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Butler is seen as strong choice to lead Mashantucket tribe

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Ledyard Mayor Fred Allyn Jr.'s first meeting with Rodney Butler, chairman-elect of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, was a jocular one. And Allyn's still smiling about it. "I went up to him when I was a newly elected (town) councilor and he was a newly elected (tribal) councilor and introduced myself," Allyn recalled Monday. "Then I had some fun. I said if things got a little too heavy for him, I'd be willing to switch positions - but he'd have to take my salary."