Monday, August 04, 2008
35th Middlesex Choices
In my early 20s, I got an interview (and subsequently the job) because of a few unusual phrases on my résumé. The editor of that magazine said he had to have me in when he saw previous experience included things like mayonnaise packer. While in fact I had worked one college summer at Cain's Mayonnaise when it was behind MIT, I included that for the oh-yeah? factor.
I can't say that is why one 35th Middlesex House candidate fleshed out his, but he caught my eye.
Over at Left Ahead!, Ryan lined up the two Dem. challengers to Rep. Paul Donato. We spoke with Patrick McCabe yesterday and shall do the same tomorrow with Jim Caralis. Together, they are an embarrassment of promising politics. It is pretty safe to say that Rep. Paul Donato is an embarrassment — anti-choice, anti-stem cell, anti-same-sex marriage, hard on immigrants and easy on corporate tax loopholes.
Check out McCabe and Caralis on their campaign sites. They each offer clear distinctions from Donato. It may be difficult for Medford and Malden voters to make a decision come September 16th and the primary, but that's a good problem to have.
Back to McCabe's résumé, he brought up one citation right away. After West Point, he became an Army Ranger for seven years, including assignment to the 101st (people who intentionally jump out of airplanes). Yet his political positions are progressive across the board.
Down near the bottom, he includes, "After leading peace-keeping efforts in Bosnia, Patrick went on tour with his wife, a professional singer, for a couple of years to entertain the troops." That led me to check out his wife's professional site, replete with samples from her CD. Her rocking country music is not my normal listening fare, but she's pretty good.
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