Jan 31, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The MetroWest Daily News，The State House Program
Although some area lawmakers were surprised by Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick of William “Mo” Cowan as Massachusetts’ interim U.S. senator, the general consensus is he could aid the state as a knowledgeable advocate in Washington.
“I think [Cowan’s] very well prepared from the point of view of knowing what we need and will hopefully be able to translate that knowledge for advocacy for the state on a federal level,” said state Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, Wednesday after Patrick appointed his former chief of staff to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of U.S. Sen. John Kerry to secretary of state. Kerry held the Ssenate seat for 29 years.
Cowan’s name had not been mentioned prominently in the run up to Patrick’s announcement. Former congressman Barney Frank had openly sought the interim appointment and former Gov. William Weld had been mentioned as a possible appointee.