Never fear, folks — bad old Matt Amorello is gone (any sandblasted hard drives this time?), and all-around good guy, family guy, former nursery owner with puppy-dog eyes
Atticus Finch John Cogliano is now head of the Turnpike Authority. Now we can heave a sigh of relief — no, he doesn’t have a lick of engineering experience, but he is said to be Very Nice. And Very Loyal to folks in high places, like Gov. Cellucci once upon a time. And hey, he kept track of snowplows with GPS! Give that man a doughnut.
So who’s this gloomy Gus?
Although Romney has touted the change at the Turnpike as a needed reform, some observers are more circumspect. They say the change is more about Romney gaining political control over an independent state authority.
“It’s patronage roulette and now the ball has dropped into the Romney slot. That’s the way it’s always been,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a political analyst and communications professor at Boston University. “Romney’s political future depends on this appointee being a pro.”
A pro … wait, you mean like an engineer? Or someone with major project management experience, to run one of the most dizzyingly complex civil engineering projects in the country?
Look, Perfesser Smirk-o-witz, this is Massachusetts — we don’t have any engineers here! So silly. Now run along back to your smarty-pants Ivory Tower.
An engineer. Now that’s rich. We can’t have them running things — not when there are so many important things to do.
Waiting for leadership in this state is like waiting for the owl-service bus in 20-below weather — sober.