Well, you probably knew the other shoe was going to drop: The Globe’s Yvonne Abraham has found out that Bryon Hefner had access to former Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s emails — at the behest of the Rosenberg himself:
According to a person with direct knowledge of the workings of Rosenberg’s office, the Senate president himself directed that Hefner be given the ability to access his Senate e-mail account, his contacts, and his calendar. A second person said Hefner was open about that access.
“He would boast about it, to show his power and influence over the operations of the Senate, and more importantly, over the Senate president,” said this person, who works on Beacon Hill. Like others quoted in this story, he requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals from Rosenberg or his allies in the Senate.
This was, of course, after the 2014 assurances by Rosenberg that there was a “firewall” between his work and Hefner, who was boasting of his influence. As it turned out, most of that influence seems to have been over a few earmarks, and the freedom to grope male lobbyists with impunity. In terms of legislation, Hefner wasn’t able to turn his supposed influence into much for himself. He was not aiming high.
Roseberg’s mistakes of (character) judgment back in 2014 were pretty bad. But this goes well beyond that, a brazen defiance of his own promises, and of common ethical sense. Even without the allegations of sexual assault vs. Hefner, granting access to email to anyone — any family member, much less a lobbyist — ought to be absolutely out of the question. What was in it for Rosenberg? Was he besotted for Hefner, so unwilling to lose the relationship, that he let Hefner run wild? I can’t figure it.
I don’t see how Rosenberg gets out of resigning, post-haste. Up until the assault scandal breaking, I’d been impressed of the Senate’s work this session — being considerably more progressive and creative than Bob DeLeo’s House. Rosenberg had a large reserve of good will; this has to have bankrupted that.