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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sports, politics and revenge

There's an old line that the three things Boston loves most are sports, politics -- and revenge. The ethics law proposals unveiled by the Senate cover two out of three.

Not that there's anything wrong with the campaign finance reform provision that would close the loophole that has enabled Deval Patrick to raise major sums of cash in one check -- a combination of $500 for the governor and $5,000 for the state Democratic Party.

The 71st Fund give shim a fund-raising advantage over his legislative colleagues who are also trolling for special interest bucks.

But it's interesting that the Senate, like the House before it, failed to address the issue of gifts, That includes not only the ability to receive, but to give.

It's the receiving part that has attracted far more attention, thanks to the financial woes of former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson.

While it's heartening to think there could be some form of ethics reforms enacted this year, it's troubling that both House and Senate members see the bill more as a vehicle for settling political scores than for satisfying public sentiment for change.

That's why Patrick's apparent plan to run against lawmakers next year is a sound one -- if he can stop tripping over his own feet.

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