I just got back from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council's Gubernatorial Forum in Cambridge where Tom Reilly, Deval Patrick, Kerry Healey and Christy Mihos presented their views on the biotech industry, economic stimulus and various other issues. Reilly and Patrick both shared their personal stories about growing up and delved a bit into how they would work with leaders of the biotech field as governor. While perhaps not the sexiest of topics to an audience outside the industry, both suggested they would oppose drug price controls and would like to see the process of permitting streamlined to make it easier for companies to do business in Massachusetts.
Kerry Healey showed up late and then proceeded to tell the industry leaders during the first half of her speech all about their industry. She also told the group, "Government is not the center of job creation, businesses are." True, businesses are the actual, physical job creators. But last time I checked, this administration was failing miserably at job creation. Businesses need the support of government in order to prosper. Without the proper support, as evidenced by this administration, we are doomed to continue to lag the nation in job recovery.
Asked whether she would pledge to attend the national biotech conferences each year as Romney has done, Healey joked, "If you manage to get me elected governor, I will attend any meeting you want me to." Atta girl, way to pander.
As for Mihos, the media was interested in one thing: (R) or (I)? Word is that he is expected to decide Thursday whether he will run as a Republican or Independent.