In Salisbury, Selectman Freeman Condon, who once made a bid for the district seat in the House, had nothing but praise for Costello yesterday.
“I think everyone was caught unaware by the announcement,” he said. “I’m disappointed that Mike’s not running again, but I understand his motivation. I was the father of young children once, and it’s nice to see that Mike’s putting his children and his family first as his priorities.”
So far, Condon isn’t considering entering the race himself, claiming that at 60 he’s “too old.”
“I don’t think I’d want to try that again,” he said yesterday.
Staff writers Dyke Hendrickson, Angeljean Chiaramida and Jim Sullivan contributed to this report.