I didn’t think that it was ever appropriate for the press or others to take shots at me through members of my family, but it seems that the rules of the game have changed. Today’s Globe story about my sister was filled with misleading and inaccurate information. In short, she has worked for the House of Representatives with an unblemished record since 2003. She has been a leader in the state Democratic party for many years. She has never needed to call on me for help in getting a job or keeping a job. She is, on her own accord, an intelligent, motivated and competent woman who was unfairly characterized by a legislator with whom she had a personal falling out last year. I don’t want to get into the details here, but I do want to say that my sister has a strong work ethic and, since she left that legislator’s office, has repeatedly and in writing asked for a prompt re-assignment. The Globe story was unfair and inaccurate and clearly designed to take a shot at me through her. That story was disgraceful.
Now, as to me –
I’m prepared to take all the shots thrown my way by those who desire to make me the issue, as opposed to transportation reform or renewal. I believe passionately in transportation reform and renewal – I believe passionately that we cannot let the MBTA fail, that we cannot bankrupt the people using the Turnpike system, that we have to keep faith with the taxpayers by implementing meaningful reforms – and that we also need to keep faith with our customers, the people who use our roads, bridges, the T and the turnpike. Sometimes my passion for this leads me to verbal excess – but as I have said, I have meant no disrespect to anyone, and I know that only through consensus and collaboration can we get ourselves out of the mess we have inherited.
And yes, this is a mess we have inherited. Since 1991, we experienced year after year of ignoring the problem, or sweeping it under the rug with one-time gimmicks (swaptions). Now we have an Administration that has the courage to act and to tell people the truth, and I am grateful to be a part of that effort. As I have said, the times require leadership, the people demand leadership, and we are providing leadership. Our bill contains strong reforms and represents the greenest, most forward-looking vision of transportation policy we have seen in a long, long time. It is a solid and good and principled approach to reform and renewal. It is generationally responsible. And I am proud to be associated with it.
If we can tune out the personal attacks, which attempt to distract us from the substance, and if we can see clearly the opportunity before us, I believe that we can get something important and historic done. I am working hard every day to make that happen, and I hope that some of the people reading this will make their voices heard in support of that effort.
P.S. For those who asked: I never blog, except on bluemass, and i created “eguy” as a user name to reflect my east boston roots.