, Salem, MA


October 5, 2012

Benton: Guanci shows leadership



Those pushing for Steve Pinto’s return to the Salem City Council are sounding like Mitt Romney backers blaming the media for their candidate’s recent fall in the polls.

According to one Friend of Pinto who will be among the 10 to choose a replacement for Lovely should she choose to leave the council upon joining the Legislature next January, the sixth-place finisher deserves the seat because “he was railroaded by the SNEWS with an incredible misinformation campaign” in the last election campaign.


The Hill, a publication with wide readership among Washington insiders, lists Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll among four “relatively unknown Democrats” likely to contend for Sen. John Kerry’s Senate seat should he be picked for a position in a second Obama administration.

The chances of Kerry getting a new job, the publication points out, however, would likely be lessened should Elizabeth Warren unseat incumbent Sen. Scott Brown this November. In that case, Brown would be considered the favorite to replace Kerry in a special election, and Obama might opt to have him stay so as to maximize the Democrats’ numbers in what will be a narrowly-divided upper chamber.


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

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