Name That Party, Massachusetts Edition

posted at 12:10 pm on January 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Massachusetts House Speaker, the Boston Globe reports, after a series of scandals and investigations.  The Globe reports on the investigations of influence peddling and other potential acts of corruption.  In fact, the Globe reports on just about everything but the party affiliation of DiMasi — and his two disgraced predecessors:

House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi plans to resign from his powerful post tomorrow and depart the North End legislative seat he has held for three decades, saying yesterday that he is proud of his record and is departing with his “head high” despite ongoing ethics controversies swirling around him.

DiMasi – the third consecutive Massachusetts speaker to leave under a cloud – was reinstalled as speaker three weeks ago. But he has remained under public scrutiny, an Ethics Commission investigation, and a pair of grand juries looking at the influence-peddling allegations involving his close friends. …

Charles F. Flaherty was forced to resign in 1996 when federal prosecutors charged him with income tax violations after months of investigating his relationship with lobbyists.

His successor, Thomas M. Finneran, who grabbed the speaker’s post by cobbling together a coalition of Democrats and Republicans, was under federal investigation in 2004 when he resigned to take a high-paying trade association job.

He pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges in January 2007 for having lied under oath in a civil suit involving a legislative redistricting plan.

Let me assist Frank Phillips and the Globe’s editors, who apparently didn’t have time to do this research:

In fact, in the last case, Phillips and the Globe managed a two-fer in the Name That Party game show.  On Janury 9th, Philips reported that Finneran applied for a pardon with the outgoing Bush administration:

Former House speaker Thomas M. Finneran, seeking to cleanse the stain left by his 2007 conviction for obstruction of justice, is angling for a last-minute pardon from President Bush and has lined up a group of former Massachusetts governors to back his request.

Finneran submitted an application for a presidential pardon last month, and the four governors – Democrat Michael Dukakis and Republicans William F. Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift – followed up with a letter to the White House praising his integrity.

Finneran has already been “severely punished,” the governors wrote, citing the loss of his state pension, the suspension of his license to practice law, and his firing from a lucrative private-sector job.

The word “Democrat” only gets a single mention in this story as a descriptor of Michael Dukakis, and only to show the bipartisan nature of Finneran’s support.  That’s especially ironic, since Finneran wound up as speaker only through back-stabbing his Majority Leader at the time Flaherty had to resign by getting Republican votes for Speaker and splitting his own caucus.  That colorful history doesn’t show up in either of Phillips’ reports, probably because he’d have to Name That Party in order to tell the story.  (I read about it on Wikipedia and the New York Times links above.)

Corruption follows power, and the Democrats hold most of it in Massachusetts, so it’s not exactly surprising to see a scandal among Democrats.  I do find it interesting that the Globe can’t bring itself to mention that the last three Democratic leaders of the state House have had to resign in disgrace over corruption, though, and apparently can’t even muscle up the courage to put a (D) at the end of the names of the guilty.  Had these been Republicans, we would have had endless lectures from the Globe about the “culture of corruption”.  (h/t: HA reader Gregg G.)


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Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

He’s the party for Nancy’s constiuants that she wants to represent.

Brat4life on January 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Where’s the Blago video from his hit on The View?

Dudley Smith on January 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Are you saying that the media isn’t giving us the full story for some reason?

Blacksheep on January 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Don’t overlook the Globe’s four-page spread Sunday on Dianne Wilkerson that omitted her party affiliation.

JammieWearingFool on January 26, 2009 at 12:14 PM

The only slight justification for the omision I can see is that it is Mass. and we all know there are any Reublicans in power up there. That said, it still ought to be included.

todler on January 26, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Two. And they’re in a zoo for endangered species. The Democrats want a breeding program for them as part of the bailout. Only hitch is that they’re both guys.

rbj on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

No Offense Ed, but this is Massachusetts. If it’s a politician, it’s a Democrat.

It’d be like asking what Party Affiliation of a disgraced San Francisco Rep.

BKennedy on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I wonder if they were under Bawney Fwank?

Kini on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Mitt Romney, but he hasn’t held office for a while. Both Massachusetts senators are Democrats, as are all 10 of the state’s congressmen. The state has voted for the Republican presidential candidate only once in the last 50 years. So I guess the short answer is: NO.

Tommy_G on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Definitely no bi-partisanship in Mass. This debacle is totally owned by the Democrats. Just don’t tell anyone.

BoomJunkie on January 26, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

For many races there is no candidate other than a Dem. Imagine a congressional seat election and no Republican candidate. Reminded me of elections in Iraq under Saddam.

Hening on January 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I was thinking something similar. In a one party system, no need to talk about affiliation.

Vashta.Nerada on January 26, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Well, OK, we do need to remember, that, even CROOKS need to be represented in this all inclusive nation of ours……..

DL13 on January 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Corrupt politician reported on by corrupt media and we wonder why the facts are missing?

Limerick on January 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM

What the hell is wrong with democrats, are they all money-grubbing tax cheats?

Isn’t that how the argument went for the last eight years, substituting Republicans for democrats?

Bishop on January 26, 2009 at 12:22 PM

As if the repubs would have been any better…but it’s sooo true about the “culture of corruption” stamp being given to Republicans only.

Christine on January 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

Well since the first two don’t count I’m going with:

1) The Whig Party
2) Lizard People’s Coalition
3) The Democrat Party- a collection of corrupt officals at all levels of government and epitomized by the filthy bastard in the White House and the leaders of the House and Senate.

highhopes on January 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Lizard People’s Coalition

Bad choice from the beginning as the Lizard People are currently only represented in Minnesota.

I’ll be doing some door-knocking for Lizard Man in 2010.

Bishop on January 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Disgusting.

The Globe couldn’t yell “Republican” enough times when Jane Swift was busted for the relatively minor offense of using state helicopters to transport her family around, and they did their best to pin the problems with the Big Dig on Mitt Romney, when he had tried to remove the corrupt Democrat who headed the Massachusetts Port Authority.

rockmom on January 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

wow — and i think i’m stuck in a one party state …
[!!]

Buckaroo on January 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Also, the Dems have different branches; there is the Liberal Dem, the George Soros Dem, the Blue Dog dem and the “Line Thine Own Pockets” Dem…. In light of all the recent controversies among the Democratic ranks it makes me wonder which one is really in control….?

DL13 on January 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM

How come Nancy hasn’t used the phrase “Culture of Corruption” lately?

Conservative_SAHM on January 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

There are a lot of Republicans in Massachusetts and they are finally starting to come out of the woodwork. This past election has finally started to wake them up and mobilize them.

Done That on January 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Another Scandal? Am I surprised? Nope. Someone bought out all the popcorn too. :)

sheebe on January 26, 2009 at 12:27 PM

No Offense Ed, but this is Massachusetts. If it’s a politician, it’s a Democrat.

It’d be like asking what Party Affiliation of a disgraced San Francisco Rep.

BKennedy on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Its true most MA pols are Dems, but I don’t think that is it.

Consider if the last three House leaders in Utah, for example, were all removed due to corruption, do you think that the (R) would not be prominently displayed?

18-1 on January 26, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Romney was the Governor of Massachusetts. And any time something went wrong and the Globe blamed Romney, it would be Romney, the Republican Governor, blah blah blah…

RedSoxNation on January 26, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I vote republican and live in Mass. Beacon Hill (where the state house is) might as well be its own state given the lack of representation of regular people in this parliament of whores.

Worse yet, the speaker of the house has powers I’d even say greater than the governor; whose powers have been usurped by the legislature over the last century.

Funny no mention here yet of our path-blazing African-American governor who ran on a ticket of “hope & change” and got pwn’d by the legislature due to his lacking experience. Sound familiar? All he can offer now in the midst of financial crisis is ‘we need to lean on each other.’

krl on January 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

As if the repubs would have been any better…but it’s sooo true about the “culture of corruption” stamp being given to Republicans only.

Christine on January 26, 2009 at 12:23 PM

There was never any scandal or claim of corruption in either Bill Weld’s or Mitt Romney’s administrations. Jane Swift was hammered only because she used state transportation to move her family around. No official corruption or pay-to-play stuff in her administration either.

rockmom on January 26, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

No, they have all shut their business’s down, fired all the employees and moved to Texas. No lie, I have met many people from the Northeast starting all over again in Texas and they do not support Obama!

izoneguy on January 26, 2009 at 12:30 PM

I wonder if they were under Bawney Fwank?
Kini on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

That is a truly disturbing visual.

Idfaciam on January 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Republicans William F. Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Jane Swift

Shouldn’t Republicans be in quotation marks?

mankai on January 26, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Finneran seems to have some common sense(for a MA Democrat). Still the quintessential politician though.

jeanie on January 26, 2009 at 12:33 PM

All the above being said the Republican party needs to do more to ensure we keep corruption out of our national politics (and individually at the state level). We fight not only the corruption but the media onslaught when it happens, which in the eyes of the typical un-informed voter watching the evening news, multiplies the negative effect for Republicans exponentially.

Not nice, but its political reality.

mngirl on January 26, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Consider if the last three House leaders in Utah, for example, were all removed due to corruption, do you think that the (R) would not be prominently displayed?

18-1 on January 26, 2009 at 12:28 PM

In the NYT? Yeah, it would. In a local Utah paper? Perhaps not. Depends on how deep the corruption actually runs.

BKennedy on January 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

ME!!! I’m very lonely. :D

Howie Carr (local columnist) had a great summary today…

Rich on January 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM

ME!!! I’m very lonely. :D

Rich on January 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM

I’ve been there when living in the Santa Monica area. There really ought to be a “cap and trade” program for the ideologically isolated. You trade your (meaningless) vote in Mass with some tree hugger in Alabama who is equally isolated.

highhopes on January 26, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Another registered Mass. Republican here. I do believe McCain got 46% here in Plymouth County. Not bad for a RINO. No need to act like there aren’t any non-moonbats in Mass.

shanimal on January 26, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Barney Frank is rumored to have signed said petion as Fudge Packr

sabbott on January 26, 2009 at 12:43 PM

<a href=”http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=14180″Incurious Bill Ayers and Eric Holder

Don’t know which way the Weather(men) are blowin! And FoxNews is poisonous.

Mr. Joe on January 26, 2009 at 12:46 PM

“Corrupt Politician” == “Democrat Party Affiliation”

SeniorD on January 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Incurious Bill Ayers and Eric Holder

Don’t know which way the Weather(men) are blowin! And FoxNews is poisonous.

Mr. Joe on January 26, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Perhaps you don’t understand Massachusetts. When the Globe writes “politician” or “legislator” it is of course shorthand for Democrat. Everyone in Massachusetts understand this. ;-)

rhombus on January 26, 2009 at 12:49 PM

The last time I was in Mass., I happened to visit Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, the Pilgrim Monument in Plymouth that speaks of faith, law, justice, etc. It strikes me as so sad, that the people of the state of the Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, the Minutemen, the Pilgrims, the Mayflower Compact, etc. have forgotten their history completely and want to throw away their freedoms to socialists and corrupt politicians! John Quincy Adams, a great man from Mass. cautioned,

“Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

I’m concerned that his caution would be lost on most of the people of Mass. today.

Christian Conservative on January 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I don’t like to point to one state as more corrupt than another (glass houses and all that), but really, Massachusetts…what the hell…are you and Illinois competing for biggest sh*tpile?

SKYFOX on January 26, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Let me correct something for the record. Mrs. Swift was always referred to as in the media “Republican Acting-Governor Jane Swift” as if her mother had an some incurable political adjective fetish. Not that the media was impolite to her. They would always address questions with all of the grace that one can expect of such miscreants:

REPORTER: “Republican Acting-Governor Swift! Can you comment on your patently unethical, morally reprehensible and environmentally damaging use of a State Police Helicopter and how you plan to atone for this unforgivable sin by committing suicide in the most hideous manner imaginable?”

turfmann on January 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Republicans live outside the 128 (I95) corridor and as such do not count. If one looks at the local results of the presidential election you will find it was a fairly close race, in my home town Obama won by 3 votes. The cities, college towns and the Berkshires (liberal Shangri-La)went big for Dope and Change. Neat map of the results

dmann on January 26, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Christian Conservative on January 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Fear not. I’m here and there are more of us than you may think.

Case in point. Here in the birthplace of public education, you would not believe the number of kids that are now being home schooled. A phenomenon that was absent when I graduated from high school in 1980, children are being pulled out of schools by worried parents at an ever increasing rate here. My wife and I have pulled our two youngest daughters out of the public schools, the youngest just after Christmas. The blatant liberal indoctrination has become insufferable. The influence of the unions upon the schools has long since eclipsed any responsibility of the community to provide education for the benefit of the common good. Something intangible, but nonetheless very real is happening here that I have not experienced before. People are NOT happy with their government(s). I know what I have typed sounds superficial, but I haven’t got all day to describe in detail what is happening.

turfmann on January 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Not the Globe’s fault, the House Speaker in Mass. is a non-partisan position.

jukin on January 26, 2009 at 1:13 PM

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Over here! Here I am!!

D2Boston on January 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Fear not. I’m here and there are more of us than you may think.
turfmann on January 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Thanks. A ray of REAL hope.

Christian Conservative on January 26, 2009 at 1:17 PM

CORRECTION:

Corruption follows power, and the Democrats hold most ALL of it in Massachusetts…

thegreatbeast on January 26, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Then, following Lord Acton’s thought:

“Power corrupts; thus all Democrat politicians are infinitely corrupt”

Then again, the phrase “Corrupt Democrat Politician” is an oxymoron. One cannot be a) a Democrat and b) a Politician without c) being corrupt.

What does that say about the Democrat Party controlled Congress?

SeniorD on January 26, 2009 at 1:28 PM

It strikes me as so sad, that the people of the state of the Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, the Minutemen, the Pilgrims, the Mayflower Compact, etc. have forgotten their history completely and want to throw away their freedoms to socialists and corrupt politicians! John Quincy Adams, a great man from Mass.
Christian Conservative on January 26, 2009 at 12:53 PM

We of the Bay State are just always on the cutting edge of revolution. Like we did in the past we wish to be the leaders in the new communist revolution. Hey, someone has to do it and it might as well be us.

jmarcure on January 26, 2009 at 1:32 PM

turfmann on January 26, 2009 at 1:08 PM
Brudda…..we actually moved from a very liberal Metrowest town westward outside 495 inorder to escape the liberal zombie factories. We did our homework and found a rural community which is part of one of the top regional school districts in the Commonwealth. Both my children did very well and have emerged from the public school system as registered independents. My oldest graduated from the UMass system this past spring and now works at Children’s Hospital and my youngest is in her 2nd year at the University of Miami pulling down a 3.98. The schools do have an influence but we as parents drive the bus!

dmann on January 26, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Portland Oregon’s mayor had sex with his 17 year old male intern. It was about mentoring the youth. Problem? What problem? Not sure what party he was…well it is Portland, Oregon, Democrat, Socialist or Green. You pick.

http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=14184

At least he did not turn him on to smoking cigarrettes, because that would be really bad!

Mr. Joe on January 26, 2009 at 1:53 PM

I love the hypocrisy
All of the democrats have got their hand in the cookie jar
But obama the gag messiah is so stupid
that he is still blaming presidnet bush for the
Democrats own CORRUPTION..

sounds like someone needs to explain to the democrats how corrupt they really are.

jcila on January 26, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Media Hacks…death be to them

kirkill on January 26, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Are there any Republicans Americans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Fixed it for ya…

Only far left lazy Liberal morons in Mass.

Mark Garnett on January 26, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Two. And they’re in a zoo for endangered species. The Democrats want a breeding program for them as part of the bailout. Only hitch is that they’re both guys.

rbj on January 26, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I doubt that would stop the DEMs from trying.

Red State State of Mind on January 26, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Looks like that old guy from the National Socialist party

DarkCurrent on January 26, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Then again, the phrase “Corrupt Democrat Politician” is a n oxymoron redundancy.

Sorry.

Could. Not. Stop. Interfering.

Greg Toombs on January 26, 2009 at 2:46 PM

There are very few GOP in MA. The congress has been heavily dems for as long as I can remember. When Romney was Gov., everything was blamed on him. Now Patrick blames the cynical listeners of talk radio.
Watch out Conn., RI, and NH because you are next!!

DJ from MA on January 26, 2009 at 3:13 PM

How does Gov. Devolve Patrick say it….

“The cynical arent smart, they only pretend to be”
Of course if youre not in lock step with him, then youre a cynic. Welcome to Massachusetts, leave your freedoms at the border.

Viper1 on January 26, 2009 at 3:49 PM

That the local media for you! Last night’s tv news identified MA state senator Bruce Tarr as a democrat (he’s a republican). I think there are five or so in the state legislature. Because the dems have a hegemony they will simply redistrict any area where they feel threatened to ensure it’s delivered to a democrat, preferably an incumbent. Ever look at the map of Barney Frank’s district? it makes no geographic sense whatsoever.

plum on January 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Are there any Republicans in Massacheusetts?

MarkTheGreat on January 26, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Until last November I was one, then I defected to NH. The Den of 40 Thieves(State Senate) has only a bare handful.

Mooseman on January 26, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Name that Party, Oregon edition:

The mayor of Portland, Ore., told city commissioners Sunday he will not resign despite calls for him to do so after he admitted he lied and asked a teenager to lie about their sexual relationship.

Mayor Sam Adams publicly apologized this past week for lying early in his campaign about the relationship with an 18-year-old man in 2005.

More AP reporting at its finest. Meh.

Paul_in_NJ on January 26, 2009 at 5:46 PM

They’re all lawyers. Even Blago.

mr1216 on January 26, 2009 at 10:24 PM