DiMasi talks to the Globe.
Outraged Liberal: In the end, Sal DiMasi is doing the right thing ...
... But he is being less than honest in blaming his downfall on "powerful special interests" in the casino industry. ...
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DiMasi can point to some tamgible, positive accomplishments during his tenure as Speaker.
But is there any talk that he stepped down as a de facto plea bargain, i.e., resign or be indicted? Or does he still genuinely face the possibility of indictment?
God, the position of Mass. House Speaker is on the verge of becoming a national joke.
Right up there with Mass. Senate President.
Dan Kennedy explains why he already misses DiMasi.
Kennedy makes some good points on the impact of DiMasi's departure on policy agendas.
I know I'm sounding like echoes of the Chang-Diaz campaign vs. Wilkerson, but is it too much to ask for both progressive policy positions and ethical leadership?
Dan Dunn writes:
... Now all eyes turn to the Democratic caucus. Which ethically-challenged candidate, Rogers or DeLeo, will succeed DiMasi? I can’t say that I care. Let’s hope a third, clean candidate appears.
He's not even Mistah Speakah yet and Adam Reilly is already able to catch him in his own contradictions.
The Vitale stories never came up until Sal stood up against the casino lobbies. Had Sal caved early, they probably never would have come up, or at least not for years. So, yeah, Sal could have run a cleaner ship, but his argument is correct.
If DeLeo pushes slots through, the corruption that comes to this state via the universally-corrupt casino lobby will make the few, mostly media-driven scandals committed by Sal look like a teenager missing curfew on prom night next to Halliburton.
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