The Globe has two stories today on the MA house:
First, Frank Phillips reports that sharks are circling in advance of DiMasi’s possible departure, and the clearest heir apparent, John Rogers (D-Norwood) has upset DiMasi with his campaigning. The other potential candidates mentioned are Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), allegedly DiMasi’s favorite, and Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy). Do the progressives have a dog in this fight? (Also, isn’t it somewhat amusing that the Globe headline writer calls the Majority Leader of the MA House an “aide”?)
Secondly, Adrian Walker complains that DiMasi is forestalling any substantive discussion of the casino plan, though Walker is skeptical of the plan itself. He doesn’t mention any possibility of DiMasi moving on, but he says “Patrick and DiMasi have been locked in a fascinating, but unproductive, dance for the past year. The governor proposes; the speaker says no. Patrick floats ideas, which then proceed to die in the House.”
Anybody have more of an inside perspective on this? As an Edwards guy, I’m a little disappointed with last night’s results and could use a distraction.