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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Chill out dudes

Memo to Brian Dodge: the election is over and you lost -- badly. Chill out.

Dodge was in a huff over reports that the Deval Patrick transition team was asked to sign confidentiality agreements. The figurehead leader of the party in a state where the governor has been absent for two weeks while pursuing a presidential campaign he's unwilling to acknowledge told the Globe this was outrageous:
...Brian Dodge, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, accused Patrick of backing away from several campaign pledges, including his promise to make the new administration as open as possible. Dodge also said Patrick is cozying up to interest groups, despite his campaign pledge to remain independent."He's establishing a trend of backtracking," Dodge said. "His actions of late cast real doubt on his willingness to follow through on promises he made during the campaign."
The move does seem a bit strange -- particularly the decision/mistake of recycling forms that state the agreement covers the campaign and not the transition team.

Sunlight is always appropriate in government but some shade pulling is OK in establishing strategy and finding people to carry it out. If the shades are drawn after Jan. 4, we may have more reason to be concerned.

But before the Massachusetts Republican Party tells us how much they support openness in government, perhaps they should answer this question: why is secrecy is OK when it involves Dick Cheney and energy policy but not Deval Patrick and creating a new team?

We'd ask Mitt but Mr. Openness is out of state, again. Not that that is a bad thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian who?

December 12, 2006 2:08 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

The "leader" of the Massachusetts Republican Party, that's who!

December 12, 2006 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No seriously, Brian who?????????

January 02, 2007 4:32 PM  

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