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Bill Weld’s former home is under contract

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Bill Weld’s surprise appearance over the weekend at the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston had some wondering if the former Republican governor might be interested in running for office again in Massachusetts. We doubt it, but if he is, Weld will have to find a new place to live. The Cambridge house that he and then-wife Susan Roosevelt Weld called home for much of the 1990s is — finally — under contract. (The couple — she is a great-granddaughter of Teddy Roosevelt — were divorced in 2002.) Known as the Arthur Astor Carey House, the eight-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 6,755-square-foot mansion at 28 Fayerweather St. had been on the market for nearly two years. Originally listed for $5 million, the price was dropped to $3.8 million in December. (The actual price won’t be known until the closing, which is set for June.) The Colonial Revival, built around 1882, is perhaps best known for being the site of a 1993 poker game after which Ron Kaufman, a former aide to President George H.W. Bush (and future Mitt Romney adviser), was arrested on drunken driving charges. Weld later told reporters that Kaufman was not inebriated. “I did not observe him to be drunk at all,” he said. “I saw him with one glass of an amber-colored liquid in front of him, and I remember saying to myself, ‘Ron is nursing that drink.’ ”

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