sco has a must-read post (as are all of his posts) in support of Sen. Marian Walsh’s (D-West Roxbury) proposal of an independent expert review board with subpoena power for the Big Dig, modeled on the Ward Commission, an expert panel which said, “We have learned that corruption is a way of life in Massachusetts.”
The Ward Commission caused reforms in the way public contracts were made and fulfilled in the Commonwealth. But perhaps not enough:
“I think it would be a tremendous idea for an independent body to go back and review the history of the Big Dig and really tell the story of what happened here,” says current Inspector General Gregory Sullivan. “A lot of facts would come out that would really amaze people.”
“The system failed here,” says former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger, who also supports the idea. “I think we do need to have some kind of independent review of how we got here and why we got here.”
Look, regardless of what you think of AG and Gov. candidate Tom Reilly, or of Romney’s former Admin. and Finance Secretary Eric Kriss, who has been tapped to head the Governor’s investigation, their investigations are compromised by other commitments. Reilly has taken donations from Big Dig contractors in the past (has he returned all of them?), and is, after all, running for Governor; Kriss is circling in the Romney ’08 orbit. Are these the most impartial, qualified people to do the job? Is this really sufficient? No way.
Sen. Walsh has proposed the most independent and most qualified investigative team of any of those contemplated. As the legislature is a center of the Big Dig culture, it has obvious incentives to resist the proposal as strongly as it can. They won’t vote for it unless they absolutely have to.
And that means they need to hear from you. (617) 722-2000. Support Sen. Walsh’s Emergency Investigative Review Board proposal.