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April 26, 2013

Benton: Steady at the helm in Boston

It’s unfortunate that neither Gov. Deval Patrick nor Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be able to spend the political dividends earned from helping lead the Greater Boston area through one of the most horrific weeks in its history.

Both demonstrated coolness and compassion in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, a gritty determination to find the killers. They were effusive in their praise of the law enforcement personnel who within days took down the Tsarnaev brothers so citizens could rest easier.

But Menino, hobbled by illness and injury, has announced that he will not seek re-election this year, and Patrick has eschewed a bid for a third term as governor or run for any other office, at least for the time being. The gratitude of Bay State citizens is exceeded only by that of the many seeking to replace these two men.

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The latest fundraising numbers show that Congressman John Tierney, D-Salem, is both serious about seeking another term and doesn’t want the kind of challenge he endured last fall when many, including this reporter, thought he might lose to Republican challenger Richard Tisei.

The $264,130 the Tierney committee reported taking in since Jan. 1 is the most it has ever raised in the first quarter of a non-election year and put the North Shore congressman at the top of the all-Democrat House delegation in terms of fundraising for the first three months of 2013. Tisei, on the other hand, reported having just over $7,600 in cash on hand at the end of the latest reporting period, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Tierney should be in good shape as long as his not-so-lovable brothers-in-law keep their mouths shut and their behinds out of federal court for the next two years.

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Heard there was a great turnout that included many prominent Salemites at Ward 2 City Council candidate Heather Famico’s campaign kickoff at Red’s Sandwich Shop the other day.

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