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Paul Cellucci, the state’s last bipartisan governor?

The genuine affection poured out from Democrats since Argeo Paul Cellucci’s death, and the sincere expressions of empathy during his long illness, strike at the unique role the former governor plays in the state’s political history.

Cellucci, who died Saturday after fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was more than just the last Bay State native elected to the office, or the only Beacon Hill figure in the last quarter-century to work his way through the State House to win the electorate’s appointment to the top job. He was not just George W. Bush’s loyal foot soldier and appointee as US ambassador to Canada, who came home to a warm welcome in a Democratic state generally disdainful of the Bush administration.

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