Politics

Delegating Denver #25 of 56: Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

Total Number of Delegates: 121 Pledged: 93 Unpledged: 28

How to Recognize a Massachusetts Delegate: Massholes. It's the name that everyone from Maine to Maryland loves to call the residents of Massachusetts. Oh, sure, it's funny, but it's not entirely true. Well, it's true on weekdays during rush hours in Boston and every day during the month of August along U.S. Highway 1 in Maine, where everyone from Massachusetts is vacationing. Don't take their hoots and horns personally — Bay Staters just love to provoke people! Massachusetts is the most liberal state in the U.S., and it's just natural for its residents to favor their maximum personal liberty by reforming the behaviors of everyone else, from those in their immediate vicinity to the nation at large. They are easy to recognize because they like their clothes like they like their politicians: tight. Bay Staters have never let reality interfere with their idealized version of themselves or America. During the convention, look for Massachusetts delegates to be wearing their tiny-bit-too-snug 2007 World Series Championship T-shirts. It is as much a display of pride as it is an effort to provoke the locals.

Famous Massachusettsans: Artists Winslow Homer and James Whistler; boxer Rocky Marciano; industry titan Jack Welch, actors Steve Carell, Matt Damon, Matt LeBlanc, Leonard Nimoy and Matthew Perry; actresses Jane Curtin, BetteDavis, Olympia Dukakis, Agnes Moorehead, Amy Poehler and Uma Thurman; writers Horatio Alger, Emily Dickenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. Seuss, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Sylvia Plath; surf guitarist Dick Dale; Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry; White Zombie lead singer Rob Zombie; and New Kids on the Block singers Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood.

Famous Massachusetts Democrats: 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy; Senator Robert F. Kennedy; Senator Edward Kennedy; 1988 presidential candidate Michael "Tank" Dukakis; 2004 presidential candidate John "Swift Boat" Kerry.

Famous Massachusettsans With Denver Connections: Indian activist/writer Helen Hunt Jackson; beatnik/writer Jack Kerouac; actor/writer Kurt Russell (Aspen); Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen; CBS4 weekend news anchor Alan Gionet.

State Nickname: The Bay State Population: 6,437,193 Racial Distribution: 79% white, 7% black, 5% Asian, 1% Native American 8% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $39,815 Unemployment: 5%

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Sean Cronin