You know, I like Vennochi, but this is a silly argument:
Springing thousands of drug dealers from prison because of tainted evidence at a poorly-run state lab is bad enough.
But now, a lack of oversight by the same Massachusetts agency responsible for the drug lab may have also contributed to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that killed at least a dozen people around the country.
And where is Governor Deval Patrick on this?
When he’s not prepping for Sunday talk shows, he’s blaming “a rogue chemist” for 10 years of tainted evidence. When he’s not traveling, he’s accusing the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak of “misleading regulators and operating outside its license.”
Does anyone really think that crime lab supervision reaches the governor’s desk — except in cases of crisis like this one?
Does anyone think that pharma regulation gets to the governor’s desk — except in cases of crisis like this one? And since these drugs are shipped around the country, aren’t they/shouldn’t they be regulated by the feds as well?
The buck stops at the top, that is true. Patrick’s got work to do at home to rectify these situations. That he should have forseen these things, that tighter management from him personally would have prevented them, or that they’re somehow a predictable result of his out-of-state work for Obama, is a very very tenuous argument.
Bottom line is the same: Gov’s got to make it right — with the help of the legislature.