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September 19, 2006



Of course Sullivan won u really expected Desmond to win

The Mole

I would take a guess that the Mayor, Boss Hog, RW, the new director of Dilboy didn’t have time to do what was needed for Desmond. They were too busy trying to get Joe a job with Patrick. Judge Curtatone. With Desmond a backseat driver in RW’s Caddy last night, didn’t seem to have a happy face on. Did he actually think he would win?

Bruce once again failed to get elected. This time it was by the size of the Grand Canyon. Maybe the “Nice Guy” appearance is wearing off Bruce. Maybe you should use that distance to separate yourself from this Administration. In any case, we still have you as our Alderman-at-Large until the end of next year.

If there is a next year.

In debt and lovin' it!

How much money did Desmond spend on this campaign? How about Sullivan? I saw Desmond signs all over the place. Did he take out a 2nd on the house or something?

Ward 2

Well is Sullivan going to be able fix that whole jury duty thing that has plagued us all for so long?


Sullivan spent almost $300,000, Desmond 45,000.


Can someone explain what a Clerk of Courts actually does? Based on voter turnout a more appropriate vote would have been Desmond, Sullivan or nobody and I think it's safe to say nobody would have won in a landslide.

Yah, really...

Fever has a good question there "Can someone explain what a Clerk of Courts actually does?"

I leave all county seats blank on my ballats.

They should have used the opportunity of Sulivan's Uncle retiring to retire the job with him. I though we were supposed to be phasing out the county systems in Mass. This doesn't look like a move toward that direction to me.

300 large from Sullivan!!!! Where's he getting his money from? The Cambridge council doesn't pay that good. Poor Bruce will be paying off that campaign debt for a long time. I wonder if he'll be able to get together the $$$ to run again in Somerville.

He should've run for State Rep. vs. Denise. If he spent the same as he spent on the county race for that he could have possibly won it.

Dump the stupid county system!

Yorktown Street

Clerk of courts is responsible for scheduling juries and ensuring smooth logistics for trials.

Somerville Observer

When Denise Provost and Bruce Desmond both run for Alderman At Large, Denise typically comes in 1st place topping the ticket and Bruce Desmond come in 4th place just making it. So I highly doubt that Desmond could have beated Provost in the State Rep race.


Make that..."I highly doubt that Desmonod could have won over Provost in the State Rep race."

Yah, really...

Yorktown said

"Clerk of courts is responsible for scheduling juries and ensuring smooth logistics for trials."

May be, but it still sounds like a holdover hackdom from the Tammany Hall 1800s as a place for modern-day office holders to stuff family and friends. Just how many people does it take to schedule juries and ensure smooth logistics for trials? Has the system ever undergone any real reform over the years?

Ceremonial Position and Unabashed "Favor" Giver

Don't you know this family is entitled to this "job" below:

Courting retirement, at last
Sullivan's legacy spans five decades
By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff | February 24, 2006

After nearly six decades, the state's longest-serving elected official is calling it a career. Edward J. Sullivan, clerk of courts for Middlesex County since the Eisenhower administration, told the Globe yesterday he will not seek reelection to a ninth six-year term this fall.

Sullivan, who turns 85 tomorrow, is a member of one of the great local political dynasties. Before his election as clerk in 1958, he served five terms on the Cambridge City Council, one of four Sullivans to hold a seat over 70 consecutive years on that body.

His nephew, Michael A. Sullivan, current holder of what is known as ''the Sullivan seat" on the council, plans to announce his candidacy next month to succeed his uncle in the $88,000-a-year clerk's post.

In his second-floor office in the East Cambridge courthouse named for him by the Legislature in 2001, Eddie Sullivan said it's time to move on.

''The citizens of Cambridge and Middlesex have been very generous to me, and I felt that at my age, I should step aside," he said. ''I made the decision that I should be spending more time with my wife," Jacqueline.

The walls of his office are adorned with memorabilia that recall a bygone era, an ever-present reminder that Sullivan is a throwback, one of the last of a breed who flourished when all politics was not only local, as illustrious Cambridge pol and Sullivan friend Thomas P. ''Tip" O'Neill Jr. once said, but also very colorful and retail. There are several photos of President Kennedy with Eddie and his brother, Walter, a Cambridge councilor for 34 years. In another, Eddie is shoulder-to-shoulder with President Lyndon B. Johnson at a 1964 campaign rally. A young Francis X. Bellotti, then lieutenant governor and sporting a crewcut, is next to them.

One precious memento is a palm card from the first City Council campaign by the Sullivans' father, also Michael, in 1936, featuring a photo of his nine children. ''Our Daddy Will Be a Good Councillor," it says.

There are pictures of Sullivan with sports and entertainment celebrities, judges, and several lord mayors of Dublin, one of whom helped obtain an Irish passport on short notice for a relative, according to Sullivan. He is also pictured alongside governors, including Edward J. King. Old-school Eddie Sullivan was not a Michael Dukakis kind of guy.

Many today view politicians with suspicion or disdain, but Sullivan still considers politics a noble calling, a chance to help people. His only regret is that the public's attitudes have changed.

''Many people think it's a crime to do a favor," he said. ''In my opinion, if no one's getting hurt, what's wrong with doing someone a favor if you can help them out?

''If they need assistance one way or another, why not help them? That's been our success," he said of the family's political credo.

In retirement, Sullivan said, he hopes to finish a memoir that he's been dabbling at for years. The working title is ''The Legacy of Mickey the Dude," the nickname of his father. A box of personal papers that could supply grist for the book sits in a corner of his office.

He said he may also play a little golf with his wife (''I haven't beaten her yet") when they spend time at their vacation home of the past 20 years in Highland Beach, Fla. Their primary residence is a condominium in a high-rise a few blocks from the courthouse.

''In 34 years of marriage, we've never had a cross word," Sullivan said. They have no children, but they have a huge extended family that includes Eddie's 32 nieces and nephews.

Health was not a factor in his decision, Sullivan said. He's healthy and still boasts that his shop is both the busiest and most efficient of the 14 counties. The clerk oversees a staff of 46 employees, who manage more than 10,000 civil and criminal cases each year at the superior courts in Cambridge and Lowell.

Sullivan's courts were the first in the state to computerize and implement the one-day or one-trial jury system, which reduced the number of days jurors serve and increased the demographic diversity of the jury pool.

He has always tried to keep pace with change. When he ran for reelection in 2000, Sullivan did something that was unimaginable when he broke into politics during the ''Last Hurrah" era: His campaign established a Web site,

Still dapper in a navy blue suit with American flag lapel pin, his eyes twinkle, and he laughs loudly at the endless stories he loves to tell.

A common subject -- and one he loves to needle -- is Harvard University, which sits near his boyhood home on Surrey Street. In one of his yarns, he recalls that while holding the largely ceremonial post of Cambridge mayor in the mid-1950s, he broke protocol by sending a surrogate to Harvard's commencement ceremony.

There was a practical reason for the snub, however. The Harvard exercises conflicted with the public school graduations he wanted to attend. Sullivan recounted explaining the reason to an aide. ''There's no . . . votes up in the Harvard Yard for me," he said. ''I'm going where the future voters are."

''Thirty years later, I spoke to a group at Harvard and told them the story," Sullivan said. ''I said I guess I made the right decision because they're still voting for me."

Not any more.


It's not the money. It's the campaign literature.

I don't know if Desmond had a chance before his literature hit the mailboxes, but everyone who got the phony jury duty summons from his campaign was compelled to vote for Sullivan. See:

No Bruce

Ha Ha Bruce
you didn't make it this time. perhaps try again sometime maybe for dog catcher

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