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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gallucio must go

State Sen. Anthony Galluccio has now traveled from a tragedy to a joke. Not even a change in toothpaste can save his career.

Galluccio, who pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident -- within hours of getting taxi service from Cambridge police who found him too drunk to drive the night before -- has already received a lot of special treatment as he battles his addiction.

After he manned up and took a plea, he dodged jail by getting house arrest. He was stripped of his committee assignments and is allowed to leave only for church and to vote in the Senate. That work schedule means he's probably staring at the same walls a lot.

There's been a lot of discussion elsewhere about the sorbitol defense, whether toothpaste or mouthwash can cause a positive blood alcohol content reading. The consensus seems to be that it is unlikely if the proper precautions are taken after cleaning your mouth.

But the fact we are even having this discussion points to the absurdity of the situation in which an elected public official can't seem to stay on the right side of the law.

Yes,it is a double standard -- there should be higher requirements for someone elected to serve our interests.

And those higher interests require the Senate Ethics Committee to meet immediately -- I know Christmas is Friday -- and prepare a bill of particulars to oust Galluccio.

After the examples of Dianne Wilkerson and Jim Marzilli, removing Gallucio is the very least Senate President Therese Murray and her members can do to begin rebuilding the institution's reputation.

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Blogger Not Whitey Bulger said...

"...rebuilding the institution's reputation."

Rebuilding? Bwahahaha!

Are you planning on going back to Colonial times? The reputation of this institution going back a few generations is that of an organized crime gang. The only difference is that these Godfathers get caught more often.

Notice the commonality between Wilkerson, Marzilli and Gallucio? Multiple offenses before the Great and General Court sees fit to give them the boot. File under There But For The Grace of God.

December 23, 2009 10:07 AM  

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