Devalâs private sector experience is unique in the field of candidates: a corporate lawyer who has been brought in by large corporations when those companies have major problems to solve. He may not have founded the company, but he brings specific skills to the management of a company that has gotten off track (a good fit for our Commonwealthâs needs, in my opinion). His task is often to bring those companies back to earth; to ensure that basic values of equality and integrity are respected as part of the business culture.
I tried to interest the Globe in a letter to the editor that followed up on Mr. Patrick’s plan for addressing the CA/Tastrophe (“Correcting the Big Dig Culture,” July 19, 2006). As BMG readers surely know, Deval called for an independent special Inspector General, reform of the Turnpike Authority, and for greater public accountability in future decisions and discussions.
The point of my unpublished letter was the strong tradition linking Devalâs plan to the standards set by Harry S Truman when the Truman Committee exposed mismanagement and patronage among government contractors during WWII.
The subsequent Globe op-ed piece by Secretary Salvucci (“Reconstructing a Tragedy,” July 21, 2006) reminds us that the push for privatization and the gutting of professional staff during fifteen years of Republican oversight of state agencies has left us with little ability to protect public funds and public safety on state construction projects.
Feel free to add your own examples of sound fiscal management by Democrats (wasnât there a guy named Bill Clinton who left us with a surplus down in D.C. a few years back?).
Massachusetts needs a Harry Truman Democrat, with an understanding of government as well as the private sector, as well as an innate instinct for competence and a willingness to confront the Beacon Hill culture. Deval Patrick should be our next Governor.