Posted by Mike Combs, Thursday, May 29th, 2014 @ 5:56pm
We want to share some exciting news with you: PDM’s statewide team of unpledged progressive delegates to next month’s Democratic Party convention have voted to throw their support behind Don Berwick for Governor.
As you may recall, PDM makes decisions about whether to endorse candidates by a vote of our sustaining members. Before the February caucuses, we set up a working group to research each of the gubernatorial candidates and interview each of them on a set of key issues. With the information from that process, our sustaining members decided, before the caucuses, that we weren’t ready to single out one candidate for PDM’s endorsement.
Instead, we agreed to work to elect unpledged progressive delegates across the state, who would then work together to learn more about the candidates as the campaign evolved, and see if the team could reach consensus and throw its support behind one candidate in advance of the June convention.
We succeeded in assembling a team of some 60 unpledged progressive delegates, from the Cape to the Berkshires, many of them from delegations with substantial numbers of other unpledged delegates whom they might influence.
The team has held a series of conference calls, followed by an all-day meeting of the team, at which we held one-hour interviews with each of the major candidates. Following that meeting, the team, along with our sustaining members, has engaged in a careful and thoughtful process to weigh the pro’s and con’s of the candidates.
At the end of this process, we held a vote of the members of the unpledged team, to see if any of the candidates would meet our 60% threshold for the team’s endorsement. The results were:
70% to endorse Don Berwick
21% to endorse Steve Grossman
9% not to endorse at this time.
On the basis of that vote, PDM’s team of unpledged delegates has endorsed Don Berwick. We will be announcing that decision, jointly with the Berwick campaign, very shortly.
Of course, all members of the team of unpledged delegates remain free to vote their own consciences at the Convention. But we are delighted that our careful process has resulted in such broad support for Don Berwick’s candidacy.
After the Convention, we expect to return to the question of whether PDM’s sustaining members are ready to endorse one of the candidates for the primary election. If you are not yet a sustaining member and want to become one, you can do so at this link.