John M. Bailey, namesake of politically influential family, dies

John M. Bailey, a one-time chief state's attorney and namesake of the politically connected Bailey family, has died after a yearlong bout with Lou Gehrig's disease. Bailey was 59.

Bailey spent 27 years in state government, never holding an elective office. His father, John Bailey, is a legendary Democratic Party insider leading the state Democratic Party from 1946 to his death in 1975. The elder Bailey also served as the national party chairman.

The announcement of Bailey's death came late Monday morning from his younger sister, Barbara Kennelly, a one-time Congresswoman.

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