Peter Flaherty is a founder of the Boston-based GOP firm The Shawmut Group. Peter is a former asst. DA in the Suffolk Co., MA DA's Office. After leaving the DA's office, Flaherty became VP of Walden Media, a film production studio dedicated to the development of family friendly films. In '03, Flaherty went to work for newly-elected MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), where he was dep. CoS and senior adviser on constitutional issues, criminal justice, bioethics and judicial selection. In the Romney WH '08 camp, Flaherty was dep. mgr. in charge of coalition building and the liaison to the faith community. But today, he is our Consultant Candid.
What was your first job?
My first job was as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston. I was there from 1988 to 2001.
What is your proudest moment professionally?
At the conclusion of any case I prosecuted, after justice was served, I would always have private time with the family members of the victim. It was during those exchanges of hugs and tears that I was proud to do the work I was doing, thinking that I could bring even an ounce of relief to people at such a trying time in their life. I am still in touch with many of those families today.
If you could be in any other line of work, what would it be?
If I could be in any other line of work, I would want to be a basketball coach (coaching one or all of my three sons).
Of what political campaign (past, present or future) would you most like to be a part?
That's easy. Scott Brown's reelection to the U.S. Senate.
What individual who does your kind of work for the other party do you respect the most, and why?
David Axelrod. I have great respect for his work and his steady, mild mannered approach. Nothing seems to bother him, and his results speak for themselves. Also, anyone who has read an article about his and his wife's tireless commitment and devotion to their children knows his heart is just as big as his brain.
Negative campaigning -- good or bad?
What is your favorite restaurant to meet clients?
Bernard's Chinese Food in Chestnut Hill, MA
What is the first section of the newspaper you read?
A question from last week's participant, Patrick Hynes of Hynes Comm.: Who would win a fantasy match-up between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama?
Please pose a question for the next interviewee.
Do you have any Election-Day routines?
This article appears in the January 28, 2010 edition of Latest Edition.