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Massachusetts Liberal

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

End of an era

If the results hold up and Dianne Wilkerson is truly out of the Massachusetts State Senate, we are seeing a sad end to what once was a promising career.

Wilkerson possesses a first-rate intelligence and worked enormously hard for her constituents. But for whatever reasons, her lesser angels led her to one bad decision after another involving her personal and campaign life.

From what I've seen of Sonia Chang-Diaz, the opportunity exists for the residents of the district to have a senator who brings the good without the baggage.

I've always felt it was ultimately up to the voters to decide whether the Wilkerson balancing act was justified. They have now spoken. But I can't help but feel a bit sad for the wasted talent represented by Wilkerson and hope that she can finally get her life in order.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been astounding that Wilkerson's constituents were willing to put up with her illegal acts for so long. Imagine a state rep violating state laws over and over. I can't think of any other legislative district where that would have been the case.

September 17, 2008 6:26 AM  
Blogger Queen Dee said...

We did re-elect Mayor Curley from a jail cell...

Sometimes people forgive and sometimes they don't. Dianne continues to make amends and just because the majority of those she represented weren't able to forgive, it doesn't mean she is a monster. It means she did her best to repair what she did wrong and it wasn't enough to win her another term in office. That's all.

I will say it's much more pleasant to vote for someone based on their record vs. whether or not I think they should be forgiven.

September 17, 2008 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't say she is a monster. She was a member of a body that creates the laws, and then she kept disobeying them. For all of us, we are taught that "ignorance of the law is no excuse". How much more so for a state representative.

September 18, 2008 6:15 AM  
Anonymous Stav said...

I didn't think highly of Wilkerson as a person, but she was a great representative for the area. The pocket lining and peccadillos? Not so much.

I voted for Sonia Chang-Diaz with the reservation of knowing that she is an callow and empty vessel and the hope that she isn't five times more corrupt in less than one session!

September 18, 2008 4:35 PM  

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