Central Mass Democrats Return From Democratic National Convention

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Kathleen Polanowicz of Northborough attended the Democratic National Convention.
Kathleen Polanowicz of Northborough attended the Democratic National Convention. Photo Credit: Submitted photo

Several area Democrats who recently returned from the Democratic National Convention in South Carolina last week said they were thrilled with the opportunity to continue to support President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election.

Diane Saxe of Grafton, Kate Donaghue of Westborough and Kathleen Polanowicz of Northborough all acted as Massachusetts delegates at the convention where many state officials took the national stage.

“I thought the DNC did what it wanted to do which is show the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats,” Saxe said. “Their’s was solemn and quiet. The DNC was very inclusive, multi-racial with a lot of women.”

Saxe is an outgoing Committeewoman for the state and was one of seven delegates to serve on the Democratic National Committee.

Donaghue began a four-year term as one of two at-large Democratic National Committeewomem after the convention and will be in that role through the 2016 convention.

Watching Obama’s acceptance speech was a thrill for both Saxe and Donaghue, who both believed it was successful.

“I thought he was completely on target,” Saxe said. “He exposed a lot of mistruths out there. I thought he did a good job of explaining his point of view.”

“Barack focused on moving forward, not backward,” Donaghue said.

However, Saxe said even the president’s speech couldn’t compare with former President Bill Clinton’s.

“Nobody tells it like Bill Clinton,” Saxe said. “He says it in a way that people can understand.”
“He really laid things out clearly for people and made such a stark contrast between the Democrats and Republicans,” Donaghue agreed.

Local delegates were also at the DNC to watch as state officials including Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino took the stage and as Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren spoke to a national audience.

“Warren made the case that she understands the people of Massachusetts and that she’s working for us,” Donaghue said.

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