, Salem, MA


June 12, 2013

Anderson: Remembering allies, friends


It really was a fun campaign, with Gov. Cellucci doing the major television debates after hilarious debate preps that I attended, in which his aide Rob Gray played the role of various opponents, or maybe I’m confusing this with the gubernatorial campaign in 2002. Regardless, Cellucci won them both; he never lost a campaign in his entire political career.

He resigned as governor to become ambassador to Canada; this was unfortunate for the rollback, which acting Gov. Swift wasn’t strong enough to protect from being frozen at 5.3 percent, but fortunate for the country, as he was in place to encourage Canadian support for U.S. initiatives after the Sept. 11 attack.

After he left the Statehouse, I never saw him again in person, did occasionally see him on television, but didn’t know his physical condition was deteriorating so rapidly. Of course I thought of him when the income tax rate dropped to 5.25 percent last year, but there seemed plenty of time to write a thank-you note.

With Father’s Day this weekend, this is a good time to tell my story about seeing my father, three days after he died, moving on to someplace he looked excited about going. I expect to see him again someday and hope to run into Jean and Paul there too. I wish their families the same expectation of reunion.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is a Salem News columnist.

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