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Letters | another Senate race heats up

In 2009 special election, contested primary failed Democrats

I UNDERSTAND the premise of Joan Vennochi’s column criticizing efforts by the “party elite” to anoint a Democratic nominee in the Massachusetts Senate special election (“Democrats for democracy? Not in Mass.,” Op-ed, Jan. 3). There are certainly times when that is not in the public’s best interest.

We had a primary in 2009 for the Senate special election. No one paid attention. No one watched the debates. Very few people bothered voting. What happened? The most apathetic, entitled Democrat won handily, thanks only to name recognition. She then got her clock cleaned by a mostly unknown state senator who then spent two years pretending his constituents didn’t exist.

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