Today an eminent group of petitioners asked the State Ethics Commission to act to ensure that Massachusetts residents from all walks of life can serve in elected office, while continuing to protect the public from any real conflicts of interest.
I am pleased to co-sign with this distinguished coalition.
This initiative both respects the Ethics Commission’s mandate, and furthers the cause of participatory government. Its adoption would also allow me to continue in public service and face the fundamental challenge in our state and nation: rebuild our economy from the middle out, invest in education and infrastructure, acknowledge that the “recovery” is not working for too many, and work for economic and social justice.
The petition, attached below, creates greater harmony between the spirit and letter of the conflict of interest law. A broad coalition, embodied by the signers of the petition, has endorsed this important reform.