Candidates' push: Sway undecideds
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#1 Dec 6, 2009
And here's a VERY interesting little fact about Martha Coakley (aka, Inspector Clouseau) which you haven't read in any of the Big Boston Media.
In 2005 then-State Senator Diane Wilkerson got in big trouble over her campaign finances, including charges of unlawful contributions and misuse of funds. After Coakley became AG she quickly let Wilkerson walk away from all charges in exchange for a measly $10K fine and an agreement to improve her "bookkeeping", a _most_ generous deal which Wilkerson herself described as "very fair and reasonable" (an understatement if ever there was one).
But there was another nice little kiss hidden in that sweetheart deal that Coakley gave Wilkerson; namely _blanket immunity_ against any civil or criminal penalty for _all_ campaign finance violations she had committed in the past! The funny thing is while Coakley was generously handing this Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card to Wilkerson, sweet Diane was busily stuffing her bra full of bribe money! Coakley, of course, was simply letting a powerful Beacon Hill pol off the legal hook in exchange
for future favors. She had no way of knowing that Wilkerson would narrowly lose the September 2008 primary in an upset and also that the Feds were sniffing around. Wilkerson's arrest by the FBI on October 28th for bribery ended her plans for a sticker campaign in the general election. It also erased all the future political payoffs that Coakley had expected to receive from Wilkerson in return for her 'generosity and understanding'.
So the bottom line is that Martha Coakley sold out her responsibilities as Attorney General (and the people of Massachusetts as well) in order to curry favor with a crooked politician whom she thought would be around in the future to further her own ambitions.
Gee, why does all of this sound so familiar?
(Hint: Menino / Kineavy / missing e-mails)
You can read the whole story in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, which is a remarkably good newspaper for its size.
#2 Dec 7, 2009
I'm writing in my own name and voting for myself tomorrow.
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