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The race is kinda on; Gubernatorial field doesn't overwhelm.

Massachusetts may be as politically lopsided a place as any in America, but Democratic dominance doesn't mean that politics here can't be just as entertaining as in battleground states that perennially hang in the balance between the major parties.

Take the current gubernatorial campaign, for instance.

The field, at least for now, includes three independent candidates, one of whom, Scott Lively, co-authored a book in which he claimed that homosexuals were the "true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities.''

The other independents, Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick, haven't managed to gain any traction either, but have at least comported themselves with dignity.

Massachusetts Republicans, having done all they could to prevent Tea Party favorite Mark Fisher from making the ballot, relented in time to allow him to provide at least some sparring practice for nominee Charlie Baker, who, in any other state, would surely be considered a moderate Democrat.

Which brings us to Democratic nominee Martha Coakley, who survived a bruising primary but has inspired enough doubts about her electoral prospects that U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal of Springfield called upon the other 10 members of the state's congressional delegation to donate at least $25,000 each to her campaign.

Well, if the hoi polloi won't step forward, someone has to. Still, we wonder about a strategy of appealing to the political elite a month before Election Day.

Happily, there is that month. That's plenty of time for someone to step up and demonstrate that he or she has what it takes to be the state's next governor.

Where have you gone, Levi Lincoln?

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Oct 6, 2014
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