According to today’s Boston Herald State Sen. Marian Walsh will not seek re-election this fall.
The West Roxbury Democrat, 55, who had been a state senator since 1993, announced her decision to her constituents in a letter yesterday afternoon, according to State House News Service.
An early supporter of the Gov. Deval Patrick, Walsh came under fire last year when Patrick tried to appoint her to a plum $175,000-a-year post that had been vacant for a dozen years.
My friends on Left in Lowell refer to this episode as one of the incidents that are media created and blogger driven non stories (In LOL words “ stupidest, trivial things that when looked at factually, actually aren’t scandals)
Here is just one the many stories on this issue last year:
Outrage is sweeping Beacon Hill after Gov. Deval Patrick quietly slipped a $175,000 plum job to a political pal while squeezing taxpayers to pay more for less from the debt-ridden state government.
Asking citizens to fork over 19 cents more per gallon at the gas pump while bracing for cuts of cops and teachers, Patrick awarded supporter Marian Walsh the pricey plum as assistant executive director of the state’s Health and Educational Facilities Authority.
The job has been vacant for 12 years. The appointment of Walsh, 54, a Democratic state senator from West Roxbury, was revealed amid news of a $1 billion state deficit while Patrick continued his vacation in Jamaica.
Patrick appointed Walsh’s husband, retired District Court judge Paul Buckley, to a $113,000-a-year job as director of the state’s industrial accident board. He’s eligible to take home a $92,000 pension upon retiring.
She has always been a bit controversial and has never backed down from a fight. In 2005 Senator Walsh filed a bill requiring financial reports by churches. Many felt that this bill originated in an effort to enlist civil power on one side of an internal dispute within the Catholic Archdiocese over parish closings
In 2004 at the State Democratic Convention Nikki Tsongas presented a her an award named for her husband the late Senator Paul Tsongas. It was given to Senator Marion Walsh for her work in the gay marriage debate. Considering she came from a very Catholic district she went with her beliefs that all people have the right of marriage and many expected her to lose her re-election bid especially when her opponent centered his campaign on the Gay Marriage Issue. She was Re-Elected by 65%.
Now that she is not running is she going to work for the re-election of the Gov. full time or will she soon join his revamping cabinet?