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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Showdown at the MBTA Corral

If Charlie Baker needs any additional proof that the real power center of Beacon Hill rests in the Legislature and not the Corner Office, the building hurricane heading toward MBTA boss Dan Grabauskas should be the ultimate proof.

With Deval Patrick belatedly calling for Smilin' Dan's head, our legislative leaders are riding to Grabauskas' rescue. And ironically that includes House Transportation Committee Chairman Joseph Wagner of Chicopee, who gave MBTA riders an extended middle finger on the debate over transportation restructuring.

But Senate President Therese Murray deserves the award for the most disingenuous line, barely cloaking her animosity toward the governor by accusing him of playing politics because Grabauskas is a GOP hack instead of a Democratic one.
“He’s been a good head of the T,’’ said Senate President Therese Murray, speaking at a lunch forum on the Boston waterfront. “But he’s from a different party, and the governor and his people would like a different person in there.’’
Adds Wagner:
“What I am watching unfold here strikes me as very political. I have a concern that the focus of the administration should be to try and move forward and implement the new transportation reform law.’’
What you should be watching Mr. Chairman is the service quality, the inability to be on time and on budget with capital projects -- not to mention the real elephant in the room, the abysmal recent track record for safety.

Smilin' Dan offers his own Reaganesque retort:
“Well, there you go again. They’re vague and unsubstantiated allegations, and I continue to think, as do many others, that they are politically motivated.’’
Vague and unsubstantiated? Let's just single out two Green Line crashes in a year. A major power outage that shut the system down. Stations forever under construction -- particularly after one project threatens to destroy a landmark church.

Smilin' Dan has got to go. Patrick has finally seen the light. Too bad his legislative defenders have not. Perhaps they should actually use the MBTA before they rise to Grabauskas' defense?

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Blogger John Mc said...

know why Duvall didn't replace Dan as soon as the gov took office. He replaced most other positions, and Dan was no better then than he is now...

July 30, 2009 8:44 AM  
Blogger Quriltai said...

Do you think the Lege is defending Dan, or just opposing Deval?

July 30, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

John Mc -- probably because his severance was a bigger obstacle then than now

Quriltai -- I think it's more Deval opposition. It's getting interesting with Menino coming to his defense -- not that characterize it in the same way, yet.

July 30, 2009 5:29 PM  

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