Over at AllAfrica.com, columnist Kunle Somorin reveals shocking new details about the origins of Blue Mass Group. These amazing revelations have not been previously published!
I hope that Halims Agoda and Farouk Lawan may not find themselves in the same boat as David Kravitz. Kravitz was a co-founder (with DiMasi) of Blue Mass Group, a left-wing blog that threw up the phenomenon known as DiMasi.
He had said DiMasi’s “legacy is a mixed bag. He’s got some really impressive achievements in the policy area that he should be proud of, and I think he is. But it’s too bad that he ends up leaving under a cloud, and under the pressure of not being able to withstand what appears to be a bunch of ethical problems coming home to roost.” Blue Mass Group was like the Integrity Group (IG).
So, apparently, Sal DiMasi co-founded BMG (for the record: he didn’t), whereupon BMG “threw up the phenomenon known as DiMasi.” I’m not sure what that means, actually.
Nor am I sufficiently conversant with Nigerian politics to be able to assess the commonalities of the situations involving Sal DiMasi, Halims Agoda, Farouk Lawan, and myself, or the extent to which BMG resembles the “Integrity Group,” whatever that is.
Of course, we are delighted that BMG Media Empire’s tentacles now extend into Africa. We’re also amused at the extent to which the internet resembles the children’s game of “Telephone,” in which information, relayed through enough intermediaries, eventually looks awfully different from the way it started out.
In other BMG-related news, David Bernstein over at the Phoenix today picked up on a photo of Charlie Baker and Bill “lawn sign” Hudak that we first noticed a week ago. The photo, which shows Baker appearing at a Hudak fundraiser at the North Shore Music Theatre, was obtained by BMG from Hudak’s Facebook page. Bernstein does fine work in getting some hilarious quotes out of Team Baker regarding Baker’s
endorsement of appearance with Hudak.
Asked whether Baker personally considers Hudak’s questioning of Obama’s citizenship, or comparing Obama to bin Laden, offensive, Gorka replied: “They’re not things Charlie agrees with.” Pressed again, Gorka termed those things “outrageous,” but would not accept the characterization of “offensive.” …
Gorka insists that Baker’s on-stage appearance did not suggest an endorsement of, or support for, Hudak. But Wicked Local Topsfield, for one, came away with a different impression; a photo caption accompanying their story about the event included the line: “Also on hand to support Hudak’s candidacy for the 6th district seat were Charlie Baker….” And, while Hudak is clear that Baker has not endorsed him, he did suggest, at the least, a camaraderie between the campaigns, when I asked him about Baker’s appearance. “We’re all in this working together,” Hudak says.
Baker continues to try to walk a very fine line between being a socially liberal, fiscally conservative New England Republican, and courting the fringe of his party represented by Hudak’s extremism. As the November races heat up, it’s going to be harder and harder for him to get away with that.