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Shannon O'Brien

She lost her 2002 bid for governor, but few expected we'd heard the last from Democrat Shannon O'Brien. The 48-year-old Whitman resident earned two local Emmy nominations for her 2003-2004 work as a consumer reporter on WB56, but found she missed "running an organization, using my management skills and leading a team." So today she is CEO of the Boston-area Girl Scouts organization, and, no surprise, the first female state treasurer is now sought by national media as an expert on all things Mitt Romney. As her former gubernatorial opponent's presidential campaign has "gained traction," O'Brien, an unabashed supporter of Hillary Clinton, is pleased that "the whole flip-flopper mantle has really taken on a little more speed and momentum." When she's not critiquing Romney's platform, the former captain of the Yale women's soccer team and her husband, lobbyist Emmet Hayes, enjoy watching their 8-year-old daughter, Regan, play Whitman youth soccer and get started in Girl Scouting with a local Brownie troop. Will she run for office again?O'Brien cites her "passion for public service" and says she "wouldn't rule it out right now, but I wouldn't rule it in."


Boston Globe 11/25/07