Still not going away. Today’s Herald has a story proclaiming that Tom Reilly accepted campaign contributions from employees of a Beacon Hill lobbying firm, one of whose clients is Ameriquest.
Color me not shocked. It seems highly unlikely to me that Ameriquest is the only client of this lobbying firm, and the article makes clear that this particular firm is generous and non-partisan with its campaign contributions, spreading them among Democrats (including Trav and DiMasi) and Republicans (including Kerry Healey) alike. Not much to see here.
But there is one nugget in the article that suggests to me that Deval Patrick still doesn’t appreciate that the Ameriquest story could become an albatross around his neck if he doesn’t aggressively seek to turn it to his advantage:
Patrick has not revealed whether he is compensated for serving on the board of the parent company, ACC Holdings, and a campaign spokesman did not return a call.
Oof. Bad strategy. Shouldn’t withhold information like that – it will all come out eventually anyway, and probably at the worst possible time. And what is it, exactly, that campaign spokespeople are doing all day if they’re not returning calls from the second-largest newspaper in Massachusetts?
Come on, Deval. Right now, the story is “Patrick serves on board of company that cheated poor people and that is run by bazillionaire Bush backer; won’t reveal how much he’s paid for his service or exactly what he’s doing there.” Not a very good story, especially when you add the sub-headline that reads “Reilly brings company to its knees, recovers millions for cheated Mass. homeowners.” But you can take ownership of this story, and use it to demonstrate how you showed a bad company the error of its ways, and how people who want to buy a home but can’t get a traditional mortgage are actually going to be better off as a result. That’s a good story.