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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, January 22, 2009

Speaking of tougher ethics laws

It appears state Transportation Secretary James Aloisi may have the opposite problem from those plaguing House Speaker Sal DiMasi.

Not only does Aloisi "know where the bodies are buried" in transportation-related issues, he helped with the internment. That intimate knowledge is obviously a double-edged sword and if forced to recuse himself from too many decisions, one which will force Aloisi into utter ineffectiveness.

And that's something we don't need in yet another transportation secretary.

Aloisi and Gov. Deval Patrick need to reassess, pronto, whether his transportation chief is hobbled by that past.

And here's a potentially more palatable reason for legislators to act on tougher ethics laws. They will apply to the executive branch too.

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