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My. My. How the world turns.
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.
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.
… 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!
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