To my fellow BMGers:
Recently, right here on Blue Mass Group, Representative Harkins took time out of her busy schedule to charge that her critics have misled people about her record. Well, since we are on the topic, I would like to point out what Representative Harkins’ record really is.
1. In May of 2008, when evidence was increasingly starting to surface against Speaker DiMasi, Representative Harkins defended the Speaker. At a press conference held by the Speaker, Representative Harkins spoke of the allegations as: “Its a distraction and the speaker doesn’t like it.”
ON THE RECORD: All of this, including the direct quote just mentioned is in a Boston Globe by Matt Visor and Andrea Estes from May 2nd, 2008 entitled “Backers Rally to DiMasi Defense; Deny Speaker Broke Ethics Laws.”
2. Now if Representative Harkins didn’t know then about what Speaker DiMasi and Speaker Finneran and Speaker Flaherty did as corrupt politicians, but Representative Harkins knows now, why does the Representative continue to accept campaign contributions from corrupt speakers? As recently as 2009, actually.
ON THE RECORD: the 2002-2009 OCPF reports that are easily searchable for anyone with a computer and internet access.
And what is worse: Representative Harkins never gave the money back.
This means that the literature the Representative passes out to voters and the signs the Representative has volunteers hold on street corners are in part paid for by corrupt politicians.
Don’t tell me that pointing out corruption in Representative Harkins’ campaign is just a distraction. We need to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions from day one. And to my fellow BMGers, when Representative Harkins claims to be a reformer who has fought for accountability and transparency in government, does this all sound like reform to any of you?
Representative Harkins, when you stand for corrupt speakers and proclaim yourself progressive you harm everything progressives actually stand for.