Today's Boston Globe has an extensive profile of Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos. This profile reveals a figure whose weaknesses are likely to make him ultimately an ineffective candidate for Governor - and would make him an ineffective Governor - despite considerable personal, political, and financial advantages. These weaknesses - chiefly vanity and disorganization - comprise Mihos' Heel - not unlike Achilles' Heel.
Mihos is a wealthy, well-connected, and well-liked figure. With proper organization and strategy, he would be a very potent candidate for the corner office. Instead, what appears to be dithering and a "seat of the pants" approach to strategy could well doom Mihos' efforts.
According to the article, Mihos plans to announce whether he will run as a Republican or an Independent on March 7, the last day he will be able to make such a choice. He has as yet no campaign headquarters, no staff, and no website. (The website that he apparently launched a short time ago has gone dark. TER, which had linked to it, has removed it until it becomes live again.) TER has taken the position that Mihos could be a very strong candidate for Governor; however, this position assumes that the candidate would work hard and smart to make the most of his advantages. Instead, he is quite simply wasting time. If he intends to run as a Republican, he needs to begin organizing his state convention effort NOW. Perhaps he can win a place on the primary ballot with a mass defection of convention delegates on the convention floor, but this would seem to be a very chancy strategy. If he intends to run as an Independent, he needs to set up his campaign infrastructure NOW. Waiting to get a staff in place puts at risk the most basic requirement of an Independent candidacy - getting sufficient signatures by August to get on the November ballot. He does not want to be still hiring staff in May when he should be collecting signatures.
It is telling that his campaign strategist, Holly Robichaud, resigned from Mihos' campaign a few weeks ago. The Globe quoted her as saying
I just didn't think he was running a serious campaign. A candidate shouldn't be devising strategy on his own. He seems to be a one-man shop . . . You can't go out there like you're running for state rep.
Mihos, for his part, says that he and Robichaud disagreed about the campaign's timing and tone. He said that ''I just wanted to do it my own way, out of the box and not be traditional."
Mihos' vanity and disorganization is likely to get in the way of a serious campaign for Governor. This is good news for the other candidates for Governor, particularly Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. That vanity and disorganization would also get in the way of a Governor Mihos being an effective leader for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The fact that this is evident so early is good news for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.