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Gov. Criticized Over Pothole Fix for First Lady Visit

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (WGGB) —  Governor Deval Patrick has found himself in a controversy over a few potholes on the road of his vacation home in Richmond.

Part of the road lies in West Stockbridge. The governor’s office asked Town Administrator Mark Webber to fix the holes for an August 3 visit by First Lady Michelle Obama for a $20,000 a seat fundraiser for the President’s campaign. Webber agreed and had the holes fixed Thursday morning.

“I think the First Lady should have a nice smooth ride up to the house,” said Steve Dixon, Owner of Queensborough Spirits in West Stockbridge. “However, there’s probably some other potholes could use some filling around here. So, I would implore him to have the rest of it done as well.”

Webber has gone on record saying the road was going to be fixed soon anyway. He said the repairs cost about $200.

Michael Costerisan is one of the governor’s neighbors. Just as he’ll be watching the show when the First Lady’s motorcade drives up, he’s watching this show unfold, too.

“I think it’s interesting that everyone’s so interested,” said Costerisan. “And it’s amusing. But it’s not a controversy. Not for me.”


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