For This Candidate for High Office in MA, Only a New Political Party Would Do

Friday, October 4, 2013

If you like someone who dreams big, you may develop a soft spot for Evan Falchuk. 

The question is, Will you vote for him?

Falchuk is a 43-year-old resident of the Auburndale section of Newton and the married father of three children.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University and earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school, in 1994.

He has worked as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., and as an executive in leadership roles at Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based global health company.

In January of this year, Falchuk founded the United Independent Party in Massachusetts.  A press release describes the party as committed “to moving from ‘small government versus big government’ debate between Democrats and Republicans to one focused on greater accountability to voters, stronger protection of social freedoms, and more innovative, fiscally pragmatic solutions that improve the day-to-day lives of individuals, families and communities.”

The party stands for “socially progressive ideas and fiscally sensible solutions for Massachusetts.”  This is a “pragmatic combination” that neither Democrats nor Republicans offer the voters, Falchuk believes.

If you go to the party’s web site -- -- you’ll see that Falchuk credits his late grandfather, Solomon Falchuk, with inspiring his willingness to challenge the status quo.

Solomon Falchuk, the web site says, “escaped from Russia at the end of World War I, where as a boy he saw members of his family killed because of their Jewish faith.  With next to nothing to his name, he set off for America but was sent instead to Cuba.  After several years, he moved to Venezuela, where he started his own successful business.  Solomon lived to be 101, having realized his dream that his family would one day have better lives in America – lives that included education, healthy children, security, and the freedom of self-determination.”

It seems to me that Grandson Falchuk has also been inspired by the example of Deval Patrick, circa 2005.  Up to then, Patrick had never sought or held elective office.  Evan Falchuk has never held elective office. 

Now, he's a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.

ROBOTIC SURGERY BILL UPDATE:  In a blog post three weeks ago this date, (“Legislation Poses the Question: Are Surgical Robots Automatically Good?”), I wrote about Senator Dick Moore’s bill, SB 1069, which would create a special commission to investigate and review the use of robotic surgery in Massachusetts.  The legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health conducted a hearing on the bill on Sept. 24.  On Oct. 1, the committee issued a favorable report on it, a first necessary step toward enactment.  SB 1069 has a long way to go still.  I hope it picks up momentum, and keeps moving all the way to the governor’s desk.

1 comment:

Ted Stephens III said...

He is exactly what Massachusetts needs. He has my vote.

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