Former Rep. Blute Takes Mass. GOP Post

Former U.S. Rep. Peter Blute has been named deputy chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party. Blute says he will work in the unpaid post to recruit GOP candidates for state and federal offices. He will serve under new state party chairman Bob Maginn.

The 55-year-old Blute served two terms in the U.S. House before he was defeated by Rep. James McGovern, a Democrat, in 1996.

After leaving Congress, Blute headed the Massachusetts Port Authority, but was forced to leave that post after a so-called "booze cruise" incident in which he was photographed partying on a pleasure boat chartered by Massport.

The Shrewsbury resident has been a radio talk show host in recent years.

This program aired on December 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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