida created no ripples in state government management this week, cooperation will be required to ensure someone is in charge on Beacon Hill when Democrats decamp for North Carolina next week to attend their party’s national convention.

Gov. Deval Patrick plans to be at the convention from Monday through Thursday, according to aides, who say they’re working to ensure oversight of state government back home while top Democrats spend time in Charlotte, N.C.

“I think I’ll be probably flying down Wednesday, late Wednesday, so it’s my understanding that the Secretary of State will be flying back,” Lt. Gov. Tim Murray told the News Service at a press conference in Dorchester on Monday afternoon. Murray said Secretary William Galvin will be back to take temporary control of the governorship and oversee the state primary elections on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The state constitution dictates that upon a vacancy by the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state the temporary governorship would be given to the attorney general, the treasurer and then the auditor. While all five statewide constitutional officers plan to attend at least some portion of the Democratic National Convention, it appears the state CEO baton will never be passed beyond Galvin.

“I am a delegate to the convention, so I will be in Charlotte,” Attorney General Martha Coakley told reporters in Dorchester, clarifying that she would not be serving as the state’s chief executive.

Coordination has been already underway between the executive branch and Galvin’s office.

“The Governor's Office and Secretary of State's Office are in contact about next week,” said the governor’s press secretary in an email on Monday morning. “We are finalizing plans to ensure there is coverage and will have an update in the coming days.”

While the governorship has gone back and forth over the years between Republicans and Democrats, Democrats have retained control of both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature and in recent years the top statewide offices and all 10 – soon to be nine – seats in the U.S. House.

The biggest gathering of Democrats since Denver in 2008 will draw the entire Democratic Congressional delegation, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and three past DNC chairmen – Treasurer Steven Grossman and Debra DeLee who both headed up the national party during the Clinton administration, and Paul Kirk, who led the national party during part of the Reagan administration and served as interim U.S. senator after Ted Kennedy died.

State Senate President Therese Murray faces Plymouth resident Stephen Palmer in the Democratic primary on Thursday, Sept. 6, with Republican Tom Keyes awaiting the winner of the primary. Murray is not a delegate and an aide said she does not plan to attend the convention.

Meanwhile, other Democrats from state and local offices will trek down to Charlotte for the official nomination of President Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for president.

Sens. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose), Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) are planning to attend as delegates. Reps. James O’Day (West Boylston), Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Jamaica Plain), Ellen Story (D-Amherst), and Benjamin Swan (D-Springfield) will also be there as delegates.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay are all going as are fellow delegates and Boston City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson, Ayanna Pressley and Charles Yancey.

Others who will be delegates in North Carolina include Barbara Weniger, the Arlington baker who baked Obama his birthday cake when he celebrated his 47th in Boston in August 2008. James Roosevelt Jr., a Cambridge resident and the grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and will be in attendance as well.

After Boston, the city sending the most delegates is Newton, according to a list provided by the state party. The Garden City is sending nine delegates including Grossman and retiring Congressman Barney Frank. That puts it just ahead of Springfield, which is sending eight delegates.

The following is a list of delegates as posted online by the Massachusetts Democratic Party:

Elected Officials
Governor Deval Patrick
Senator John Kerry
Congressman Michael Capuano
Congressman Barney Frank
Congressman Bill Keating
Congressman Stephen Lynch
Congressman Edward Markey
Congressman Jim McGovern
Congressman Richard Neal
Congressman John Olver
Congressman John Tierney
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

DNC Members
Virginia Barnes
Gus Bickford
Attorney General Martha Coakley
Ray Jordan
Elaine Kamarck
Debra Kozikowski
David O’Brien
Jim Roosevelt
Diane Saxe
Sue Thomson
Chair John Walsh

Party Leaders
Debra DeLee
Treasurer Steve Grossman
Senator Paul Kirk

At-Large Delegates
City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
Senator Jen Flanagan
Senator Karen Spilka
Lois Pines
Auditor Suzanne Bump
Representative Willie Mae Allen
Senator Katherine Clark
Representative Benjamin Swan
Representative Jim O’Day
Speaker Robert DeLeo
President Steve Tolman
Secretary William Galvin
Mayor Thomas Menino
Treasurer of State Party, Eric Turner

District Delegates
Nazda Alam
Councilor Felix Arroyo
Cathaleen Ashton
Russell Ashton
Sandi Bagley
Shaynah Barnes
Rhonda Bourne
Brenda Brathwaite
Leon Brathwaite
John Brissette
Judy Brooks
Joe Caiazzo
Joseph Carlson
Ed Collins Jr.
Patricia Commane
Dori Dean
Ralph Edwards
Carmen Fields
Burt Freedman
Candy Glazer
Dylan Hayre
E. Henry Twiggs
Susan Heyman
David Holloway
Councilor Tito Jackson
Sharon Jewell
Denise Jordan
Joe Kaplan
Mayor Sue Kay
Brigid Kennedy-Pfister
Tom Larkin
Steve Leibowitz
Curtis LeMay
Ross Levanto
Sam Liao
Kathleen Manson
Louis Masiello
Tom McGrath
Nikko Mendoza
Jesse Mermell
Candy Mero Carlson
Faye Morrison
DA Michael Morrissey
Mayor David Narkewicz
Susanne O’Neil
Pavel Payano
Karen Payne
Robert Peters
Stella Pierce
Kathleen Polanowicz
Gail Poulten
Sam Poulten
Ervin “Tootsie” Russell
Marianne Rutter
Representative Jeffrey Sanchez
Ben Schwartz
Samantha Shusterman
Stanley Slepoy
Margaret Somer
Anthony Soto
Representative Ellen Story
Sharon Stout
Mayor Joseph Sullivan
Randall Tatum
Mario Teran
Keri Thompson
Adrienne Wilkins
Mayor Lisa Wong
Mardee Xifaras
Councilor Charles Yancey
Paul Yorkis

At-Large Delegates
Elaine Almquist
Carol Aloisi
Patricia Armstrong
Julie Burns
Mary Cokkinias
Lovie Elam
Carol Fulp
Kristie Helms
Dorothea Jones
Karen O’Donnell
Lesley Phillips
Marilyn Powers
Susan Pravada
Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo
Barbara Weniger
Linda Whitlock
Joyce Wilkins Nkwah
Bruce Samuel Adams Jr.
Robert Colt
Stephen Driscoll
Joseph Hanley
Thomas Lesser
Mushtaque Mirza
Diego Miguel Sanchez

Alternates
Melody Adams
Amanda Jusino
Donald Green
Jane Donahue
John Mahoney
Martin Heyman
Nancy Stenberg
Ossie Jordan
Suzanne LeMay
Standing Committee Platform
Ann Roosevelt
Marianne Karmel
Phil Johnston
Joe Steinfield
Standing Committee Rules
Margaret Rolph
Micho Spring
Miniard Culpepper
Joel Barrerra
Standing Committee Credentials
Bill Dooling
Eric Ramanathan
Nurys Camargo
Wilnelia Rivera
Pages
Mike Morris
Stacey Monahan
Kathleen “Toody” Healy
Shaw McDermott