January 24, 2010

WHO WOULD KNOW BETTER NOT TO LET TED DRIVE POLICY:

In a Kennedy Hometown, Warm Feelings Don’t Necessarily Mean Votes (A. G. SULZBERGER, 1/24/10, NY Times)


The residents of this cozy village on the southern shore of Cape Cod recollect with pride the sight of his unmistakable hefty, white-topped frame as they exchanged greetings on the street, waited together in line at the local ice cream shop, shared a church pew or returned his dogs — those dogs! — after they found their way into some neighboring yard.

And in one of those heartfelt compliments extended only to those of unusually good fortune, they consistently describe Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who died in August, as having been just a regular person.

“He was a real guy,” said James F. Munafo Jr., 49, a Republican who serves on the Barnstable Town Council. “He was a star, but he was one of us. I think people are pleased and will always be pleased that he was part of our community.” [...]

The Town of Barnstable, made up of seven villages, the largest of which is Hyannis, voted 12,331 to 7,543 in favor of Mr. Brown. The precinct that encompassed the Kennedy family’s Hyannis Port compound, and where Mr. Kennedy himself used to cast his vote, also rejected the Democrat, Martha Coakley, the state attorney general who had been considered a prohibitive favorite.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2010 9:13 AM
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