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Being a relative outsider is not a flaw

Your JAN. 31 editorial “In naming top aide to Senate, Patrick lessens state’s clout” made one good point: Governor Patrick had several strong candidates to consider for the interim senator appointment. From there, however, your argument went off course.

The fact that some of the candidates who were not chosen are older or have closer ties inside the Beltway doesn’t mean they would have served us any better.

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The Senate certainly has seen influential senators who were in their 40s, and sometimes a lack of Washington’s business-as-usual practices is just what we need.

William “Mo” Cowan is a vital, intelligent, hard-working and, yes, savvy leader. He won’t be prejudged by the Washington establishment to the degree others might have been.

His opportunity to serve is a chance to make a real difference.

Carl Metzger


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