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"There are many sound reasons why Senator Scott Brown should be elected over Elizabeth Warren,” my friend Tom Devine recently wrote on his blog, The Valleyist.

I will respectfully disagree. But boy, even the most devout Warrenite’s heart would stop for a moment to see the photo Devine posted to accompany that statement: Warren posing with a smiling former Springfield Mayor Mike Albano.

(By the way, is it just me, or does Albano look especially smug in the photo? Like perhaps he’s thinking: “Ha! Take that, you lousy Valley Advocate pissants! You’ve beat up on me for years, and here I still stand, having my picture taking with Elizabeth Warren, like the Very Important Person I am!”? OK, maybe it is just me.)

“[I]f a candidate can be judged by the company they keep then this picture suggests that Brown deserves to win by a landslide,” Devine writes.

I couldn’t resist forwarding Devine’s post to another of my Springfield blogger pals, Western Mass Politics and Insight writer and Warren fan Matt Szafranski, who responded, “ If politicians were held accountable for random poses, nobody would get elected.” He also pointed out that Brown’s own photo album has some pretty questionable images, too, such as shots of the senator smiling alongside leaders of the anti-gay group MassResistance.

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