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Massachusetts Liberal

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Promises, promises

Outgoing Middlesex County DA Gerard Leone may make a swell candidate for the Democratic US Senate nomination. But should he opt in, he would have one major problem:
“I am not running for another elective office. In fact, I intend to leave government service when I leave this office.”
That's what the two-term DA said just last month is announcing he would not seek reelection to a job that has traditionally offered a direct path to the Attorney General's office.

Leone compiled a solid record as a public servant, prosecuting tough and visible cases. His low-key approach suggested he wasn't really interested in anything other than law enforcement, an impression highlighted by his Shermanesque statement.

The Steve Lynch campaign was quick to welcome on Leone's potential candidacy, uttered the same day Ed Markey formally entered the race with a speech from his hometown of Malden. Anyone who splits the vote makes it better for their guy.

But in an era when the public is fed up with politicians who tailor their positions to the time and race and often fail to follow through on promises, how wise it is to pull a flip-flop before even getting into the race?

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