(… And while we endure a national suicide attempt at the hands of our GOP captors … )
Bryon Hefner’s alleged predatory violence against those who have business with the Senate, is sickening.
Hefner knew/believed he could get away with assaulting people because of his supposed pull with his husband, Stan Rosenberg. We don’t know whether Rosenberg’s been an enabler, or to what extent. We don’t know yet how fair it is to have Rosenberg pay for his husband’s sexual violence.
The Globe’s editorial this morning puts these events in the context that Rosenberg had promised a “firewall” between his business and that of Hefner’s. That was always hard to believe; and now it has blown up in everyone’s faces: This is not the first strike on Rosenberg’s judgment vis-a-vis his husband. Power is a matter of perception; and whether Hefner’s actual political pull with Rosenberg was real or not, it was perceived by Hefner’s victims as being potentially real. And so they had to take the abuse, on behalf of their clients. That’s how this stuff works.
I am a fan of Rosenberg’s leadership. The Senate has been doing, on balance, quite good work lately. But he must not be made indispensable at the cost of a safe workplace in the State House. Reluctantly, I have to agree that he should step aside, at least temporarily, while we find the answers to these questions: What he knew and when; and what he should have known.