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With Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announcing he would not seek re-election this year (and all but declaring for the Republican nomination for President in ’08), the Bay State GOP has taken an unusual turn. At first, Lt. Gov. Kerry Murphy Healey and convenience store heir Christy Mihos — both considered moderate-to-liberal GOPers — were headed for a clash at the state party convention April 29. But two weeks ago, 56-year-old multimillionaire Mihos stunned pundits and pols by announcing his exit from the Republican Party to run for governor as an independent. His exodus leaves Healey, who had the unofficial blessing of Romney, as the sure Republican nominee.
Last week, Healy announced her surprise choice of Worcester County District Attorney Reed Hillman as her lieutenant governor running mate. The selection of former state police colonel Hillman was a surprise because, on virtually every issue, he is a conservative. As veteran political consultant Holly Robichaud (who quarterbacked Hillman’s first race for district attorney) told me: “By Massachusetts standards, Reed is a solid conservative — which means he is conservative on everything except abortion.”
Among Democrats, the race appears a dead heat between State Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly and lawyer DeVal Patrick, who headed the civil rights division of the Justice Department under Bill Clinton. Should Patrick be elected, he would be the first black to hold statewide office in Massachusetts since Republican Sen. (1966-72) Edward Brooke.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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