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December 10, 2012

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

JEERS to departing state Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, who could not even manage to make a graceful exit from the Statehouse.

Rather than the usual lighthearted and nostalgic farewell, Adams, ousted in a challenge for state Sen. Barry Finegold’s seat, cast himself as the focus of a dark conspiracy among state Democrats, a role far exceeding his own limited importance.

“I ran for state representative and then state senator to limit this body’s role, and by limiting government intrusion in our lives, in our families and our businesses these are the values that made me also a top target by the majority party for elimination,” Adams said, as reported by the State House News Service.

Limiting government intrusion is a noble goal. But Adams was never an effective champion of that cause. His off-putting “my way or the highway” approach finally led voters to opt for the highway — for Adams.

But Adams, a would-be champion of the people, refuses to acknowledge that those same people found him lacking. Instead, he casts himself as a victim of conspiratorial forces — the Democrats who managed the redrawing of district lines. Still Adams vows a comeback.

“My political opponents might have a victory for the time being, but this won’t be the last time they deal with me,” he said.

Redistricting, in truth, did Adams no favors. But that’s a simple political reality, not a vast conspiracy.

CHEERS to state Rep. David Torrisi, D-North Andover, who, in contrast to Adams, did offer a gracious and heartfelt farewell.

Torrisi was defeated in the Democratic primary by the eventual winner of the 14th Essex District seat, Diana DiZoglio.

Torrisi was moved to tears at times as he thanked his staff and supporters.

“You got to appreciate the moment,” Torrisi said, as reported by the State House News Service. “You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. And one thing, I’m fortunate enough that I’m lucky enough to say thank you to all of these people who were so good to me and so helpful to me over my years.”

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