Former MA Governor Paul Cellucci passed away this afternoon after a 5 year battle with ALS. Celucci will always be remembered as a genuine good guy who never lost touch with his average guy roots. Even after he was appointed as Ambassador to Canada, he never moved out of his Hudson Ma. home.
Celluci broke down political barriers for women in MA when he chose Jane Swift as his running mate and Lt. Gov. Like her or not...she became the first ( and thus far only) woman governor for the State of MA. He also appointed Justice Margaret Marshall as the first female Chief Justice of the SJC.
Although a republican, Cellucci was not tied to any one ideology. His opinions on different subjects were so varied that he was widely regards by everyone, including those with more liberal political leanings.
I for one thank him for his service to the State of MA. He is one who never let it get to his head. He never let the position become something bigger than the people he swore to serve.