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Metro

Dec. 13, 2010

For Patrick’s top aide ‘Mo’ Cowan, echoes of boss’s rise, obstacles

He grew up in a largely segregated tobacco town in rural North Carolina, the son of a machinist and a seamstress. As a boy, he watched the Ku Klux Klan burn a cross in town, march on his high school, and hand out literature on Main Street.

These might sound like the memories of someone raised half a century ago in the Jim Crow South. But William “Mo” Cowan is 41 and graduated from high school in 1987.

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