Massachusetts needs William Galvin.
In a Democrat-controlled state that lists farther to port with each passing day, it’s vital to have a level-headed ballast in the Secretary of State’s office.
Galvin was first elected to the post in 1994, and by progressive standards, that alone is cause for cancellation. He isn’t trendy, he doesn’t court the cameras with soundbites stressing “bold,” “disruptive” actions.
He just does his job.
And part of that job is being the guy who says, “Wait, that doesn’t look right.”
Galvin was willing to be the skunk at the picnic when former Massachusetts Speaker Sal DiMasi sought to register as a lobbyist after serving time on federal corruption charges. Galvin hit the brakes. He denied DiMasi’s application to lobby on Beacon Hill, as the law states the secretary of state must automatically deny anyone convicted of a felony from working as an executive or legislative agent for 10 years from the date of conviction.
DiMasi’s team rebutted that the statute pertained to state, rather than federal crimes.
Galvin stuck to his guns.
While fans of DiMasi may not agree, Massachusetts needs a Secretary of State who won’t rubber stamp the Legislature’s actions.
And while Massachusetts joined in on a lawsuit against the Commerce Department in 2019 over the Trump administration adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Galvin had sound reasons, beyond the “Trump bad” dogma guiding Democrats.
He noted that the citizenship question could lead to an undercount of immigrants living in Massachusetts, which could mean a loss of federal aid to Massachusetts. The question was ruled a violation of federal law by the Supreme Court.
Making sure elections are fair and open isn’t a glamorous job — it isn’t supposed to be. Nor is it a platform for a political agenda — or at least it shouldn’t be.
As Galvin went up against NAACP Boston President Tanisha Sullivan in the Democratic primary last month, he was slammed for the state’s lack of same-day voter registration.
“Maine adopted same-day voter registration in 1973 — that’s a half a century ago — Bill Galvin has been in office for over a quarter of a century, and still today here in Massachusetts voters do not have access to same-day registration,” Sullivan said. “At the end of the day, 27 years in office and not being able to deliver on same-day voter registration is something we need to take note of.”
Galvin pointed out that the Secretary of State would need the Legislature to pass a law allowing same-day registration in order for his office to implement it.
He knows his stuff. And the stuff of being Secretary of State has nothing to do with jumping on the Green New Deal bandwagon, or promoting a progressive agenda.
At the Democratic Convention in Worcester this summer, Galvin faced the delegates with a typical no-frills statement: “I have been honest. I have been competent, and I have delivered.”
Massachusetts needs Galvin to keep on delivering.
The Boston Herald endorses William Galvin for Secretary of State.