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PLANET CASEBOOK: HARRINGTON FOR D.A. — A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 5-7, 2018) — Will Andrea Harrington become the next Berkshire County district attorney? Here is the case for it. Call it THE PLANET‘s version of “equal time” — our way of playing Devil’s Advocate for both Paul Caccaviello and Harrington.

(1) She won in November — In the September primary, she bested presumed frontrunner and acting D.A. Paul Caccaviello. Cacc came in with the approval of Gov. Charlie Baker, the strong backing of outgoing D.A. David Capeless, and a lot of “establishment” backing. This did not translate sufficiently well at the polls, and he lost.

(2) Poll Position — Campaigns love to commission polls. Such commissioned surveys typically amount to nothing but to tell the campaign what it wants to hear. The best and most reliable poll is an actual tally from real-life voters. Harrington’s win in September can be used as the most telling poll to predict November.

(3) She’s New — Cacc’s team plays the “inexperience” angle. They say that compared to his “5,000 cases,” she can only show a dozen or so. But “experience” can also be seen as a synonym for outdated, anachronistic, and rut-stuck (as opposed to Rut-berg). She can rightfully claim a fresh set of eyes, and many times such peepers see solutions where tired vision sees only problems with no answers.

(4) Stump Advantage — Harrington has proven herself to be the better campaigner. Caccaviello says he’s “not a politician.” That’s too bad, because in Berkshire County, you have to be one to tin. To become district attorney in your own right requires you to win elective office. Cacc has no choice: Become a politician or lose again. Harrington adapts well to campaign mode and shows good instincts on the stump.

(5) Killer Instinct — Her call to Cacc-backer Melissa Mazzeo shortly after winning in November shows she’s not afraid to apply a heel to the neck. In a battle, you do indeed kick your opponent when he’s down. Harrington shows the mettle to get in close and slug. Is that why Cacc has been so quiet? Does she intimidate him?

(6) Something to Prove — Her critics have basically called her an amateur. She has the motivation to prove them wrong.

(7) Gender Bender — She would be the first woman to hold the position of District Attorney in Berkshire County. She’s running against a white, middle-aged male. That lone will drive votes her way in ever-so-progressive Berkshire County. So will the “fresh face” factor. Again, for some voters, getting rid of the incumbent and key lieutenant in the Capeless office will deliver votes for Harrington.

(8) Availability — Compared to Cacc, she has proven more available to the press and more forthcoming. In particular, she has never refused a media request from THE PLANET. She has always been responsive and timely. Harrington also says she will establish a citizen’s advisory board to receive direct input from ordinary people.

(9) Issues — She has provided an alternative view on many key issues, including two of the most devastating in and to the county. We speak of the drug trade and domestic violence.

(10) Ratings — Her opponents and his team have consistently underrated Harrington. They made the mistake the first time around of not taking her seriously and appear to be doing the same thing again. She is to Caccaviello what Syracuse was to Clemson in football — a “trap game” that ended up biting back hard.

(11) Trappings — To campaign seriously, a candidate needs organization and money. Harrington has both. She has a number of “players” on her side — Barry Clairmont, Linda Tyer, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, John Krol, and the like. These are people who have won and know how to win elections. They also know how to raise campaign money, tap it, and spend it wisely. As for organization, Harrington has shoe leather on the ground throughout the county.

(12) Old Mo — Coming off a win in September gives Harrington the momentum. It also frees up more cash than otherwise would have come her way. It also provides one of her strongest pitches: Go with a winner.

What happens in November depends upon a convention of factors beyond definitive analysis. We do know this much: The winner tallies more votes than the loser. For Andrea Harrington and Paul Caccaviello, it’s as simple and as complicated as that.

Have aa great weekend, everybody.

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175 Responses to “PLANET CASEBOOK: HARRINGTON FOR D.A. — A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS”

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    October 7, 2018 at 7:15 pm #

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