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February 25, 2013

Looking to gain a foothold

Republicans hope to have more of an impact in Peabody

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One of the people the Republicans might hope to attract is Hochman’s colleague on the School Committee, David McGeney.

“I was in the Republican Party for a long, long time,” McGeney said when asked to assess GOP strength in Peabody. “I left the Republicans for the Democratic Party.”

That didn’t last, either.

“I’ve been unenrolled,” McGeney said, “because I don’t like the radical views on either side.” He notes that a plurality of Peabody voters are now unenrolled.

“The American voter is moderate,” he said.

For that matter, McGeney doesn’t find much point to political parties locally, where offices, including that of mayor, are nonpartisan. “I don’t see how much (the party) matters. ... People need to focus on who the person is. Does their philosophy align with yours?”

Sense and compassion are more important than party labels, he said.

“I’ve developed great skepticism about the D’s and R’s.”

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