Some headlines in today’s papers that are worth your perusal:
Reed Hillman, to be formally introduced today as Kerry Healey’s running mate, was the head of the State Police during a particularly unfortunate episode in which pregnant troopers were forced off the job for their supposed inability to – get this – rope a steer (I kid you not). Yeah, that’s a skill that often comes in handy patrolling Storrow Drive. Anyway, the troopers sued, and the Staties ended up shelling out $1 million in punitive damages over this incredibly stupid policy. Hillman maintained at the time that the policy was “fair and objective.” Awkward!
The pregnant trooper story is a bit of a bummer for Tom Reilly too – the Globe story reports that Reilly defended the policy when it was challenged in court. Of course, it’s Reilly’s job to defend state agencies when they’re sued – but the Attorney General, as the state’s top law enforcement officer, always has the option to refuse to defend laws or policies that he, in his independent judgment, considers to be indefensible. This obviously discriminatory policy strikes me as one that could easily have fit within that description.
Still-unopposed (can you believe it?) state Senate candidate Anthony Galluccio had yet another drunk driving incident, this one in 1997 (we’ve previously discussed his drunk driving arrest in 1984, for which he was later pardoned, and the recent incident that the police are still investigating). The Herald reports that he was involved in a crash, and was found at fault, but refused a Breathalyzer test at the scene. So his license was suspended for 120 days (the suspension was later extended for another 45 days after his case was continued without a finding). Galluccio is apparently refusing all comment on “anything in the past.”