Tim Cahill News Roundup

  • In a challenge to the idea that Cahill predominately pulls conservative voters from Republican Charlie Baker, the Independent seems to be lining up some union support.

It’s not surprising that police unions are lining up to support Tim Cahill in this year’s race for governor. After all, Gov. Deval Patrick must have expected some defections among the ranks of Democratic voters when he led the charge to allow civilians to replace uniformed officers at construction sites.

But it is a little surprising to see other unions opting against the Democratic candidate on the ballot and choosing Cahill instead (although the fact that the state treasurer only recently made the switch from the Democratic party to running as an independent probably didn’t hurt).

Among the first non-police unions to support Cahill over Patrick is the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369. The Braintree-based union has plenty of clout, with more than 3,300 members who will be encouraged to support Cahill by holding signs, donating and voting for him in November.

  • Still, Tim Cahill lives up to his running to the right reputation with his embrace of the Tea Party  during the last gubernatorial debate.

Cahill, the state treasurer running as an independent, was the only candidate to jump on the Tea Party band wagon during yesterday’s hourlong morning debate on WTKK (96.9 FM) co-hosted by the Herald’s Margery Eagan.

“I support the Tea Party voices and I think all the voices should be heard,” said Cahill…

  • Cahill also stood up for Glenn Beck when the talk radio host was criticized by incumbent Governor Deval Patrick.
  • On the other hand, Cahill did elect to vote in the Democratic primary on Tuesday after some hesitation over legal issues.
  • Although Cahill has a large warchest, it seems poised to rapidly dwindle as the candidate takes to the air (ads here and here) in search of strengthening his poll numbers. To receive more money the candidate elected to accept public funding. In exchange for receiving $750k in public money, Cahill is capped at spending $1.5 million in the race (significantly less than the plans of his major party opponents). Nevertheless, the policy comes with a major caveat- if either major party candidate (who both refused public funding) spends more than $1.5 million, Cahill can exceed the cap up to his opposition’s spending.
  • In a misunderstanding over tax status, the campaign failed to pay $15,000 in taxes to the state of Massachusetts. After the problem came to light, a check from the campaign committee quickly solved the issue.
  • And probably the most important part of the roundup: polls. The last Rasmussen poll of the race had Cahill at 18% (although when “leaners” were included, Cahill fell to 8%). Furthermore, a State House News poll had the Independent candidate at 18% support.

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