BOSTON (AP) — A final farewell was planned for former Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci at the Massachusetts Statehouse, where he spent nearly a quarter of a century in public life.
Cellucci died Saturday at his home in Hudson from complications of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.While I'm unhappy with Cellucci over the Gun Control Act of 1998 that was passed under his watch, the cold reality is that as a Republican governor of a state with 90% Democrat-held House and Senate, there's little he could have done to stop it. In the grand scheme of things, leaving us with Jane Swift was probably the worst thing he did (and even that wasn't too terrible - it did help to highlight just how incredibly biased the news is when they held her use of a state helicopter as this tyrannical abuse of power, yet completely ignored Deval Patrick doing the same).
We knew the Celluccis. My folks worked on his campaign. He was a genuinely nice guy, quiet, not someone you'd peg as a politician. He was a perfect Lt. Governor, especially for someone like Bill Weld, who absolutely *is* a politician. Cellucci was the perfect guy to send out to cut ribbons, shake hands, express condolences - because he *meant* it.
There's a trite expression that "only the good die young" - and Paul Cellucci is proof-positive of that.
Rest in Peace, Governor.
That is all.