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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Knee jerk conservatism

Got to love Ginny Buckingham's column today. She makes a strong challenge for Jeff Jacoby's title of knee-jerk conservative who does not let facts get in the way of the party line.

Granted we are talking some familiar faces -- a state representative who served North Adams for more than 20 years is hardly a fresh face. But a practicing physician (even if she is Tom Menino's personal one) to head up a sprawling health and human services bureaucracy? Familiar face? Maybe. Outside-of-the box choice? Yes.

And Ginny -- what about your Welducci and Massport friend, Leslie Kirwan, as secretary of administration and finance? It certainly riled up some of the people (like you) expecting Deval Patrick to be the big spender they are expecting him to be.

Buckingham expresses admiration for Weld plucking friends from his federal government days. Rest assured you know what the Herald headlines and columns would read like if that happens: "Patrick plucks Clinton hack to lead such-and-such."

Picking people with knowledge on a subject and lack of experience in the public sector represents fresh thinking -- at least from where I sit. Better than selecting political cronies to run agencies for which they had no experience.

Any Patrick appointment represents a breath of fresh air after 16 years of GOP control of the executive branch. And he's not done yet either. There are still several significant cabinet jobs to go and a whole host of positions in agencies that actually make the government run on a daily basis.

You sound awfully defensive to me.

2 Comments:

Blogger Paul Levy said...

The Governor-elect has made some excellent appointments. For example, Ian Bowles will be a practical visionary in the energy and environment fields. Kevin Burke is a thoughtful and upstanding citizen and will be excellent at Public Safety. Just to mention a couple.

Now, if he could just persuade Fred Salvucci to return as Secretary of Transportation...

December 19, 2006 6:14 AM  
Anonymous B said...

Sounds like she's jealous he hasn't called her yet.

December 19, 2006 8:34 AM  

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