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Former Gov. Paul Cellucci passed away on Saturday of Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Deirdra Funcheon/AP)
Former Gov. Paul Cellucci passed away on Saturday of Lou Gehrig’s disease. (Deirdra Funcheon/AP)

We've talked a lot on this program about a disappearing breed of politician: the traditional northeastern Republican, the fiscal conservative who leans left on social issues. We begin today by remembering one who died this weekend: former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci, who led the state from 1997-2001.

Cellucci passed away on Saturday at the age of 65 — after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He spent three decades in politics, serving in the State House, as lieutenant governor with William Weld, as governor of the Commonwealth, and then as U.S. ambassador to Canada. He never lost an election.

Cellucci became a key figure among Massachusetts Republicans, able to work successfully across the aisle in a decidedly blue state. He pushed for lower taxes, but also for abortion rights and one of the country's toughest bans on assault weapons.

He also stayed true to his middle class Massachusetts roots. Even as his political career soared, Cellucci lived in the small working-class town of Hudson. Those that knew Paul Cellucci best praise him for his ability to bring people together.

Guests

Rob Gray, president of Gray Media Group. He served as a chief political adviser for Gov. Cellucci.

Stephen Crosby, chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. He served as secretary of administration and finance under Cellucci.

This segment aired on June 10, 2013.

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