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Political notes from Free Press staff writers Terri Hallenbeck, Sam Hemingway and Nancy Remsen



Mr. Smith goes back to business

The news yesterday that former Administration Secretary Mike Smith will head up FairPoint Communication's Vermont operations may be good for both Mike and FairPoint.

The company desperately needs to gain some cred in Vermont and allay concerns at the Public Service Department and Public Service Board that it has what it takes to run Vermont phone lines. Smith is well-acquainted with the people whose concerns need allaying.

Meanwhile, Smith, after flirting with a quasi-career as a blogger and media critic, can, well, get back to business.

- Terri Hallenbeck

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Mike Smith's "my way or the highway" attitude will not be helpful to Fairpoint and the logistics of his job description to fix relations with both the legislature and public service board.
Douglas probably ordered him there to begin creating jobs for the governor's staff.
Actually, Douglas probably ordered FairPoint to hire Mike Smith so he can in turn hire members of his administration.
Got any cheese to go with that whine?
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