You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Letter

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.

Continue reading below

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

Newton

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.