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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Political elite should shun Bill Bulger

Paul Cellucci deserved better than to have his memorial service sullied by William Bulger.

The Massachusetts political establishment paid a fond tribute to the former governor and ambassador, who died this month of Lou Gehrig’s disease, at a State House ceremony filled with dignitaries from across the political spectrum. It was heartening to see old rivals join in honoring Cellucci, an engaging, public-spirited mensch — the kind of politician who gives politics a good name. But Bulger’s presence at such an event wasn’t heartening. It was disgraceful. And so was the reception he met.

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