EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 10, 2012

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.”

Then Torrisi offered a lighthearted jab at his political opponents.

“There are so many of you here that I absolutely adore and love and cherish as friends — a couple of you not so much,” he said to a roar of laughter.

CHEERS to Smolak Farms of North Andover, defense contractor BAE Systems of Nashua, and the United Service Organization for their support of “Trees for Troops”, which provided free Christmas trees to 150 military families.

At the event, which was also attended by Sen. Scott Brown and his family, were many families in which more than one member has served the country in the military.

“It’s good to know that what we did is appreciated,” John Farley, 37, of Boston told reporter Paul Tennant. Farley served a year in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea with the U.S. Army in 1997. His wife, Sharee Holmes, is currently serving in the National Guard and has completed a tour in Iraq.

Laura Csoma, of Bedford, is a former member of the Air Force and her husband, Ernest, is currently assigned to an Air Force base in Afghanistan.

“We think it’s so sweet of them to do this,” she said of the donated Christmas trees. Csoma said she, her husband and other military families “are happy to serve” the United States in the armed forces.

Our thanks go out to all those serving our country and to those who recognize and honor that service. Well done to all involved.