HOLLISTON -- State Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill today tapped former Republican lawmaker Paul Loscocco as his running mate in a bid for the governor's office, with both men leaving their longtime political parties to run on an independent ticket.
Loscocco, a conservative legislator and lawyer from Holliston who served eight years in the Legislature, formally left the GOP today because he said, "the two-party system has failed us." Loscocco will run for lieutenant governor as an independent, following the lead of Cahill, who left the Democratic Party last year shortly before he announced his bid for governor.
"I don't think either one of us are throwing our 20-year history of party overboard," Cahill said as he introduced Loscocco at the Holliston Historical Society. "We're just trying to get beyond" the entrenched partisan bickering.
Loscocco grew up in the Republican Party idolizing Ronald Reagan, he said, but the state now needed to move beyond partisanship to combat "the worst economic crisis my generation has ever seen." Instead of Reagan, however, Loscocco today paraphrased George Washington, who warned against political parties and group labels.
The former lawmaker also defended his past support for the gubernatorial campaign of one of Cahill's rivals, Republican Charles D. Baker. In the fall, Loscocco and his wife each gave Baker the maximum $500 contribution allowed by law. Loscocco was also a member of the host committee for an October fund-raiser for Baker in Ashland. Despite his past support, Loscocco said today that he never wanted to be on the ticket with Baker.
Loscocco represented Holliston from 2000 to 2008, when he did not run for reelection, citing family considerations.
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