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February 15, 2013

Letter: GOP needs more representatives like Tarr

To the editor:

When I first read Bruce Tarr was mulling a run for the US Senate in the coming special election, my first and genuine reaction was, “Good.”

Bruce is an honorable guy who has demonstrated over two decades in politics the ability to reach across the aisle and work with people he may not always have agreed with on every issue. Because of that ability, he has represented Cape Ann during his tenure as a state representative, and then the wider district as a state senator after succeeding Bob Buell with a degree of integrity and credibility too few politicians, of either party, possess today.

Personally, as staunch a Democrat as I am, I could see myself voting for Bruce if the Democrats nominate South Boston Congressman Steve Lynch to be the party’s standard bearer.

Why?

Well, first off, I am no fan of Steve Lynch’s. I also firmly believe Washington needs more Republicans like Bruce Tarr. He is cut from the same bolt of party cloth as Edward Brooke, Bill Weld, Christie Todd Whitman, Susan Collins, Chris Christie, and Olympia Snowe.

Washington already has enough right-wing, conspiracy-theory loving, GOP/Tea Party ideologues like Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Congressmen Steve King of Iowa and Louis Goehmert, also of Texas.

Should Bruce still decide to run, all of Cape Ann — Democrats and Republicans alike — should wish him well and, depending on who the Democrats nominate as their standard bearer, consider voting for him, not based on his party affiliation, but on his stellar record of public service and demonstrated ability to work with those with whom he may not agree 100 percent of the time.

MICHAEL COOK

Gloucester and Vieques, Puerto Rico

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