As a follow-up to the helpful post about the primaries in the Governor’s Council races, I wanted to draw attention to the primary in the race for Clerk for Criminal Business in the Suffolk County Superior Court. The two candidates are Maura Hennigan, the incumbent, a former city councilor who won the job as a sinecure after being defeated in the 2005 mayoral election, and Bobby Dello Russo, who was an assistant clerk for several years.
I was struck by what seems to me to be a real imbalance in endorsements. Dello Russo is endorsed by several retired superior court judges, including Judge Hinkle and Judge Zobel; by the clerk for civil business, Michael Donovan, by Sheriff Cabral, and by the clerk of the SJC for Suffolk Couty, Maura Doyle. In the material I’ve received in the mail, Hennigan was endorsed by a Chelsea city counselor and, if I’m remembering right, a volunteer in the health care field. To me, this suggests that the people who actually know how the clerk’s office works don’t think much of Hennigan. This isn’t surprising, considering that her attendance at the courthouse is spotty, she is under investigation for campaign law violations involving misuse of public employees, and her office mistakenly released a man accused of murder. I am sure Hennigan has good qualities, but she strikes me as among the hackiest of the hacks. I am going to vote for Dello Russo.
(In the long run, I think that the office of clerk of courts should be professionalized and should not be elected, but that’s for another day!)