Mass. Democrats Talk Policy at the Invitation of the White House


If Elizabeth Warren doesn’t wind up as Hillary Clinton’s vice president, at least some Massachusetts pols got the look from Washington this year.

A ragtag band of mostly youngish state reps and senators, at the invitation of the White House, joined a few dozen state lawmakers from across the country this week to talk policy with aides to President Obama.

The focus: working in state capitols to keep momentum behind key initiatives Obama considers part of his legacy, including education, health care expansion, gun control, and criminal justice reform.

“They wanted to kind of go over things we could be effective on at the state level that would help keep the president’s agenda moving forward after he leaves office,” said state Representative Aaron Michlewitz, a North End Democrat who was part of the delegation.

Led by White House intergovernmental affairs director Jerry Abramson, the four-hour Old Executive Office Building meeting included state Senators Harriette Chandler, Sal DiDomenico, Linda Dorcena Forry, Eric Lesser, and Tom McGee, and state Representatives Christine Barber and Michael Moran.

Of course, a Democratic president hardly needs such blandishments to prod Massachusetts lawmakers to perpetuate most of his policies.

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