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Scalabrine Supports Pagliuca’s Senate Run

Brian Scalabrine [1] understands the importance of a strong campaign. Over the last few years fans have lobbied on Facebook [2] to vote the Celtics [3] forward to the All-Star team. Although Scalabrine never won the vote, he thinks he has a good eye for a deserving candidate.

On Thursday Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca announced his candidacy in the special election for the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, and Scalabrine is already on board.

‘€œI back him 100 percent,’€ Scalabrine said following the USI Shamrock Classic at the Nashawtuc Country Club inn Concord. ‘€œI feel like he’s the kind of guy that’s going to go out there and get things done. From a position in the state of Massachusetts right now, that’s what you’re going to want ‘€” people that are going to get things done.’€

Scalabrine has experienced Pagliuca’s accomplishments firsthand. He is among a group of Celtics who won an NBA championship following a 24-win season the previous year. The organization’s instant turnaround is just one reason why Scalabrine believes Pagliuca can achieve positive change.

‘€œ[He got] Kevin Garnett [4], Ray Allen [5] and Paul Pierce [6] on the same team. You think that stuff’s easy to do? No. To do that you have to be thoughtful, ahead of your time, and that’s him,’€ Scalabrine said. ‘€œObviously he’s not the only guy, but if you’re a Senator you’re not the only guy making decisions, you’ve got people working underneath you. And how about just the ability to buy the Celtics? How about that? I mean to have that ability to do that, that’s something special in itself.’€

Less than an hour after Pagliuca announced his candidacy, Scalabrine already had a campaign in mind.

‘€œI got a sign going in my front yard. For sure,’€ he said. ‘€œIt’s big, big like a billboard. It says like this: ‘Pags for Senator. My name is Brian Scalabrine and I approve this message,’ and it can have my face on it.’€