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October 12, 2012

Benton: Brown, Tisei could tackle gridlock


On the other hand, voters both here in the Bay State and elsewhere are wary of a government dominated by one party or the other. They favor balance and accomplishment over the corruption and obstructionism that has been seen too often lately both in Washington and statehouses.


Former Peabody City Solicitor Larry O’Keefe, who passed away earlier this month at age 75, was one of the genuine good guys in a city known for its rough-and-tumble politics.

During the almost three decades he served as the chief lawyer at City Hall, O’Keefe was unfailingly polite and patient with reporters. Back in the day, those who covered the Tanner City beat always knew they could score a twofer — O’Keefe and Mayor Peter Torigian — by dropping by Brothers Deli in Peabody Square, where they would likely be having lunch but still be more than willing to chat about events of the day.


Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at

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