“Patronage will be replaced by professionalism,” Romney said. “Secrecy will be replaced by openness.”
The governor mentioned state Secretary of Transportation John Cogliano as a likely candidate to replace Amorello as the agency moves toward a new leadership model that includes a chief executive.
Cogliano, 42, is a Republican loyalist and a donor to GOP candidates who has moved up the ranks of government by impressing colleagues with his quiet competence. He was appointed deputy highway commissioner in 2000 by Amorello himself, and a year ago Romney named him secretary of transportation. He came to state government after working at the former Blue View Nurseries in Canton, run by his family.
“My best education was the family business,” he said in an interview with the Globe last year.
Now look, Cogliano may be a good egg and he may not be — but does he really represent “a new era of reform and accountability”? Does he represent a new era of anything?
Governor, please … just put down the hacks, and slowly back away.