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What's the message?


Area officials consider voter mood


January 20, 2010
The late U.S. Sen. Edward M.Kennedy's seat has been bequeathed to Republican Scott Brown, and while that may stir up bitterness among some, it is sweet to others. To still others, it is also an opportunity.

Southbridge Town Councilor and Republican Town Committee member Steven Lazo said he was more than pleased with Tuesday's outcome, and that this special election really highlighted a change in Massachusetts' political — and social — climate.

"I see it as a positive thing for the Republican Party," Lazo said. "I'm ecstatic that this blue state actually put a Republican in the Liberal Lion's seat."

"It sent a message and a tsunami across the country," Lazo added.

Having spent several hours at the polls on Tuesday, Lazo said he was impressed with the enthusiasm people showed going in to vote.

As a Brown-supporting tailgate party went on across the street, Lazo said voters filing into the polls "were not shy about their ballots."

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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