WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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because my sights were set on being a future governor of Maine. The governor at the time, Joseph Brennan, a wonderful guy, had about eight people working for him, and they assigned me to work for his legal counsel. I looked at Governor Brennan and thought his was the job I wanted, but if I couldn't get the governor job, the lawyer job wasn't so bad." And then, about fifteen years later, my mentor from the law firm I had been working at, at the time, asked me to serve in the Weld admin- istration, which was my first time being a Democrat in a Republican administration. Once again, I looked at the governor and thought, well, I really do want to be governor, but the lawyer job's not so bad. So, I told him, "Now I have the chance to work for you." I'm no longer interested in being governor; I realize chief legal counsel is the job I've been trying to get for 35 years. I love public service. I like being in the governor's office because it's the pinnacle of the executive branch, and I like being an advisor without having to either raise money or get elected. I think it's the best of both worlds. I get to work on public policy, I get to be involved in the issues of the day, and very rarely do people write about me. WWM: Should we be surprised that a Republican governor chose a Democrat as a lawyer? LP: I don't know. Massachusetts's politics is what Massachusetts's politics is. The governor is a moderate. He surrounded himself with smart people. The people in his cabinet, you may not agree with all of them all the time, but they are very experienced in their fields. 60 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 an interview with chief legal counsel, lon povich "I love public service. I like being in the governor's office because it's the pinnacle of the executive branch, and I like being an advisor without having to either raise money or get elected. I think it's the best of both worlds."

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