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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Lame-o duck

Be careful what you wish for. That's the only conclusion I can come to after castigating our (former) governor for not paying attention to the state. Because with only weeks remaining in his term he's turned his attention to fulfilling his personal and political agenda.

We can glide by his cronyism in placing a loyal mouthpiece in a public job so he can get his pension. An aide's denial that putting Eric Ferhnstrom into the five-year (low-paying) job on the Brookline Housing Authority would allow his pension to vest is well, lame -- or it could be retribution for the authority suing the Romney administration for failing to provide adequate funds.

Someone needs to make sure Ferhnstrom shows up for the board meeting. And remember about all the time you wrote about pension hacks while you were at The Herald.

In the meantime, one can only marvel at the audacity of this some-time executive unfurling an activist agenda in the final two months of a term noted mainly for his indifference. Cutting tolls (and highway repairs dollars) in the middle of an election will cost additional cash in fending off a lawsuit filed because his hand-picked board met behind closed doors to do the people's business.

His decision to unilaterally issue painful budget cuts without real evidence of the need -- then turn around and accuse his critics of grandstanding is truly audacious. Of course, using the Statehouse grounds for a rally aimed at promoting his presidential campaign platform asvtough on gay marriage is not grandstanding in his mind.

Whatever happened to the rules that the Statehouse cannot be used for partisan political purposes? Why was the gate opened for the first two since 9-11? Who paid for the security details? Perhaps Romney or his soon-to-be Brookline Housing Authority crony spokesman can address those issues.

Romney has been running around the country, positioning himself as the most conservative GOP presidential candidate, much like he tried to run to the middle in Massachusetts before taking a sharp right turn when the political winds seemed favorable. The outrages he has perpetrated as a lame duck in the name of that campaign are, well, outrageous.

Aside from creating a mess for Deval Patrick -- whose election was a true repudiation of the Romney-Healey administration -- to feather his own political nest, what has Mitt Romney accomplished in Massachusetts?

These tactics may work for the right wingnuts who populate the GOP primaries and have a visceral distaste for Massachusetts. But we will not forget -- and will choose to remind national political reporters -- of the duplicity of this fraudulent empty suit who speaks out of at least two sides of his mouth.

Mitt, we celebrate tomorrow in your honor. You are a turkey and we are giving thanks you will soon not darken our door.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fernstrom's vile approach to the media and elected officials and, indeed, the public has been emblematic of this adminstration.

The tragedy of the Romney years will be documented in the future: An able, thoughtful, and intelligent person who had a chance to make a real difference for the state instead chose to "govern" with the insensitivity and thoughtlessness he often attributes to the political hacks he disparages. Ironically, those hacks actually care more for the public than he does.

November 22, 2006 3:42 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Couldn't say it better myself. Thanks!

November 22, 2006 3:52 PM  

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