March 9, 2007

EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT IN MA TOO!:

Novice governor in Massachusetts off to a rocky start (STEVE LEBLANC, 3/09/07, Associated Press)

As a candidate, Deval Patrick won over voters with a message of hope and renewed confidence in government. Now, eight turbulent weeks into his term, Massachusetts' first black governor is pleading: "Don't give up on me."

First, the 50-year-old former chief of the Justice Department's civil rights division under the Clinton administration was criticized for using a state helicopter to zip from one end of the state to the other. Then he found himself defending his decision to upgrade his state car to a $1,166-a-month Cadillac.

Soon came news of pricey new drapes for the governor's office, a $72,000 appointments secretary for his wife and a call to Citigroup on behalf of a struggling lending company on whose board he once served -- a move that prompted a call for an ethics investigation by Republicans.

Patrick loyalists have portrayed the incidents as the kind of missteps made by someone who has never before held elective office. But they also fear that, taken together, the blunders could hurt the Democrat's populist appeal and erode his authority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2007 10:26 AM
Comments

I wonder if he spent tax payer money with gay abandon in his prior job as a federal functionary? Of course, since he's black, he can't be expected to know it's a no-no. The race card must be pretty dog-eared by now. Enough already.

Posted by: erp at March 9, 2007 11:23 AM

This is just a ploy to allow him to "grow in office" and claim re-election that way. Besides, what would a Dem politican in the Kennedy part of Little Canada have to do to actually lose an election? It's Representative can shirk off their brothels and forced pederasty, it's senior Senator has been rewarded despite the manslaughter he committed, so why should a little graft get so much attention?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 10, 2007 11:34 AM
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