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April 5, 2013

Political upset raises questions

Both Republicans and Democrats wonder what's next for Peabody after Cole's victory

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He denies any misgivings regarding her clout in Boston and suggests that the Republican victory might not be all that surprising given Peabody’s past support for Scott Brown and Charlie Baker.

Democratic state Rep. Ted Speliotis, who serves Danvers and West Peabody, also dismisses such notions. He points to the recent decision of the School Building Authority to cofinance the new Higgins School as evidence that such things have little impact.

“A school is not a partisan issue,” he said.

Speliotis also invokes his own growing clout in the Legislature as an influential committee chairman.

“It’s my place to help the city,” he said, and pledged to work with Cole in doing so.

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