Recent news stories detailing allegations concerning the trading of probation
department jobs for political consideration are the latest in the sordid, recent
history of Massachusetts House of representatives.
The problems on Beacon Hill are many and the challenges confronting us are formidable, but working together we can overcome them.
The first step in dealing with the many difficult issues we face is ending the culture of corruption on Beacon Hill. The culture of corruption infects all parts of state government and its effects are devastating to us all. It effects how much money the state has to spend to help the neediest of our neighbors and to help our towns serve the people. From the housing department in Chelsea to the education collaborative for special needs students in Merrimack Valley, people are hurt by the culture of corruption.
For too long, our elected representatives have turned their backs on public corruption and looked the other way while their colleagues betrayed the public trust. Even after details of the allegations against Sal DiMasi were made public, our elected representatives, including Tom Sannicandro, re-elected him Speaker only to see him resign in disgrace a few weeks later.
The last three house speakers -- convicted felons all -- were welcomed back to the House Chamber with open arms when the current legislature was sworn in. The felons were applauded and honored by those who supposedly represent us. Instead of speaking out against the corruption, our elected representatives go along and stay silent.
This lack of character and failure of leadership tell the corrupt that it’s okay to betray the people and it tells the rest of us that our Representatives do not care what we think.
We must return confidence in state government to the people of Massachusetts. We must tell the people who have failed us to get out of the way and let people who will fight for us take up the battle.
Come Election Day, Nov. 6, we have to turn out those who have enabled the corrupt and betrayed the public. We have to elect new people to the legislature. We have to elect people who won’t stand by while those in charge steal and squander the precious resources of our Commonwealth. We must elect new people who will confront and fight those who betray the public trust.
candidate for 7th Midlesex District Representative seat