It is so good to read a fact based analysis that gives us –pardon me — hope that Speaker DeLeo has a leadership team that can help him begin to rebuild the public's confidence in our Legislature as a body that can and will consider and debate important policy questions based on facts and values.
DeLeo, in an interview with the Phoenix after announcing the new assignments, says that he was not specifically looking for young chairs — just people with knowledge on the issues, who were willing to work hard. Tne observer suggests this is the “Flaherty model,” referring to former Speaker Charlie Flaherty: “Find the people who are serious and smart, put them in positions of power, and give them enough room to either rise or fall.”
Check out David Bernstein's piece in the Phoenix and tell me what you think.
cross posted at ONE Massachusetts