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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, May 15, 2008

The House of Cards

Boy, it was sure good timing on Sal DiMasi's part to repay the loan he got from long-time friend and accountant Richard Vitale.

Vitale could probably use the $178,000 leftover balance now that he has "retired" from the accounting firm he helped to found 30 years ago.
“This has been in the works since last July. It was a perfect storm,” Vitale spokesman George Regan said. “He cashed out and a new partner was named to take over his accounts. That was his intention, to retire all along.”
Why don't I believe Regan that this action, days after Vitale belatedly registered as a lobbyist -- and just one day after Ace Ticket did what he did not and acknowledged they were his client -- was in the works for a long time?

Is it because the IRS paperwork for the golf tournament that Vitale runs in his brother's name and hosted by DiMasi is still not up-to-date? Aren't accountants and the IRS supposed to work hand-in-hand?

I guess that all amiable, "phased-in" retirements include the abrupt decision to take the founder's picture and profile off the the company web site.

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