“At no time did Speaker DeLeo communicate with Sal DiMasi, James Holzman, Richard Vitale, Reps. Rodrigues or Petrolati on the ticket broker bill,” says Seth Gitell, spokesman for Speaker DeLeo.
Only a few months into office, and DeLeo’s Gitell is scrambling to keep his boss from following in the footsteps of his three immediate predessors, all of whom were indicted.
Today’s Globe has the story. Looks like prosecutors in the DiMasi case believe Rep. Tommy Petrolati was deeply involved in an illegal scheme to dodge the state’s lobbying rules and help a deep-pockets donor.
My belief is that the Speaker is clean. But what will he do with this mess? Meanwhile, will Petro be indicted? Will DiMasi turn on his former lieutenant to reduce his own legal exposure? Will the people of Ludlow ever tire of Petro? Will the Speaker drop Petro from his high leadership post? Or is he a legislative champion who is just misunderstood? BMGers: what say you?