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Thursday, September 21, 2006

A visit by the candidate

MARLBOROUGH

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Deval Patrick and his running mate Tim Murray, fresh off of their primary election victories Tuesday night, visited Marlborough yesterday.

Here's what the scene was like, according to Globe reporter Megan Tench:

With Marlborough mayor Nancy Stevens by their side, they walked down the business district on Main Street and amid a swirl of television cameras and reporters, and they each shook hands with shoppers and business owners who happily peeked outside to see what all the commotion was about.

Inside Marlborough Savings Bank, Patrick was greeted by residents with hugs. And at the senior center a few blocks over, dozens crammed inside the lobby and craned their necks outside the door to catch a glimpse of him.

“We were like, is he coming here?” said volunteer Barbara Parry, 75. “I think he’s coming here. Is he here yet?”

When Patrick finally emerged, he entertained the crowd by calling out bingo numbers. The gals were thrilled, Parry said.

“It was an unexpected treat,” she said after the visit. “It was really nice. He’s so charming and easy to talk to. I shook his hand and I said, ‘I’m so happy you won,’ and he said, ‘Me too.’ Tim Murray seemed like a nice guy too.”

The group then breezed back down Main Street to METROWEST Printng, copying and graphic design store. There they were greeted by more onlookers who couldn’t wait to shake their hands.

“I’m thrilled to have you come visit,” said store owner Stephen K. Hitner, who is also the city’s Chamber of Commerce chairman. Hitner told Patrick and Murray that he believes in the Patrick’s campaign slogan “Together We Can,” and that he hopes Patrick, if he wins, will bring together state government and small business owners.

“Well, you’re gonna have a partners in the two of us,” Patrick said.

Patrick is facing off with Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey and independent Christy Mihos in the general election.

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