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Maria Cantwell
Maria Cantwell

During last year’s Senate campaign in Washington, the subject of Maria Cantwell as an office executive (in charge of her Senate office) and as a personality arose several times, resulting in an emerging image of a difficult and harsh boss and a wintry personality.

That subject was then raised by several people through individual accounts, leaving little real reporting on the subject. (We recounted these accounts last May.)

That gap has been filed now, somewhat at least, by a more nuanced portrait, “Mellowing Maria,” in the Seattle Weekly last month. It has a fair feel because it does try for nuance: Finding truth in the accounts from last year and balancing them with other-angled observations. In all a more complex portrait, as realistic portraits of human beings tend to be.

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