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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

If you've got nothing good to say...

House Speaker Robert DeLeo seems intent on pushing his wing tips deeper into his mouth. Why else does he continue to defend what the public views as indefensible?

As the lawyers say, we will stipulate that hiring recommendations are part of the legislator's job. But as DeLeo insists his godson got a promotion based on his own work -- and not the initial push he provided -- the speaker misses the broader point, framed perfectly by Gov. Deval Patrick:
“I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with people making recommendations, just because they work in this building,’’ the governor said. “The question is, is the public’s interest first?’’
Yes, the public interest. Something legislative leaders like House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Murphy seems to miss when he reduces the Probation Department scandal to a question of whether jobs were for sale.

It's only been about 10 days -- and a holiday-shortened period at that -- but legislative leaders seem woefully unprepared to deal with the fallout from the Ware Report that confirmed published reports about the Probation Department Jobs Program and the role key legislators played in creating and maintaining it.

Rather than constantly returning to the "it's natural" theme, you would hope some thought has been given to crafting a legislative response to the abuses that clearly have not been in the public interest.

And when you hold a publicly scheduled meeting with the governor, knowing full well the press corps will be waiting outside the door, don't you think some thought should have been given to how you will answer the explosive question -- other than saying your godson is a great worker?

Patrick certainly did. It's time for DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray to stop wishing this will blow over. It won't.

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Blogger Kathy said...

Totally agree. I'm so mad that they are not more outraged by all this. I sure am.

November 30, 2010 10:40 AM  

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