Bob Monty on Rep. Ron Mariano's Campaign Finance: Through the Looking Glass

Ronald Mariano

Anyone who is interested enough to look through Rep. Ron Mariano’s (D-Quincy, Weymouth, Holbrook and possibly the planet Mars) campaign spending reports for the first reporting period of 2008 will find that he spent $5,713 for ”lunches and dinners with legislators” – those dreaded part-time lawmakers – and most were paid with his AMEX credit card. Some were in very intimate North End Italian settings of all places.

You’ll find all that you need in his campaign finance reports here.

For the same time period he gave about $200 bucks to charities – proving once and for all the old axiom that ”Charity begins at home” – or at least on ”home” cooked meals at pricey Boston restaurants. Many of them are among the well-known cozy Italian cucinas… uhhh, sorry, I hinted at that above.

He spent an additional $5,066 for “fundraiser food” on May 16, 2008 and the funny thing is that there were no campaign contributions received then or for weeks before or after the same date. Doesn’t that strike anyone odd that he would pony up $5+K for ”fundraiser food” and no one gave him any donations?

Maybe I’ve been doing my running-for-office thing the wrong way lo these many years.

The last time I checked – the purpose of a political fundraiser was to bring in more than what was spent. Perhaps cross checks of Sal DiMasi’s or Bob DeLeo’s campaign reports for the same time period are in order. Maybe he paid for one of their events to ingratiate himself with his upper-tier paisanos. Maybe that’s why his nose is so brown. Nah, it’s probably brown from spending so much time on the golf courses abutting the fine homes of his campaign donors. That must be it.

Then there is the $5,249 for some sort of travel with the Jewish Community Relations Council. Would that have been enough for the wife and him to visit the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem on a “trade” mission? There were two campaign-fund expenditures for such travel (to Israel) on June 14 ($4,300) and July 16, 2008 ($949) respectively. Hmmmm…

And then there is $11,822 for printing and – oddly enough – no money spent on postage. Even if the printer’s charges included mailing, isn’t it odd that he has had no challengers for over a decade? Who would he have to impress with mailings; he already has the dullest of the dull-witted voters in his pocket? Many of them are probably reading-challenged.

Perhaps they just look at the pictures of Ron on the golf course with his putter at the ready.

I could sit down and have a ball with his campaign account if I were an investigator for OCPF (Office of Campaign and Political Finance) or if I was a State House Bureau investigative reporter – especially if I was getting paid in cash. Maybe I can work out a deal for ten percent (nine for cash) of whatever “dirt” I could uncover. I could retire – once again.

I think that once I started asking ”Mariucci” some really hard questions (that’s my pet name for Mariano – after my pet goldfish who has a cute little mustache too) he’d probably invite me to a fine repast with him at some cozy North End Italian cuisine joint. I would expect of course, some pretty ‘spensive [sic] red wine [hic] expertly poured by a fully apprenticed and attentive sommelier [hic] – to discuss the matter further.

Maybe Mariano-Mariucchi would like his wife to come along just to verify his answers – and drive him home afterward – just so he doesn’t go on a late-night booze-swilling spree with his BFF drinking buddies after he and I have din-din.

Dave Wedge of the Herald was going to look into this clown’s campaign finances but I’ve not heard of any results of his investigative reporting. Maybe he’s waiting for the right moment. Or maybe Dave had a senior moment and forgot.

And… maybe Mariucci is waiting for the right moment as well – to finally do something for Weymouth other than to pass through on the way to his Holbrook printer and photo-ops at the former air base with Sen. John FN Kerry, he of tax avoidance fame and marrying wealthy women; especially Republican ketchup widows.

Weymouth’s voters have to remember that a little over five years ago, Mariucci brought home $15 million in bacon… I meant dollars… for Quincy. To that I say, “When is our state aid bacon coming for Weymouth?”

It’s all there in the public records folks. I don’t make any of this up – maybe the derisive wit, but that’s it.

[ed_note]This article is part of the two part series. We will have the second one tomorrow.[/ed_note]

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7 Comments

  • Bob Monty
    August 12, 2010 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Re: The picture of Ron – he's turning into quite the porker, isn't he… or perhaps a bloated heifer? Maybe his head shrunk…

    I'm going to Photoshop that picture and put a lobster bib on him – perhaps one with a pocket to catch the drool and the bits of food that fall from his mouth. We can't have him soiling that very nice tie now, can we?

  • G Lowell
    August 12, 2010 - 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I have seen many of the things you mention in this article, and will have several things I will be releasing later in my campaign that will look bad for Mariano.

  • G Lowell
    August 12, 2010 - 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I have seen many of the things you mention in this article, and will have several things I will be releasing later in my campaign that will look bad for Mariano.

  • Bob Monty
    August 12, 2010 - 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Gary,

    Whatever you do, be sure to include a picture of Ron is all for Ron, showing what a porker he is. That will look bad for him all by its self.

    Bob Monty

    By the way, I saw in a borrowed copy of the Weymouth Snooze that Mariucci has no challenger for his seat. Likewise, they failed to mention my name as running against WES Murphy. That’s probably because we are independent candidates – not beholden to the special interests of either major party.

    As an aside, I would strongly advise you to NOT advertise with the Snooze because they will screw up your ad as they did mine some years ago – purposely in my opinion. The best they’ll do for you is to cash your check quickly, before you have a chance to have second thoughts.

    Good luck in your campaign. I would advise you to start going door-to-door right after the primary because your name will not be on the primary ballot to introduce you to the voters. The odds are stacked against independent candidates, but I think this is the year for us to make a big splash.

  • Bob Monty
    August 12, 2010 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    By the way, Gary, it would probably be a good idea to have people at the polls on Primary day to hand out your literature and inform them of your platform. Have contact sheets made in advance so that you can get names and addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and any other contact info you can get from the voters. Also get a picture of yourself in a suit and tie or sport jacket and tie to look as professional as you can. It is expected.

    Check with Raf to get my contact info and maybe we can hook up to discuss strategy.

    Bob Monty

  • Bob Monty
    August 12, 2010 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Gary,

    Whatever you do, be sure to include a picture of Ron is all for Ron, showing what a porker he is. That will look bad for him all by its self.

    Bob Monty

    By the way, I saw in a borrowed copy of the Weymouth Snooze that Mariucci has no challenger for his seat. Likewise, they failed to mention my name as running against WES Murphy. That's probably because we are independent candidates – not beholden to the special interests of either major party.

    As an aside, I would strongly advise you to NOT advertise with the Snooze because they will screw up your ad as they did mine some years ago – purposely in my opinion. The best they'll do for you is to cash your check quickly, before you have a chance to have second thoughts.

    Good luck in your campaign. I would advise you to start going door-to-door right after the primary because your name will not be on the primary ballot to introduce you to the voters. The odds are stacked against independent candidates, but I think this is the year for us to make a big splash.

  • Bob Monty
    August 12, 2010 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    By the way, Gary, it would probably be a good idea to have people at the polls on Primary day to hand out your literature and inform them of your platform. Have contact sheets made in advance so that you can get names and addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and any other contact info you can get from the voters. Also get a picture of yourself in a suit and tie or sport jacket and tie to look as professional as you can. It is expected.

    Check with Raf to get my contact info and maybe we can hook up to discuss strategy.

    Bob Monty

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