REP. Kevin J Murphy aka Captain Conflict (of interest)
Once again Capt. Conflict has stepped into the spotlight showing his arrogance and total disregard for trying to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest by representing a client in front of the MA. Alcohol Beverage Commission. A body that is part of the State Treasure’s Office and one that the Elected Representative has budgetary approval over.
How or why a sitting State Rep. can continue to represent clients in front of a state board that he has fiscal oversight of any kind on is beyond me. He could if he felt slighted or wronged vote to cut their budget, have the Auditor investigate them or a number of other things to make them uncomfortable.
He will point to this situation and say What are you talking about, I lost the case. Not the point here Murph but you have shown time after time you don’t get the point.
He serves as far as I know (he was as of Oct 09) as The Dracut School Departments Lawyer. Okay so the Town pays him as a Lawyer and he represents a client in front of the ABC who is appealing a ruling made by the same town who pays him to represent their school dept but that isn’t a conflict?
How about for example when Rep. Murphy represents the bus driver’s union in Lowell, in contract re-negotiation talks with the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA.) The LRTA receives a quarter of its operating budget from state funding–which Rep. Murphy gets to vote on.
He even represented Lowell’s four assistant school superintendents in contract renegotiations one of which was his wife. (For which Rep. Murphy secured a $10k raise two years before his wife’s contract expired.) And how is this not a conflict of interest?.)
How he can earn a full time salary as a REP of $70K ( a base of $61K, $7,200 for Expenses and a $26 a day per diem to drive to the State-House) and earn over $100,00 in Private practise yet never be in conflict according to him. If not Legal Kevin how about just the appearance of conflict or doesn’t that matter as long as your getting paid?
Murphy claims one doesn’t interfere with the other but where was this self proclaimed champion of education when it came time to vote in January on Education reform? He did not vote. Was he in Court of representing a client before a State board? No one has answered my question on that.
Did he resign or was he removed from the house education committee if as he stated the other day he will fight for education? When is he going to be called on to answer these questions?
I will email him 5 questions…Care to guess whether he has the courtesy, backbone or courage to answer me. I doubt it, he will ignore me like he avoids answering any who challenge him about his conflicts.
Tom Golden went after slick Willy in Lawrence, what about the King of Conflict here in Lowell Tom? Do you have the courage to go after him like you went after Willy?