Senate minority leader Brian Lees of East Longmeadow is stepping down. The Fray has the scoop , and a good quote from a guy who co-authored the Travaglini-Lees compromise amendment on gay marriage:
“Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry.”
Gracious, classy, true, and not completely out of character for someone who was basically socially liberal.Looks like he may run for John Olver’s US House seat, if the sometimes-ailing Olver decides to retire.
Lees is one of only six Republican state senators. To state the obvious, in the legislature party doesn’t seem to matter much, since even the conservatives tend to run as Dems. It’s the individual temperaments that make the difference between good and bad policy.