UPDATE: See Doug Rubin’s comment below.
[S]tate Senator Marian Walsh announced today she will not accept a $120,000-a-year position at a state authority, saying the public outrage over her appointment has created a “tsunami” that has forced her to change her mind….
Patrick said he was “relieved” at Walsh decision because of the public anger that had been aimed at Walsh.
“We’ve been hammered,” he said. But he also said he regrets that Walsh will not take the job as the agency’s assistant director because she would have been a “change agent” at the agency.
“I wish we had handled it different,” said Patrick, who put his arm around Walsh at one point to demonstrate his support for her. “It’s been very painful.”
It certainly has. And here’s a passage that leaves me with a sense of foreboding:
She denied that Patrick, who has been politically damaged by controversy, or his aides, had prevailed upon her to step aside from taking the position at The Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority.
Cue Frank Phillips’ next public records request … now!