In the staid, familiar world of lawyers and politicians, Quincy city councilor Kirsten Hughes has one of the glitzier profiles: She moonlights as an actress and singer, best known in her hometown for her longstanding singing gig at the Common Market Café. For a year, she played The Little Mermaid at Walt Disney World.
This week, she took on one of the least glamorous roles in the state, as chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. As such, she will be expected to inspire a party deeply divided over its leadership and deflated by its recent losses. She will be asked to rally the troops without a standard-bearer, now that the GOP’s prized former senator — Scott Brown, who backed her for chairwoman — has bowed out of contention for another Senate campaign.