State Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg, who has rounded up the votes to succeed Therese Murray as Senate President whenever she departs, traveled with Murray during her recent trip to Plymouth, England, as did her House colleague Rep. Vinny deMacedo, a Plymouth Republican who says he may run for Murray's present Senate seat if she retires when her term ends.
Sen. Murray disclosed her traveling companions in a newsletter recently to constituents writing that she had received an honorary doctorate in health from Plymouth University in Plymouth, England on her trip. An honorary degree, or a degree honoris causa (Latin, for the sake of the honor), is given to individuals by a university without the usual requirements of earning credits, residence, passing exams or testing. It is typically given to someone who has distinguished themselves in a specific field or to society and is an important visitor to the university.
Why is there no "Cape Cod 400"?
Senator Murray's district includes the Cape Cod towns of Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich, and although the Pilgrims first landed in Provincetown on Cape Cod on November 11, 1620 (where they wrote the Mayflower Compact often called America's first constitution) and didn't reach Plymouth until December 25, none of the Plymouth 400 events focus on the Cape where the Pilgrims first trod on American soil. We suggest that a major change in the planned festivities is needed to acknowledge Cape Cod's premier role in the arrival here of the Mayflower and its passengers.
On to the Azores next with Peake and Vieira
Senator Murray wrote in her message to constituents, "We want to strengthen our bond with Plymouth, England, Southampton and Harwich, England, as well as Leiden, Holland, which have all played an important part in the Pilgrim's story and our nation's founding". She has been joined by Rosenberg on other overseas trips, including ones to Russia and Scotland which have no connection with either the Pilgrims, Plymouth or the Mayflower.
Senators Murray and Rosenberg, and about two dozen other lawmakers including a delegation of 25 lawmakers led by Sen. Marc Pacheco, of Taunton, and Rep. Antonio Cabral, of New Bedford, plan to make another trip, this one to the Azores in November. State Reps Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown) and David Vieira (R-Falmouth) are the Cape Cod politicians included in this additional trip.
Since there are actually more Azoreans in Massachusetts than there are in the Azores, if seems like the trip of the islands may be to curry favor with the islands' relations who vote here.
Democrat Therese Murray has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Governor Patrick in November 2014. She has not said yet whether she will seek re-election to the State Senate. If she does not, Republican State Rep. Vinny deMacedo, a Plymouth Republican, has said he'd consider running for her Senate seat.