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July 18, 2012

Does Kevin Murphy Have The Last Laugh?

by at 11:47 am.

My. My. How the world turns.

Shame on me for jumping to conclusions:

It’s pretty sad when our delegation plays shadow boxing, in front of the home town crowd, with the Patrick Administration and, then, when Patrick actually throws a punch, they bitch up and run to the Blog of Record.

Grow up, Lowell. Pangy was our last great hope. He bailed. Maybe, just maybe, Tom Golden might make the moves needed to make a difference for us. Sen. Donoghue is in her first term. Frankly, I see her as a better fit for the US Congress, than MA Senate. So, I wouldn’t put too much stock in her on Beacon Hill.

Gov. Patrick just stepped over a shadow boxer, laying on the canvas. That’s how we roll in Lowell. No?

Now we have “the rest of the story” coming out of the Blog of Record.

Overrides save funding for Lowell

BOSTON — The House on Tuesday overrode three more of Gov. Deval Patrick’s vetoes in the fiscal 2013 state budget, including $450,000 in recreation funding for Lowell.

And this!

House Speaker Robert DeLeo denied this week he is the target of any federal probes in connection with a patronage scandal within the state’s Probation Department.

DeLeo’s comments came in the wake of a Boston Globe report that federal investigators are focusing on allegations that votes for DeLeo’s speakership campaign were rewarded with jobs or promotions within the Probation department.

If Dempsey were to become speaker, it could be a boon for Greater Lowell lawmakers who were largely subjected to the House’s back bench when DeLeo was named speaker.

Lowell representatives, in particular, lost some of the clout they enjoyed under former Speaker Sal DiMasi when they backed Rep. John Rogers, D-Norwood, over DeLeo for Speaker in 2009.

But Reps. Tom Golden, Kevin Murphy and David Nangle have a good relationship with Dempsey and would likely back him should he aim to become speaker one day.

There is a logic gap, in that the delegation are claimed to be on the “back bench,” but then we can see that they just managed to get some earmarks pulled out of the dumpster. Do they have juice or not?

You’ll hurt yourself trying to second guess what the hell goes on in the House. It is as crooked as a dog’s leg over there.

JC had it pegged.

… Come on fellas! You’ve shown us that you know how to play this game. It’s why we elected you…to do what we are unwilling to do. So please, wink, nod, hold your collective noses and get the job done. We know you can do it!

11 Responses to “Does Kevin Murphy Have The Last Laugh?”

  1. joe from Lowell Says:

    Oh, fer chrissakes, another Speaker of the House in trouble?

    Do we have any nuns in the delegation?

  2. Prince Charming Says:

    not with Dempsey you don’t . Brian Dempsey - December 12, 2003. http://bostonherald.com/news/columnists/view.bg?&articleid=1312983&format=&page=1&listingType=col#articleFull

  3. Jack Says:

    Blech. Howie Carr is a fucking asshole.

  4. Prince Charming Says:

    true dat but another lawbreaker in the top spot?

  5. Jack Says:

    America has a strange fetish for “bad boys.” I wonder if there is anyone with a shot, that is a shiney snowflake.

    There’s Brad Jones, but he’s a GOPer. ;v)

  6. Prince Charming Says:

    I don’t think there are too many shiny snowflakes in Boston but … is it too much to ask for someone who hasn’t been arrested?

  7. Jack Says:

    If I understand our justice system, arrested is okay. If “convicted,” then there is cause for pause, you’d think.

    I’m not sure where Dempsey landed.

    Plus, I think many pols get breaks. Even if the cops haul them in, they often get “slither rights.” Meaning, if you “slither” away, we won’t prosecute you.

  8. JC Says:

    Under the terms of the unofficial but nationally recognized “snail rule” a trail of slime is allowed of all slithering creatures so long as mucus viscosity meets local/state/federal guidelines. Generally there is no problem, but on occasion, as when several trails of slime converge, the resulting tower of detritus attracts public attention.

    God speed our slithery brethren! May their slimy trails remain unobtrusive.

  9. Prince Charming Says:

    Dempsey Pleads No Contest to Drunk Driving: The Haverhill representative got a year’s probation and lost his license for 45 days after submitting to facts in a Jan. 12 incident. Another motorist saw his car weaving in the early morning hours on I-93 near North Andover. (Source: State House News Service, Weekly Roundup, Week of Dec. 22, 2003)

  10. joe from Lowell Says:

    Why is it always the House Speaker, anyway? I can’t remember the last time a Senate President got in legal trouble.

    Is it like the Amityville Horror? An ordinary guy goes into the House, and the next thing you know he’s growing a beard, obsessively chopping wood, and perjuring himself?

    I’m telling you: we need a nun.

  11. Lynne Says:

    There is something inherent in the powers the Speaker wields in regards to offices, committee assignments, and chairmanships, and how they are able to rise up those ranks (play the game, get to be prominent in your chairmanships, be able to wrangle votes yourself some day). Like something about the dictatorial nature of the Speaker position IMHO that invites this crap.

    I too in the past have observed that we have a trail of unethical speakers, but no Senate Presidents.

    BTW, if there is indeed fire for this smoke, I could have told you when DeLeo got elected that he was one of “those” kind of speakers. He had some…er…questions surrounding him before he got elected. The funny thing is, as far as I remember, the *other* guy, Rogers (?) had an even worse ethical smell…and HE was the guy OUR delegation was backing that got them put in the basement offices, so to speak!!!

    “If elected, I will serve. If I serve, then I am convicted…”

    Oy. No wonder we get such a bad impression of our politics.

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