March 5th, 2010
04:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Mass. independent's GOP hires

(CNN) - The effort to unseat Gov. Deval Patrick is kindling the bipartisan spirit in Massachusetts. Tim Cahill, a former Democrat who became an independent last year, announced Friday that he had signed up four veterans of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.

The McCainites include John Weaver, who was the senator's longtime political adviser, and speechwriter Mark Salter, who the Cahill campaign describes as McCain's "alter ego." Cahill also said he has brought on two other McCain political minds: John Yob and Mike Dennehy. "These guys are the best in the business," Cahill said in a statement.

The four new hires are joining Tad Devine, a top Democratic strategist who was already working for Cahill.

Cahill has served as the commonwealth's treasurer since 2003 and before that held various local posts. He is seeking 10,000 signatures to get on the November ballot. The field includes Patrick, a high-profile Democrat with ties to President Obama, and Republican challengers Charlie Baker and Christy Mihos.

Cahill is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and, you guessed it, independence from party politics. His running mate, former state lawmaker Paul Loscocco, was previously a Republican.

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soundoff (9 Responses)

    Yeah, McCain was a real powerhouse with these losers. Cahill is already burnt toast, and he's barely even started.

    March 5, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    Best in the business? Sarah Palin as VP? Do we have a President McCain ... or did I miss something?

    March 5, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Does Mr. Cahill remember that Sen. McCain lost the election?

    March 5, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Objective Thinking

    Massachusetts knows the real meaning of "progressive." The rest of the country seems to think "progressive = Democrat/liberal." But progressive means whatever's best for the country. And sometimes that's a liberal thing, sometimes that's a conservative thing.

    March 5, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. D.

    Unseat this typical representative of Axelrod's make-up fraud!
    Unseat them all!

    March 5, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "These guys are the best in the business,"

    Really? If that is true, shouldn't there be a "President" McCrypt?

    Seems to me he lost by 7 percentage points and that his current title is still "Senator" McCrypt.

    March 5, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    It is really amusing all these so-called-fiscal-conservtives or Independents coming out of the woodwork! Where were you people during the spend-happy Bush Regime?

    March 5, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. lilacluvr

    I was convinced this might work until the part about McCain's former campaign workers being 'the best in the business'.

    If they were the best, then why dont' we have President McCain in the White House?

    March 5, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Leo

    i'm a democrat and i can tell you that Charlie Baker is the only candidate who is poised to return integrity and efficiency to the commonwealth. Patrick failed us, Cahill is a footnote, Baker/Tisei is the real deal.

    March 5, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |