The original story on this was about her husband, David Barron, and written by the estimable David Bernstein. His sourcing is oddly vague:
Gubernatorial candidate Juliette Kayyem has run into some trouble with Massachusetts Democrats over what some characterize as hawkish views on the use of tough measures in the cause of national security, her area of expertise.
Some trouble, over what some characterize. OK.
Now, that may be Bernstein finding a Massachusetts angle on this national story about Barron, but it also feels like a bit like another campaign going after Kayyem.
It would be irresponsible to speculate, so here goes.
It could be Martha Coakley's campaign, hoping to have the only woman candidate.
It could be Steve Grossman's campaign, hoping to be the only alternative to Coakley.
Or it could be Kayyem's campaign, throwing long to get her in the news, and giving her more of an identity on the trail. It could be the old "Humanize the candidate" strategy (that is, highlight a flaw rather than the impressive resume). If, however, the road to humanization is torture ... the irony is thick.
I know, I'm cynical. But there I am.