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Metro

Brian McGrory

The dreamer and the mathematician

When I walked into the Suffolk Downs clubhouse Tuesday morning and saw hundreds upon hundreds of smiling middle aged men slapping each other’s backs, I thought, wow, they really are thinking big here: They’ve gathered every one of their lobbyists under one roof.

Ends up, those were racetrack workers and supportive neighbors. The lobbyists, strategists, and communications specialists stood quietly calculating and recalculating their monthly retainers.

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