Guy Glodis is running for State Auditor as a self-described reformer, committed to transparency in government, and determined to make sure that every tax dollar is spent appropriately. We know all about Guy’s crude, rude, and boorish behavior from last week’s David Bernstein article in the Boston Phoenix, but what about the ethics of this purported reformer? Are there any blemishes in Guy’s past? Any clues from his background as to what kind of Auditor he would be? I’ve scrounged around and come up with my top ten list of Guy’s ethical issues. Feel free to add your own.
1. According to a report from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, dated February 9, 2009, Glodis had three “serious breaches of the campaign finance law.” One of those breaches was his deposit of six campaign contributions into his personal bank account. Guy can’t figure out the difference between his campaign account and his personal account?
2. Another rebuke from the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, dated, February 16, 2010, revealed that Glodis had been caught using Sheriff’s Office funds to pay for a political mailing. Isn’t that the kind of illegal activity that our Auditor is supposed to expose, not engage in?
3. What about the time that Glodis went to Corporation Beach in Dennis, and tried to get out of paying a $15 parking fee, claiming that he didn’t have to because he worked “for the state?” One on-line commentator from Cape Cod diagnosed Glodis with “the Sheriff of Nottingham Syndrome . . . a highly contagious and progressive disease that afflicts members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and is characterized by an uncontrollable urge to be treated differently from everybody else.” Why does Glodis, our potential Auditor, believe that he doesn’t have to pay for what all other taxpayers pay for?
4. How about Amy Frigulietti, to whom, despite holding a desk job that primarily involves handling payroll, Sheriff Glodis provides a gas-guzzling Ford Explorer, courtesy of we the taxpayers, for her daily 100-mile commute back and forth to work from her home in Dorchester. According to Worcester Telegram writer Dianne Williamson, Frigulietti is also “allowed to use the black SUV on weekends to run errands, shop, and attend fundraisers for her boss, which I’m betting she’s er, driven to do. The only thing she’s not allowed is to pay for gas, maintenance and tolls. At a time when cash-strapped Americans are severely pinched at the pumps, Ms. Frigulietti is blithely raking up free mileage in an unmarked SUV.” Now that’s what I call watching taxpayers money!
5. And let’s not forget Francis Sena, a friend of Glodis’s father, who had received $20,000 in extra money in his paycheck from the Massachusetts Division of Industrial Accidents. As a State Senator, Glodis filed legislation to give Sena $20,000 in back pay, in order to forgive Sena’s debt to the Commonwealth. The problem with the legislation, which thankfully was quashed, was that it could have allowed hundreds of other workers to get similar treatment and, according to the Boston Herald, would have cost taxpayers as much as $4 million. What a watchdog Guy Glodis will make!
6. And what about Joseph T. Duggan, III, a close friend of big Glodis campaign contributor, Commerce Bank & Trust Chairman David G. “Duddie” Massad, who, along with his family, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, gave Glodis $3,500 in campaign contributions over the last 5 years. Immediately after being placed in Sheriff Glodis’s West Boylston jail, Duggan was placed in a work-release program in violation of a departmental policy that had been approved by Glodis less than two weeks earlier. Wanna guess who Duggan worked for while on work-release? Duddie Massad? Correct! In total, Duggan spent just eight complete days in Glodis’s jail during his four-month sentence. Sure sounds like hard time. Who knew that Guy Glodis was so soft on criminals?
7. And then there’s Amit Mathur, a Shrewsbury investment advisor charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with stealing $13 million from his clients. At Mathur’s trial, one of the witnesses testified that, among the payments he made on instructions from Mathur, was a $20,000 check payable to Glodis. While a spokesman for Glodis claimed that the $20,000 was a loan that was repaid, Glodis hasn’t revealed what the loan was for, how much interest he was charged, and why he was borrowing money from someone as sketchy as Mathur. Think Mary Connaughton isn’t going to ask those questions?
8. Glodis may be a big supporter of organized labor, but he doesn’t treat his own workers all that well. The head of the union that represents correctional officers and sergeants at the Worcester County Jail recently criticized Glodis for violating his own guidelines in promoting jail personnel, including political supporters. Rules are made for everyone else, but not you, right Guy?
9. One thing that Glodis, who campaigned against the patronage of the former Sheriff, is getting better at is patronage. According to Worcester Magazine, of the 29 promotions Glodis doled out in 2005, only 17 went to officers who had donated to or helped Glodis on one of his past campaigns. By 2007, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, those numbers were up to a more respectable level — 21 of 29 promotions went to officer who gave cash donations to Glodis. If you want to find out who’ll be working in Guy Glodis’s Auditor’s Office, just check the campaign finance records.
10. But you can’t say that Glodis isn’t experienced with the Auditor’s Office. A 2010 report by Auditor DeNucci’s Office found a multitude of problems with Glodis’s operations, including violating one of his own procurement policies by awarding more than $74,000 in consulting contracts without competitive bids. Is that the kind of experience you bring to the campaign, Guy?
Guy Glodis? A reformer with results? You be the judge.