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Friday, June 11, 2010

He who laughs last...

The movers and shakers in the Massachusetts Republican Party thought they had a sure-fire winner in the 10th Congressional District. And they may have be right when incumbent Bill Delahunt took himself out of the re-election game.

What we saw in the late winter was Jeff Perry, a photogenic, up-and-coming state representative from Sandwich. All that stood in his way was Joe Malone, a former state treasurer who left office under a cloud created by his top aides.

The battles of endorsements was a similar mismatch: Perry netted state GOP poster boy Scott Brown. Retread Malone scored the retread former mayor of New York, Rudy Guliani.

If only Perry had read the court documents in which his name appeared from his days as a sergeant in the Wareham Police Department.

Today's Globe follows up on solid reporting by the Cape Cod Times in raisin questions about Perry's actions as a supervisor of a Wareham cop who is now serving time over the illegal strip search of two teenage girls.

It's the sort of witches brew of issues that should make any candidate cringe, on par with the financial shenanigans linked to Malone's former associates.

In other words -- a level playing field with two now-tainted Republicans lined up against a five-term state senator who has proven he can win in the Cape and islands, the most Republican-leaning portion of the district that stretches along the South Shore up to Quincy. Or the Norfolk County District Attorney, Bill Keating.

Either way, the talk of GOP triumphalism in taking back at least one seat among the 10 congressional districts is now muted.

The new reports shed a bit more light on what Perry said and did during and after the incidents involving former officer Scott Flanagan. But for a party looking to promote a "no more business as usual" message, the lack of clarity and accountability on Perry's part is exactly the wrong message to send angry voters,

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only question that remains is who loses the most from this situation, Perry who's been found to be unacceptable as a Congressman, or Brown who is attached to him by endorsement. Albatross meet neck, neck albatross.

June 11, 2010 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Robert O'Leary's brother who was the CEO of Caritas Hospital. He got fired for trying to raise $ for his brother from the emplyee list of his hospital. This was reported as the Cape Cod Times frontpage article on May 18, 2010.

Check the Atlantic Magazine's article criticizing Scott Brown for continuing to support Jeff Perry even though it is clear that Perry protected his serial child molesting buddy Scott Flanagan on multiple occasions:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/06/will-scott-brown-have-woman-trouble-in-2012/58069/

June 14, 2010 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or how about Keating who lives an hour outside the district in Barney Frank's congressional district in Sharon, MA.

Keating is a carpetbagger who thinks he can win the seat by renting an apartment in Quincy.

Also, how about Keating's gaffe earlier in the campaign when he declared to the public that if he was elected, he would not only take his state pension which would be over a $100,000 a year, he would also take the federal pension too which is another $150,000/year.

"Fatcat" Keating eats off the public trough, while the regular average joe is struggling to find jobs, feed their families, and survive during this terrible recession.

June 14, 2010 2:03 PM  

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