Maura Healey should show courage and invite Joe Biden to a “We Love You, Joe” rally in Boston.
As Democratic candidates elsewhere in the country distance themselves from the struggling president, who has slumped in the polls, Healey, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, could give Biden a boost.
And, with nearly 90% of people believing the country is on the wrong track, Biden could use a helping hand, especially from Massachusetts Democrats who have strongly backed him in the past.
Healey, the two-term attorney general, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and is a heavy favorite to win the governorship in the November election. She’s been a staunch Biden supporter and, in heavily Democratic and progressive Massachusetts, has little to lose — and a lot to gain — by hosting an event or rally for Biden.
She should sponsor a presidential visit on her own. She could easily get the likes of former Massachusetts US senator John Kerry, now Biden’s climate change czar, and former Boston mayor Marty Walsh, Biden’s secretary of labor, to participate. Both owe Biden for their work, and both have campaigned in Boston and the state extensively in the past.
All nine Democratic members of the U.S. House state could also play a role in a Biden visit. All nine support Biden, as do American senses Elizabeth Warren and Eddie Markey.
A warm welcome for Biden could also help Democrats in the upcoming congressional elections. If Republicans win control of the House in the 2022 election, all nine House members will lose their House committee positions, including Springfield Rep. Ritchie Neal, chairman of the important House Ways and Means Committee. bedroom.
Democrats could also convince Barack Obama, Biden’s former boss, to attend a rally in Boston for Biden. While he may not be a registered Massachusetts voter, he resides in a $14 million waterfront estate on Martha’s Vineyard.
Usually, it’s a president who sweeps a state to give a gubernatorial candidate or congressional support through political rallies and fundraising. In Biden’s case, the opposite is true. Candidates don’t run to Biden, they run from him.
The latest example is Biden’s trip to Ohio last week for a speech in Cleveland. Democrats running for office across the state not only ignored his arrival and speech, but were also nowhere to be found.
U.S. Representative from Ohio, U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan and gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley snubbed Biden by finding other places to go during Biden’s visit. And it wasn’t the first time Democrats had distanced themselves from Biden in Ohio. They also ignored his visit to the state when he visited a manufacturing plant in Cincinnati in May and again in February when he gave a speech in Lorain on infrastructure.
In January, progressive Democrat Stacey Abrams, a candidate for governor of Georgia, failed to show up for a Biden speech in Atlanta, as did other Democratic candidates. Abrams, like the others, claimed a scheduling conflict. Some observers nodded, some grimaced, others smiled.
Yet nothing is stopping Biden. He has been campaigning for nearly 50 years. He can’t stop. According to his new publicist, Karine Jean-Pierre, who said en route to Ohio, “He will go wherever he needs to go to speak directly with the American people.”
That being the case, he should come to Boston.
Healey, who has close ties to the Boston Globe and to John Henry, the owner of the Red Sox as well as the Globe, could get Henry to allow him to use Fenway Park for the Biden rally. The document endorsed Biden in 2020.
Politics is all about doing favors, Henry owes Healey. She broke the law to allow Henry to discriminate against fans by forcing them to use credit cards, not cash, for food, drink and merchandise at Fenway Park. So now the newspaper will approve it too.
Peter Lucas is a veteran journalist and political columnist from Massachusetts.