Yesterday the Mass. House of Representatives started their new session with 38 new representatives and a Republican delegation that has doubled in size.
Voters may have thought that they sent a message that they wanted things to change but instead current Speaker Deleo and his leadership team sent the voters one. You didn’t replace enough of us.
So how did they start the session and deliver that message? Well according to today’s Herald:
An indicted former House speaker and a convicted one got a standing ovation from their former colleagues on Beacon Hill as the new Legislature was sworn in yesterday.
Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Boston), acting as emcee, warmly received indicted former Speaker Sal DiMasi, who resigned from office after he was charged with public corruption, along with former Speaker Tom Finneran, a convicted felon who is now a radio talk-show host. Scaccia called them “two of the brightest speakers in the history of the commonwealth.”
Now I understand history and bringing back former speakers is a tradition, but after Finneran’s felony conviction and the fact Sal DiMasi who is still awaiting trial and cost the citizens of this State over $300,000.00 in Legal expenses for the firm he selected before resigning, is it really appropriate to do anything but acknowledge that they are there?
Is Rep. Angelo Scaccia and the standing ovation lemmings serious when stating for all to hear that a convicted felon and an indicted one are really two of the brightest anything?
I get the feeling that we are in for the same old same old way of business on Beacon Hill and that the 38 new members were sent that message by current Speaker DeLeo yesterday.