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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Singing speaker

Who knew Sal DiMasi was a singer?

But reports suggest the disgraced former speaker is Bay State-bound, supposedly en route to a federal grand jury in Worcester that is taking testimony in the Probation Department scandal that centers around John O'Brien.

Neither DiMasi nor his successor, Robert DeLeo, are strangers to the concept of patronage, which O'Brien did better than probation by some accounts. DiMasi testimony could place DeLeo, former Treasurer Tim Cahill and former House leader Thomas Petrolati in what George Bush 41 so elegantly called deep doo-doo.

By all accounts, DiMasi and his family have been bereft since his conviction and imprisonment in Kentucky. A better placement and perhaps time off for cooperation could be in the offing in exchange for testimony, although DiMasi and his family would no doubt become persona non grata.

All speculation to be sure, but the pace of activity around the Legislature has been even slower than normal, suggesting a preoccupation with things other than state business.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Dem indictment, say it ain't so.

February 07, 2012 5:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only because there aren't enough Republicans in state government to commit a crime worthy of indictment. Whose fault is that, the string of Republican governors never interested in the nitty gritty of party building?

February 07, 2012 10:50 AM  

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