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August 16, 2013

Benton: Tax grab could open the door for GOP

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All of which could be good news for Swampscott’s Charlie Baker, who’s said to be nearing a decision to take another run at the governorship next year; and Leah Cole, the freshman state legislator from Peabody who can campaign for re-election as one of the few fervid anti-tax-and-spenders remaining on Beacon Hill.

Perhaps this week’s meeting of the Republican National Committee in Boston will inspire more to run beneath the banner of the Grand Old Party.

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Indeed, another political columnist is predicting big things for Peabody’s newest political personality.

In his “MASSter List” feed Wednesday commenting on the results of the previous day’s special election in Worcester, Mike Deehan observed, “That five-way Democratic primary for the seat vacated by former Rep. Fresolo was won by 26-year-old Daniel Donahue, continuing the trend of new Rep candidates being younger than me. In 30 years, during the second Gov. Leah Cole administration, we’re all going to look back at this as a golden age. Mark my words.”

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One of the nation’s great political journalists, Jack Germond, who once headed Gannett’s Washington bureau and was a regular on “The McLaughlin Group” panel discussion show on PBS, died this week at 85 years of age.

No truer words were uttered than in his 2004 book “Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad,” when he observed, “ I am convinced that we get about what we deserve at all levels of government, up to and including the White House.” (Tip o’ the hat to friend Helen Corbett of Middleton for reminding me of that one.)

Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at nelson.benton3@gmail.com.

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