October 14, 2008 |
Perhaps it’s our narrow field of vision, but none of the three of us here is willing to cede much of a chance for victory to William Theodore Leonard next month. He is one of two candidates on the ballot for the Second Suffolk state Senate seat held by Dianne Wilkerson.
Sonia Chang-Díaz won the Democratic Party slot. There is no Republican candidate. Defeated incumbent Wilkerson is not on the ballot, but is running a sticker campaign, despite losing nearly all endorsements and other support. Leonard is on the ballot as the Socialist Workers Party candidate by virtue of gathering enough signatures.
He is what most of us would call a hard-liner, offering the SWP platform as his own. As a union organizer and former meat packer, he walks his talk.
- Immediate withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan
- Legalization of all immigrants in the country
- Full relations with Cuba
- Stopping Boston’s Safe Home Initiatives
- Massive aid to Haiti’s hurricane victims
He has been getting his campaign message out by ringing doorbells and speaking at public rallies and such. Otherwise, he does not have the traditional resources of candidates.
Moreover, we don’t apologize for hosting Leonard. He is one of two candidates on the ballot. You are certain not to hear his perspective from either Chang-Díaz or Wilkerson.