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January 31, 2013

Patrick taps 'trusted adviser' as interim US senator

Cowan says political career will be a temporary one


“My mother told me days like today were possible. If you work hard and treat people with respect, there’s very little you can’t achieve in this great nation,” Cowan said.

Both Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray also took care to note Cowan’s easy-going style and persona — he is known around the Statehouse for sporting a bow tie, although he sported a silver and blue neck tie yesterday. Patrick said the advisers who helped him through the selection process urged Cowan not to wear his signature bow tie: “It’s the only one of their judgments with which I disagree, but it wasn’t worth the fight,” Patrick said.

Murray called Cowan “smart, strategic, tough.” “Lastly, he’s cool. Tom Brady, George Clooney, James Bond and the president have nothing on Mo,” Murray said

Asked whether he saw a bit of himself in Cowan, Patrick said, “I’m not that cool. What I do see is an affirmation of the American dream.”

Cowan will become a senator tomorrow — the effective date of Kerry’s resignation — when Patrick and Secretary of State William Galvin sign the necessary paperwork. He will not be able to vote or speak on the Senate floor until he is sworn in, a ceremony likely to take place next Thursday, depending on the schedule of Vice President Joe Biden.

Cowan will join Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Senate, forming a duo with limited collective experience of just one month on Capitol Hill, on par with the two new senators from Hawaii. But Patrick said he was not worried about the lack of clout for a state accustomed to having senators of the stature of Kerry and Edward Kennedy. “I do get that part of clout in Washington is seniority, but one of the reasons I think our delegation has consistently been so strong is because of the depth of the people we send and Mo Cowan is very much in that tradition,” Patrick said.

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