“I’ve always enjoyed political involvement. In my 30s, I guess, I always thought I would like to be a congressman and end up in Washington, D.C.,” Buddy says.
He never quite made it to Washington, but while in Massachusetts he did serve two terms on his local school board and two terms as a member of the Board of Select Men, the latter being akin to a combination of a municipal city council and a county board of commissioners.
“I even ran for the Massachusetts Legislature as a Republican,” he laughs when talking about his nearly successful bid in a traditional Democrat stronghold. “I ran against a 7-term Democrat. We later figured out if 36 people would have voted differently, I would have won.”