Is it just me or does someone else finally see the reason why Senate President Robert Travaglini chose to advance one Constitutional Convention ballot question and adjourn before fulfilling his Constitutional duty and voting on another one?
I am speaking about the ballot questions brought forth concerning Marriage Equality and Health Care.
On January 2, 2007, Senate President Robert Travaglini insisted the legislature vote to put a question on the 2008 ballot that, whether one agrees religiously with marriage equality or not, could take away rights of a minority population in the Commonwealth. He said that the SJC had stated that there needs to be a vote on the issues as it is the legislature’s duty to vote petitions brought forth by the people.
That same day, during the same Constitutional Convention, another ballot question was to be voted on that dealt with the Health Care Industry. Senate President Travaglini decided that the same litnus test that was applied to the Anti-marriage petition that forced his hand in calling for an up or down vote, does not apply to Health Care issues and he called for an adjournment of the Convention before a vote could be voted on for this issue.
On January 18, 2007, the Globe ran an article that stated “The political intrigue began brewing last week following the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s decision to fire its $500,000-a-year president and the forced resignation of the legally wounded former House speaker, Thomas M. Finneran, as the highly compensated president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. Much of the focus is on Travaglini, who was sworn in Jan. 3 to his third two-year term as the Senate leader. Both jobs involve highly complex industries and require the political skills to work the hallways of Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill to promote and protect the interests of their members. Both political and healthcare sources said yesterday that Travaglini would be a heavy favorite to replace Ronald M. Hollander at the hospital association.”
The article went on to speculate: “Of course there is a lot of talk, and it has piqued his interest,” said another source close to the Senate president. “Why wouldn’t he look at his options. He has to look at his future. . . . He’s not going to let anything go by without taking a hard look.” and “Those close to the East Boston Democrat say Travaglini, a cancer survivor who also underwent serious heart surgery in 2001 at age 48, is keenly aware that he needs to make more than his $90,000 salary as Senate president to provide for his family and pay the hefty college tuition bills he will soon face for his three children.”
To me, it all came together. Prior to this, I thought he was just kissing up to the former (Stepford) Governor.