Dan Hunt, the establishment favorite in the campaign to replace Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in the State House, has received some support that might have convinced me to like him. I love Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, who attended his kickoff and is hosting a fundraiser for him.
But then he’s gotten some more questionable support as well. Donors include Chet Atkins, the former Congressman who the voters booted after he bounced checks on his special Congressional bank account; Tom Finneran, the archconservative DINO former Speaker of the MA House who pled guilty to felony obstruction of justice for lying about his role in disenfranching minority voters, and Steven Panagiotakis, a former State Senator singled out as one of the worst pushers of patronage in the probation hiring scandal. See: http://www.efs.cpf.state.ma.us/SearchReportResults.aspx?cpfId=15721
Hunt’s campaign is being managed by Wes Ritchie, who was Dianne Wilkerson’s Policy Director while she was taking bribes.
And now, Hunt has a fundraiser is being hosted by the brothers of ex-Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray (open the document posted on co-host Bob Spellane’s Facebook page).
For all I know, Dan Hunt’s a good person. Having one friends who’s has some legal trouble isn’t a big deal. But when his roster of supporters is a who’s who of ethically questionable politicians, it makes me at least question his judgment. From seeing all this, I’ve concluded Dan Hunt is not someone who should be in the legislature. As long as embracing all these people is a flaw in judgment and not in character, I think he does have a positive role to play in Massachusetts politics, and I hope to see him find it. But we need decision-makers with clear values and solid judgment, and Dan Hunt is missing one of those.
[ed. note: this post has been edited to remove unsupported claims.]