The politics of tragedy

By IAN DONNIS  |  October 4, 2006

Whether time brings more clarity to the unanswered questions about the 2003 fire — with the state’s pending release of evidence, with the Derderians’ expressed desire to help to answer questions, and with the moving forward of hundreds of civil cases — remains to be seen.

Asked about the political fallout of the Derderians’ plea bargain, Lynch isn’t much more voluble than his opponent, expressing uncertainty about the impact.

There can be little doubt, though, that politics is part of Lynch’s DNA. The way in which he held individual meetings with reporters regarding the plea bargain, rather than subjecting himself to the less controlled setting of a news conference, speaks to his understanding of the importance of political communication.

And if Lynch and Governor Carcieri each win reelection this fall, the AG will likely be on the short list of Democratic gubernatorial candidates for 2010.

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