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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rep. Blumer remembered


Rep. Deborah Blumer's advocacy for the vulnerable is recalled today in a column by Eileen McNamara.

"She had more energy than any 10 of us combined," Rep. Kay Khan, a Newton Democrat, told McNamara. "There are so few people you can really trust in that place, and Debby was such a straight shooter. I don't know where the rest of us will turn now."

Blumer, a Framingham Democrat who died after suffering a heart attack while driving her car, was remembered by more than 700 people at services at Temple Beth Am in Framingham last week.

McNamara writes about Blumer's efforts to help immigrants, drug addicts, the mentally ill and retarded, and women in prison.

She says Blumer's spirit will be present in the House chamber every time a vote is called "on a measure meant to protect the most vulnerable among us. Let her empty chair be a call to conscience for those left to complete the work she began."

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