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  Governorship Would Give Silber a Bigger Voice
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Last EditedCraverguy  Oct 09, 2008 11:39pm
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News DateTuesday, November 6, 1990 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf John R. Silber can hold off a late surge by his Republican rival, William F. Weld, on Tuesday, he stands to win not only the governorship of Massachusetts but also a prominent role in national Democratic politics for himself and his unorthodox views on domestic problems.

At a minimum, Dr. Silber will have a bully pulpit from which to proclaim his ideas for overhauling the welfare and public health systems, among other things, and to voice his support for a powerful national defense. In the process, he might be able to revive the moderate wing of the Democratic party that was led by the late Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington.

Politicians around the country have been titillated by the prospect of the combative and ferociously articulate Dr. Silber on the loose amid the largely conventional and colorless leaders of his party and at a time of voter disgust with political business as usual.

"Can you imagine him on the floor of the Democratic convention?" asked Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., who was White House political director in the Reagan Administration. "He'd be a microphone magnet."

An Unlikely Choice

Despite excited chatter here and in Washington about the possibility of a Presidential candidacy two years from now, that seems rather unlikely to most political strategists. Dr. Silber, the president of Boston University, has promised to serve out his four-year term as governor if elected, and, in any event, he would have to start campaigning for the Presidency next year, with less than a full year of experience in his first elected job and only the briefest of track records. And by 1996, he would be 70 years old, probably too old to make the race.
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