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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Furniture Wars

Line of the Day, local edition, goes to Deval Patrick spokesman Kyle Sullivan:
"Now I get it. Rugs good, drapes bad."
And kudos to his House counterpart, Dave Guarino, for having the foresight to avoid one of the silly non-issues that engulfed the early days of the Patrick administrations.

Of course, I'm referring to DrapeGate (not to be confused with CaddyGate), where our newly elected governor set about to refurbish a threadbare Corner Office with new drapes and new furniture left despoiled by the office's previous occupant.

(Then again, how bad could it have been, Myth Romney never used it).

Patrick was pilloried (or is that Hillaried?) for spending taxpayers' money on the centerpiece of the taxpayers' building. He shunned the bargain basements and bought expensive draperies, sofas and chairs so dignitaries might think Massachusetts wasn't Mississippi.

And boy did he pay a political price for that.

So, DiMasi (and Guarino) had a better strategy -- 8 by 10 color glossy photos with circles and arrows and a paragraph of each one to show how shabby the Speaker's digs were. Oh, and instead of digging into his own pocket for the drapes, as Patrick did, DiMasi will use his campaign war chest.

And most of all, they did a pre-emptive move -- announcing it before reporters who troop in for the Speaker's holiday party see the place no longer looks shabby.

Glad to see there really was some action in the Legislature prior to heading out the door for the end of the first year of the session.

And don't look now, but the governor has been learning too. Should make next year interesting!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole thing is a sad statement about the press focusing on something really stupid. Why shouldn't we want our public spaces to look good?

Of course, it does make you wonder how those stains occurred.

November 29, 2007 7:02 AM  

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