Friday, September 17, 2010

king of patronage’’ in Western Mass has to testify

From the Globe:

The state’s high court yesterday rejected a bid by state Representative Thomas M. Petrolati to avoid answering questions about his efforts to place friends, relatives, and political supporters in state probation jobs.

Just two days after hearing arguments, the Supreme Judicial Court denied Petrolati’s effort to block a subpoena from the independent counsel investigating allegedly corrupt hiring practices within the agency, ruling that his testimony is “plainly within the scope of the administrative inquiry ordered by this court.’’

Petrolati, the third-ranking member of the House of Representatives, must now appear before the independent counsel, Paul Ware, who said he will seek to schedule his testimony within three weeks. Petrolati must either answer Ware’s questions under oath or refuse by asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Petrolati’s wife, a former aide, the husband of a current aide, and more than 90 of his financial backers were hired or promoted while O’Brien headed the agency. Petrolati has refused requests for interviews, but in written responses denied having undue influence over the agency and said he recommends only people who are qualified.

Reason number 3 to vote out all who support this way of life on Beacon Hill.


At September 17, 2010 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Frank S. said...

One more that should be kicked out on his butt. It is the year for the new faces to take over on Beacon Hill, and story like this are the reason it will happen, if people read and pay attention.

At September 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM , Blogger concerned voter said...

Stick to the local stuff. I really don't care about some guy in Western Mass. I care about the guys in Framingham who are selling us down the river with this SMOC thing. What is happening with that anyway? Is the Town quietly pursuing the legal case, or are we actually working on settling it? And why is it that we don't know the answer to those questions as residents of the town, the ones who will have to pay the bill for the mistakes made by our elected officials.


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