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Thursday, October 08, 2009

The heat is on

Tom Menino has found a way to save a few bucks on energy in City Hall the upcoming heating season. Have the attorney general look over your shoulder.

But things may also warm up on the 21st floor aerie in the McCormack State Office Building with Martha Coakley's decision to get "involved" in Outlook-gate.
Martha Coakley flip-flops, probes e-mails
Headlines like this aren't great for Senate campaigns looking to roll up big margins in the state's largest city controlled by a powerful mayor looking for a fifth term.

The Herald's conversion of a legitimate decision by the office of the state's top lawyer into a political stunt shows just how high the stakes are in an investigation of what happened to thousands of e-mails on the computer of Menino aide Michael Kineavy.

Hizzoner has suggested the brouhaha is a tempest in a teapot, a political stunt dreamed up by challenger Michael Flaherty similar to the one that brought Sam Yoon onto his "ticket." Absent in his calculations is the fact the once lost, now found e-mails include many under federal subpoena.

Menino's minions, including the rather clueless city attorney, have not be cooperating with Secretary of State Bill Galvin's public records investigation to the degree desired. So as in the case of Richard Vitale and Sal DiMasi, enter the AG.

Both proper proper decisions from a procedural perspective. Of course, she wasn't running for a vacant US Senate seat at the time of the DiMasi probe -- and political endorsements were not things that occupied her day.

And that is why this is getting even more interesting -- with major political implications also lying on the Coakley side of the equation.

The Herald headline could have been written by a Coakley opponent in its gross political unfairness. It hardly constitutes flip-flopping to have the AG's office step into an investigation of potential lawbreaking, be it the public records law or obstruction of justice.

It is safe to assume that Menino's ground troops will take the lead from the man with an elephant's memory and a baby's thin skin and work for those foes -- with Mike Capuano reaping the lion's share of the benefit.

But Coakley could also benefit from voters trying to size up her fortitude in the face of allegations she hasn't take stands on tough Senate political issues like the war in Afghanistan and the public option.

Standing up to a bully does take courage -- even if after you make the decision you "made a quick retreat that took her down a long hallway and through a gift shop. All the way, she refused to respond to questions from the Herald about her abrupt reversal on e-mailgate."

If Menino would only have turned the heat up on his own people to cooperate in a legitimate investigation, none of this would be happening.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Herald has now had two days in a row of a headline stating "Martha flip flops"- could it be that they are trying to influence the outcome of an election by using inappropriate banners to imply wrong doing where none exists? Wonder which candidate they're supporting or are they just trying to sell more newspapers by having a dirty fight? Either way it's not in the best interest of the taxpayers of the Commonwealth. It's no wonder this country is in such bad shape- the media bias is strangling any grasp of reality and ability to seek facts when choosing a candidate- Shame on them.

October 08, 2009 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The AG said she wouldn't get involved until the Sec of State asked her to. Now she's changed her mind and gotten involved. How is that not a flip flop?

October 10, 2009 7:41 PM  

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