Maura Healey may not be the left wing extremist her critics are afraid of – Boston Herald
Democrat Maura Healey did not run as a far left extremist and it’s unlikely she’ll govern the Corner Office that way — even though she’ll now face pressure to do her party’s bidding.
Healey, who trounced Republican Geoff Diehl on Tuesday, made her bones as a Trump-bashing attorney general but she campaigned for governor more as a moderate in the mold of Republican Charlie Baker.
She is probably even more politically savvy than Baker and ran more as a law and order moderate — resisting the urge to join the “defund the police” activists. She is now promising to be a “governor for everyone” — including those who didn’t vote for her.
“People have given us a mandate, not just to act but to deliver results,” Healey said on Wednesday after meeting with Baker.
The big question now is whether she’ll stand up to the Democratic-controlled Legislature or let them run roughshod over state government.
Healey has never been as far left as she’s often been portrayed by Republicans, even as AG for the last eight years.
She campaigned against the legalization of marijuana and has largely stood with public safety as the top law enforcement official in the state.
Healey also came out in favor of middle class tax cuts — the same cuts proposed then rejected by the Legislature. It will be interesting to see if she revives that issue as governor.
Healey will be tempted to simply go along with whatever the Democrats in the Legislature propose, but lawmakers may be surprised when she shows a backbone.
Healey is smart – she knows Massachusetts is not quite as liberal as it’s often portrayed, and she doesn’t want to be out of step with independents, who now make up more than 60% of all Massachusetts voters.
She will be closely reading all the election results – especially the referendum questions.
With Question 1 – the millionaire’s tax – and Question 4 – drivers’ licenses for noncitizens – unexpectedly struggling to pass — which both ultimately did — Healey may take a cue from that and realize Massachusetts voters are more moderate than they’re often given credit for.
So don’t be surprised if Healey turns out to be more of a moderate than most voters realized.
Her major gaffe as AG — when she compared the rioting in the streets of Boston to a forest growing by burning trees – is more of an anomaly — one which she admittedly came to regret.
“I wish I could do it over again because I would not have used that phrase to make my point, which was certainly not about violence in the streets,” Healey said several months ago.
Yes, she did sue former President Donald Trump dozens of times and got carried away with her power, but she likely won’t rule over local Republican lawmakers with the same iron fist.