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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Friday, January 04, 2008

Game of chance

Now we know why House Speaker Sal DiMasi doesn't think he will have time to take up casino gambling this year. He's got more important things on his plate.

While DiMasi has been doing a dance with Deval Patrick to see who is top dog in the state, he apparently has been doing the same thing within his own chamber -- holding off efforts by three members anxious for Mr. Speaker to move on to The Private Sector.

But DiMasi, who has only held the gavel a few years and whose House seems to be stricken by inertia (excellent column Adrian!) isn't ready to join Tom Finneran on the radio or Trav in the (lucrative) trenches.

Two DiMasi lieutenants -- Ways and Means Chair Bobby DeLeo and Ron Mariano of Quincy have gotten the message. Not so Majority Leader John Rogers.

Rogers, from Norwood, was DeLeo's predecessor on Ways and Means and DiMasi's principal rival for Speaker. The majority leader's job was a classic of "keep your friend close -- and your enemies closer."

But Rogers still has his eyes on the prize and -- much like current Senate President Terry Murray -- embarked on an early expedition to line up the votes for the day when DiMasi steps down.

But what worked for her isn't working for him -- probably because Rogers started that effort way too soon. DiMasi is nowhere ready to give it up, particularly now that he appears to be running not just the House but also the state.

DiMasi may need much of this year to get his own House in order. In the meantime, the people's business may need to wait.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny to have a blog titles Mass. Liberal. I mean isn't everyone in Massachusetts, including the pathetic Republican party, a bunch of radical liberals? If there is one one-party government left in the Western Hemisphere-other than Cuba-it must be in Boston.

January 04, 2008 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Ian M said...

West Texas NeoCon was taken, evidently.

January 10, 2008 12:52 PM  

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