(The following was originally published in the Boston Globe.)
HE’S A man on a mission — a mission that, if not quite impossible, is highly improbable.
Evan Falchuk wants to establish a new, free-thinking, solutions-oriented political party in Massachusetts, one that will favor data over dogma, tackle big issues, challenge unopposed lawmakers, and engage citizens.
Falchuk’s immediate aim is to have his gubernatorial candidacy, under the currently unofficial banner of the United Independent Party, garner at least 3 percent of the vote in November. If it does, his organization will win official party status, allowing it to hold a primary and have designated UIP nominees in 2016. The 44-year-old medical-sector businessman thinks that with that official status, his organization could recruit appealing legislative candidates and attract the support of thousands of unenrolled voters.
Once won, that party status has to be maintained, of course. In 2016, that would mean either signing up some 43,000 voters or corralling 3 percent on another statewide ballot — and in a year when the only electoral avenue is the presidential race.