This past August, Karen Barry launched a write-in campaign to challenge Webster in the September primary. Webster won, but the five-term incumbent pulled out of the race four days later, citing personal reasons. The Massachusetts Republican Party then nominated Barry, a Hanson native who lives in Duxbury and daughter of former state representative Charles Mann, Republican of Hanson, to run against Cutler.
During the race, Barry accused Cutler of disguising himself as a moderate Democrat, though he received endorsements from union groups and other liberal organizations. Cutler, in turn, accused Barry of using radical tactics, such as a card sent to voters’ homes by the Massachusetts Republican Party insinuating that Cutler supported taxpayer-funded sex change operations for prisoners, forcing him to say he didn’t support such an operation.
Cutler’s father, David, who owned the Mariner Newspaper chain until its sale to Capital Cities/ABC Inc. in 1989, died in February 2010. GateHouse Media New England, which publishes the Patriot Ledger, now owns the Mariner papers
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