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Dick Mazza - JEB WALLACE BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace Brodeur
  • Dick Mazza

Dick Mazza isn’t a cigar-chomping political party boss. And, while he does have a “back room,” it isn’t smoke filled. The 71-year-old state senator holds court in the rear of his general store in Colchester, in a modest office plastered with photographs and campaign memorabilia spanning his three decades in Vermont politics. Guests are welcomed like family, usually with offers of food and drink, by a guy who looks like a wise and benevolent grandfather.

But make no mistake: Dick Mazza is a power broker. In fact, to hear some Vermont political heavyweights tell it, he’s the most politically influential person in the state.

“There’s a popular misconception that Vermont is run out of the fifth-floor governor’s office in Montpelier,” says Congressman Peter Welch, a Democrat, “when in reality, it’s run out of the deli section of Mazza’s store.”


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