Matt Viser picks up on the story Casey alluded to yesterday (hooray for the two-paper town!), about Rep. Jennifer Callahan being threatened by an unnamed supporter of Bob DeLeo's now-public candidacy for Speaker. It must have been pretty nasty stuff:
As state Representative Jennifer M. Callahan listened to a budget debate on the House floor on Thursday, a fellow Democrat approached her and told her he was upset about comments she had previously made about his role in the possible succession of Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi.
Then, she said, he threatened her, saying: “I want you to know that I'm not only aware of what was said, but I've been in this building a long time and I know a lot of people, and that if I want to I could make your life really difficult. I could really hurt you if I wanted to.”
… “The words used were very unnerving, made me uncomfortable, and I couldn't sleep that night,” she said.
You know, it's funny: Rep. Callahan could make the unnamed rep's life very difficult indeed, just by naming him. Bluff — called.
Rep. DeLeo's spokesman uses some funny circular logic in distancing his boss from such tactics, to wit: Why would we do that? That would make us look bad! Well, only if someone found out about it, right?
“If Chairman DeLeo is interested in becoming speaker, why would he ever condone such tactics?” Eisenberg said. “Any suggestion that Chairman DeLeo would have condoned such tactics doesn't make any sense. He is certainly interested in becoming speaker, but it doesn't quite add up.”
My emphasis — well, now it can be told.
PS: Good to see much of the Globe State House staff working this story; kudos to them.