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Patrick confident in choosing confidant Cowan

William “Mo” Cowan, chosen Wednesday as the state’s interim senator, is the latest in a growing list of insider appointments made by Governor Deval Patrick, who has become increasingly dependent on internal candidates and people he has worked with for key jobs.

The rejection of other possible choices, including many with more Washington experience, reflects Patrick’s confidence ­— critics call it indifference — at a time when he is freed from electoral concerns. He has already declared he will return to the private sector after his second term ends in January 2015.

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