, Salem, MA

October 31, 2013

Letter: Cahill's integrity can't be questioned

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

By way of full disclosure, I live in Danvers, but I have been troubled by the picture Mike Cahill’s opponent has painted of a man I have known for 30-plus years. I met Mike as a teenager, and I competed against him on fields and courts for many years. Mike excelled on every athletic field, but I grew to admire him because he played with passion and honor, and he was always inclusive. These attributes catalyzed his success as a soccer coach at Beverly High School. He was one of the finest coaches in the state for several years. The Beverly teams competed fairly, were well prepared and they played as a team. Desiring to help his hometown more significantly, Mike entered the political arena.

Mike Cahill served as the Beverly state representative for a decade. Mike had a 95 percent voting record (roll call) over this decade. To question his desire to serve is insulting. Anyone who knows Mike immediately recognizes that he has one goal, which is to serve the city he loves with integrity. Insinuating otherwise is sad and unfortunate, especially when charges are launched by a former supporter. I know Mike as a friend. The qualities he embraces as an adult are the exact qualities that he exhibited as a young man when our paths first crossed. Mike is loyal, principled, honest and caring. Several things should never be called into question: his sincere love of Beverly, his work ethic and his character. Additionally, Mike, an attorney and Middlebury graduate, is an exceptionally bright man with a passion for learning. As a former teacher and coach, he takes a keen interest in young people, and he advocates on their behalf on issues affecting education.

Upon reflection, Mike’s late mother, Jeanne, a woman who raised Mike and his five brothers alone after her husband, a former Beverly alderman, died at 44, was one of the most significant people I have ever met. Mike Cahill is as honorable a person as I have met in public life, and Jeanne would be proud that he’s taken the high road in an increasingly dirty campaign.

George O’Shea