Vennochi’s complaint is that the progressive bloc of the Democratic Party is apparently willing to let Speaker DiMasi get away with anything, so long as he’s pushing our agenda. While I’ve been very supportive of him, I don’t find Vennochi’s thesis to be true. If she read a few more comments on BMG, she’d notice that there’s a lot of angst among some progressives because DiMasi isn’t progressive enough, just ask Mike.
In any event, even if we all thought his issues were fantastic and were all loudly cheering the Speaker on, that doesn’t mean we’re all suddenly looking the other way (or even some of us). Simply put: what has the Speaker been charged with? What jury has convicted him? It’s never been a policy of mine to convict people in the court of public opinion. As far as I’m concerned, DiMasi is King ‘o the Hill, Big Beacon Style, until a jury of his fellow citizens convicts him in an actual court – not a Boston Globe column.
As for this Joan Vennochi claim?
Should liberals close their eyes to problematic behavior, just as they are doing with another liberal, state Senator James Marzilli? The Arlington legislator has been charged with accosting several women, but refuses to resign even though he has not returned to work since his arrest and has said he will not return.
Bogus. I don’t know a single BMG commenter or progressive activist who doesn’t think Marzilli should step down, including his staunchest allies. Plenty of people have said he should get the help that he needs, none have said he should stay on.
More importantly, isn’t this all moot? What relevance does it really have to the Speaker? Marzilli’s not even in DiMasi’s House, literally and figuratively. Allegedly helping friends is a very different thing than allegedly accosting three different women, with various eye witnesses and a State Senator who doesn’t deny the fact that he did what was said. No one knows what DiMasi did or did not do; I’m sure there’s plenty of people checking that out, but in the meantime, the Speaker has my full support. Plus, one way or the other, Marzilli’s going and gone – so, again, what is there to complain about? There’s an election around the corner that will solve the Marzilli problem. I appreciate Ms. Vennochi’s free press and ego booster, but she’s got her latest column all wrong. No offense.
Crossposted at Ryan’s Take.