Witchcraft and Politics: An "Official" State Witch?
During the 1988 presidentialcampaign, Democratic candidateMichael Dukakis was accused byChristians in the Republican Party of
having appointed an “official statewitch” while he was governor of
Massachusetts. The Dukakis campcategorically denied these charges.
Did Michael Dukakis appoint an
witch” of Massachusetts?
One spokesperson for the SalemChamber of Commerce confirmedthe allegations, agreeing that Cabotwas the official, state-designatedwitch of Salem. The city of Salem
capitalizes on the “officiality” of
Cabot because it draws tourism to thearea. Each October, for example, theChamber of Commerce sponsors amonth of so-
called “HauntedHappenings,” that last until
Halloween. In the past, thatcelebration has included a publicséance. Another spokesperson at theSalem Chamber of Commerce
defended Cabot: “She‟s very popular and a very nice person.” Cabot is
reported to be a noteworthy citizenbecause of all the beneficial thingsshe has done for the community suchas her work with dyslexic children.However, an employee of
e in Salem commented:
is an AmericanWitchcraft High Priestess,