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Will imperiousness hurt Kapstein?

May 28, 2010

On Politics, after catching up with Red Sox senior adviser Jeremy Kapstein during a La Salle Academy appearance over the winter, later broke the news of his Democratic run for Lieutenant Governor. Now, the AP’s Michelle Smith has the first in-depth interview with the recently minted candidate.

Smith’s story only hints at the personal wealth that Kapstein can pour into the campaign — part of what makes him a legit threat to one-term LG Elizabeth Roberts. And she amplifies the campaign message he’s been telegraphing for a while:

He said he wants to turn it into an economic engine for a state suffering with a 12.5 percent unemployment rate, one of the highest in the country.

“The people of this state are looking for answers. They’re looking for business. They’re looking for jobs,” he said.”They are impatient, and they are upset, and I don’t blame them.” …

While [if elected] he might stay on with the [Red Sox] in an unpaid, advisory capacity — something he said would be good for the state because of the business contacts — he said he’d be”24/7 for Rhode Island.”

 Those business contacts, and Kapstein’s ability as a raconteur and message-master, also make him a formidable challenger to Roberts.

Yet a telling detail in Smith’s story points to what could be an X factor in the primary for LG — the way in which Kapstein responds to the pointed questions from reporters:

“We don’t have to tell you,” Kapstein said when asked by the AP for details of some of his campaign events.

 There was a time when droit du seigneur worked for the family that owns the New York Times (and Kapstein qualifies as baseball royalty). But for candidates seeking office in Rhode Island? Not so much.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    May 28, 2010 10:56 pm

    I am eager to hear about Mr. Kapsteins positions on important social and economic issues. Where does he stand on a woman’s right to choose for example? On immigration? On Gay marriage? Exactly how does he propose to solve our budget crisis? Where is he on taxes and education and labor? Why does he want to be Lt. Gov and where the heck has he been for the last decade? How have his business contacts helped Rhode Islanders? Lets get him on the record!

  2. Peter Simon permalink
    May 28, 2010 11:08 pm

    Can Mr Kapstein point to anything that the Red Sox organization has contributed to RI since he has become a special advisor? Red Sox put nothing into our state. If he were a special advisor to Ben Mondor, that would be another story.

    Mr. Kapstein is all about what is good for him. An opportunist in its purest sense. Caveat Emptor.

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