Dudley Morton from Cape Cod was in the court that historic day
On this day in 1982, the public got its first look at John Hinckley who attempted to kill Ronald Reagan. On March 30, 1981, Hinckley fired a .22 caliber Röhm RG-14 revolver six times at Reagan as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. after addressing an AFL-CIO conference. .
The story on March 28 in the New York Times began:
The people who would judge John W. Hinckley Jr. looked to the right, to the courtroom's side door, and he came forth today, flanked by security guards, still showing the clean-cut, youthful, slightly anxious gaze that has puzzled the nation since he shot President Reagan 13 months ago....
...''I know what I think,'' Dudley Morton, a tourist from Cape Cod, Mass., said as he left the courtroom. ''The greater good should be protected: If they accept his insanity defense, everyone, the guy who robs your house, will be pleading insanity.'' ... New York Times, April 28, 1982.
Read about John Hinckley here.
How the Republicans lost another state seat
On this day in 2006, the Massachusetts Republican party showed a new face, and as stage-managed political events go, the one at the Massachusetts Republican Party nominating convention back on April 28-29, 2006 was a classic.
Bay Windows reported, "A hundred down-ticket Republican candidates paraded down the side aisles of Lowell’s Tsongas Arena, two streams of waving, fist-pumping foot soldiers striding to the familiar pounding of the Rocky III anthem “Eye of the Tiger” as an audience of GOP faithful cheered them on from their seats.
"But as they amassed onstage, the contenders became a waving, grinning blur of mostly middle-aged white men in dark suits, one nearly indistinguishable from the next. Just one candidate managed to stand out in the bland throng: The six-foot-four 24-year-old holding aloft the red, white and blue campaign placard that read 'Aaron Maloy for State Rep'”...
The Bay Windows article about Maloy was a hoot, but it was what happened after the convention that cost the GOP a State Rep seat it had held forever.
Despite the pleadings of local Republican leaders, the state GOP refused to financially support a gay male who was opposing a gay female, and Sarah Peake took over the seat held by Shirley Gomes and other Cape Republicans before her, and the seat was lost to the Great Old Party, probably forever.