Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei’s increasing jabs at the Patrick administration have folks in his district wondering what he has to offer other than brickbats to solve the current economic crisis. Rich is long on criticism and short on helping his own District weather the storm. Just ask Mayor Dolan and leaders in Melrose!
The News Service reported that Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray hit GOP apologist Tisei where it hurts: in his district. Murray pointed out correctly: “Considering he has been a fixture in the building since 1984, it’s clear from listening to the mayor of Melrose or to the municipal officials in his Senate district that the minority leader should spend a little more time tending to the needs of his district.” Tim hit the truth on that!
Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan has been boiling over at the State House and on the evening news at the Legislature the last few days for not supplying municipalities with the tax options Dolan and the Patrick administration say local officials need to balance budgets. In Melrose, Tim Murray said he wondered whether Tisei would take an unpaid furlough, as Gov. Deval Patrick, Murray, and other higher-paid administration officials intend to do.
Good idea, Tim. Maybe it’s time for Richard Tisei to take a long furlough…and for Melrose to elect a more responsive and productive State Senator. And perhaps Tisei could have company on that extended vacation…The legislature is abandoning municipalities…cutting the local aid without giving cities and towns what they need, what they are begging for to help them make it through. It may be time for many furloughs.