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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, June 17, 2011

No tears for Sal

The Globe's Michael Levenson has a well-written look at the life and legacy of convicted former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, tracking his career back to his days as an altar boy, athlete at Christopher Columbus High and part-time bartender to pay for law school.

It's been fashionable in some progressive quarters to give DiMasi a pass because of his strong support for gay rights and his pivotal roles in bringing about health care reform and slowing the casino gambling train.

Important legislative accomplishments to be sure. But as we now know, brought about at the same time he was wheeling and dealing his way to a lifestyle he could not honestly support.

Let's never forget the damage he has done to the political process far outweighs whatever legislative accomplishments he may have brokered.

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