Reporter's Notebook: Golar Richie mulls run for statewide office — but is time on her side?

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 26, 2014

“Charlotte for Mayor” didn’t work out. Could “Charlotte for Treasurer” or "Charlotte for Lt. Governor" happen any differently?

That was the question on the minds of some political operatives and reporters in the last week after the Boston Globe’s Jim O’Sullivan reported that Charlotte Golar Richie, who placed third in last September’s mayoral primary, is talking to party insiders about a bid for treasurer. She also met last week with a fellow Dorchester Democrat, Mayor Marty Walsh, the Globe report said. A follow-up report on Tuesday night said she is considering a run for lieutenant governor now.

Golar Richie, who served as a state representative and went on to become an aide to Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino, did not respond to a request for comment from the Reporter. Those close to her confirm she has had conversations with friends and supporters about running for treasurer or lieutenant governor.

If she does pull the trigger on another run for public office, Golar Richie will face some logistical hurdles. They will be eased somewhat if the mayor backs her and he has many reasons – 2,017 reasons, to pick a number out of the air – to do so. She backed Walsh in the general election against then-Councillor At-Large John Connolly and served as a co-chair of Walsh’s transition team.

The treasurer’s slot is open due to Steve Grossman’s run for governor this year, and the office of lieutenant governor is also available. But the Democratic caucuses are over and the deadline for turning nomination signatures in to local elections officials is May 6. That means Golar Richie will need to gather thousands of voter signatures to get on the ballot, on top of signatures from Democratic delegates in order to gain entry to the convention in Worcester in June.

Golar Richie, who has publicly lamented that she jumped into the mayoral race too late, had not pulled nomination papers for treasurer or for lieutenant governor as of Wednesday morning, according to the secretary of the commonwealth’s office.

Fundraising was another issue for her mayoral campaign; she recently held a fundraiser to pay off her debt from the race.

And then there are the candidates who have been running for the office and are out gathering signatures now. Longtime Democratic operative Steve Kerrigan, Cambridge Councillor Leland Cheung, former auditor candidate Mike Lake, Jonathan Edwards and James Arena-DeRosa. Former state Rep. Karyn Polito will face off against the Democratic primary winner as part of the ticket with Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker.

For the office of treasurer, on the Democratic side, the candidates are former lieutenant governor candidate Deb Goldberg, state Rep. Tom Conroy and state Sen. Barry Finegold. The winner of the Democratic primary will likely face Republican nominee Mike Heffernan and the Green-Rainbow Party’s Ian Jackson, if they get their signatures in.

On Monday night, Finegold was in Dorchester, making his pitch to the Ward 17 Democratic Committee, which met at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 offices on Adams Street.

A day after the first Globe report on Golar Richie, Goldberg’s campaign put out a release touting the support of five left-leaning state representatives, including Ruth Balser, Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Frank Smizik, Kay Khan and Sarah Peake.

“Our campaign continues to grow each day because we are speaking about the issues that people care about,” Goldberg said in a statement that accompanied the release. “Financial literacy and wage equality will be priority number one when I am sworn in as Treasurer.”

Whether Golar Richie will have anything to say about that remains an open question.

13th Suffolk candidates gather for unity brunch
Dan Hunt isn’t leaving much to chance. He may have handily won the March 4 primary to succeed Marty Walsh in the House, but he moved quickly to ensure his fellow Democrats were on board with him for the general election on April 1.

Hunt, a former State House aide, hosted a “unity breakfast” on Saturday, March 22, with the other Democrats at the Sugar Bowl Café on Dorchester Ave. The other Democrats on the primary ballot included civic activist John O’Toole, labor attorney Liam Curran, former reporter Gene Gorman and Boston Public Health Commission attorney PJ McCann.

Hunt’s campaign put out a release earlier this week highlighting the breakfast.

“It has been great to talk with the other candidates in this race and I’m proud to have run with them and that we all kept this campaign positive,” Hunt said in a statement. “This campaign focused exclusively on the needs of the district and the issues facing the Commonwealth. Every one of us ran a strong campaign and I look forward to working with PJ, Gene, Liam, and John in the future.”

Walsh, a Savin Hill resident, vacated the 13th Suffolk seat after serving the district for 16 years and winning last year’s mayoral race.

Hunt will likely coast to a victory in the April 1 general election, with no Republican on the ballot.

Former Ross campaign manager heads to D.C.
The Boston political operative who ran former City Councillor Mike Ross’s campaign last year is taking a job with Putnam Partners, a Democratic media consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Cayce McCabe, who jumped to the Ross campaign after running state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry’s First Suffolk District campaign in 2013, is signing on as a senior associate.

McCabe announced the move in a mass email. He will keep advising a candidate, Evandro Carvahlo, who is running to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez, through the April 1 primary election and April 29 election. He had advised Dan Hunt in the recent 13th Suffolk primary.

Putnam Partners put together the Ross campaign’s running ad -- which showed Ross sprinting through Boston handing out his platform -- and an ad for state Rep. Carl Sciortino’s Congressional run to replace Ed Markey. Their past clients include former Mayor Thomas Menino, former US Rep. Barney Frank and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Current clients include Warren Tolman’s campaign for state attorney general, Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign for US Senate in Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

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