View Full Version : Gov Patrick disappoints

Ian McColgin
03-06-2011, 10:56 AM
I should not be surprised since Deval Patrick’s road up into the wealthy elite insulated him from the negative symbolisms of wealth - witness his political tin ear when he refurbished the office on election.

But really, after rightly making a minor campaign issue out of Charlie Baker’s Harvard-Pilgrim rake-off and standing up to Hyatt for callously firing a hundred housekeeper, Patrick has nothing to say about his friend and campaign contributor Cleve Killingsworth’s $11,000,000 departure from Blue Cross Blue Shield.

The often purple prosed Globe columnist Kevin Cullin put it that “Cornered by reporters Friday, Deval Patrick sounded like Peter in the Garden at Gethsemane, rejecting chance after chance to speak the truth about the money Blue Cross hands its big shots.”

Later in the same column, Cullin gave and then rescinded a left-handed bow, noting,

“Maybe as the recipient of corporate golden parachutes himself, Patrick is concerned about appearing hypocritical. If so, he’s the first politician in the history of civilization to feel that way.
“Besides, he had a plane to catch. To Denver. To speak at a Democratic fund-raiser. Where the Cleve Killngsorths of Colorado ponied up huge amounts of money, of course expecting nothing in return.”

By the way, no politician is perfect and I still support Gov Patrick against all comers. Tin ear and all.

S.V. Airlie
03-06-2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks for being fair an unbiased Ian.I are doing and saying what another formite wouldn't

03-07-2011, 01:01 AM
It is ok to continue to support a pol whose policies you, overall, agree with. It is also perfectly acceptable, nay, necessary to take them to task occasionallly when they need it, reminding them how they were put in and to whom they are REALLY beholden.

03-07-2011, 03:59 AM
Here is an article from the Boston Globe that discusses the issue, along with the "insider-itis" of Boston non-profits:


On Channel 5, Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, who receives $70K+/yr for being on the Blue Cross board, defended the the payment!

Ian McColgin
03-07-2011, 07:35 AM
The piece cited in #5 is a very good example of hard-hitting opinion and somewhat above Vennochi's somewhat-better-than-average standard. Every fact is accurate, though in all the cases if you know the whole story you can manage a little less hand-wringing and finger-pointing about it. It is a problematic truth that money makes things work and that very few talented people take vows of poverty to do public service. Sometimes it seems that the choise is between well-paid people of integrity who are paid an open, if seemingly outrageous, salary and taxed accordingly versus people who are paid with political cash raised in private and distributed in ways to make life more comfortable in a tax-free manner.

Edited to add: Full disclosure, Paul Levy (mentioned in passing) is a person I know from his work some years back chairing the DPU. The woman with whom he had that "inappropriate relationship with a woman he hired and then shuffled around to various jobs" gained both his love and her jobs by her brilliance. That was an impropriatry where the hospital managed to loose two very fine people in one burst of puritanism.