Items that caught my eye in today’s papers.
- Suffolk County holidays hit the NY Times. The little dust-up over Bunker Hill Day and
St. Patrick’sEvacuation Day, first noted as-it-happened right here on BMG (never mind those Johnny-come-latelies over at the Globe!), has made national news. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I do think it’s funny that Sen. Jack Hart, who was not shy about voicing his opinion on the Senate floor and to the Herald, declined to speak to the NY Times. Since when does Hart get tongue-tied?
Sen. Tisei, the Republican who started this thing with a budget amendment, has now said he’ll file it as a standalone bill. My guess? Tisei’s bill will pass both chambers (he only needs to flip three votes in the Senate and one in the House, and I think he’ll pull it off given the attention this issue is getting), and the Gov has already said he’ll sign it. I suspect that no one is more surprised about that than Senator Tisei.
- Cahill’s gone wild! Tim Cahill has been every reporter’s best friend lately, handing out juicy party-bashing quotes like candy. For the Herald, he offered up some very peculiar equivalences:
“When you cook the books and take kickbacks for legislative decisions on software contracts or alcohol licenses – or you create faulty resumes and job descriptions to justify an outrageous salary – those all go to the core of the public questioning if anything is on the level here,” Cahill said.
Uh, what? Tim, are you seriously equating the federal crimes of which Sal DiMasi and Dianne Wilkerson are accused with offering Marian Walsh a job at HEFA? We had plenty to say about the HEFA thing, but come on now — that’s crazy talk. Also, asked by the Herald if he “would get a fair shake by the party,” he said,
“It doesn’t appear that way.”
Well, what’s your evidence for that? That you might not win the primary? That’s not being denied a fair shake — that’s losing an election. Or are you worried about not getting the 15% of delegates you need at the nominating convention to make the ballot? That, too, is not being denied a fair shake — that’s being out-hustled and out-organized. Quit yer whining and get to work.
I do like his quote to the Globe:
“I think back to Dianne Wilkerson and how dirty things felt for about a week, and then it kind of passed.”
What’d I miss?