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October 26, 2012

Benton: A long Tuesday for Tierney

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For instance, Obama said he felt well-rested for the second debate “after the really long nap I had” in the first one. And noting that the race will likely come down to how the candidates fare in a few swing states like Ohio and Florida, the president wondered, “What are we doing here?” (New York, like Massachusetts, is considered solidly in Obama’s corner.)

As for Mitt Romney, who was dressed in the formal attire required at the annual dinner to benefit New York City’s Catholic charities, he said it was “nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house.” He added that he was surprised Obama hadn’t brought Vice President Joe Biden to the jokefest “because he’ll laugh at anything.”

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Local Democrats are lining up behind Gloucester’s Eileen Duff in her bid to take over the seat on the Governor’s Council being vacated by Mary-Ellen Manning. They’re sponsoring a fundraiser Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Black Lobster restaurant next to the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Salem.

Duff , who has deep Peabody roots, is opposed by Maura Ciardiello of Haverhill, whose father, Bill, is a longtime city councilor in that city and great pal of former Beverly Mayor Jack Monahan.

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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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