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Bob Monty on Nassour’s MassGOPolicy: FAIL!

Bob Monty

Massachusetts’ voters are purportedly all fired up and eager to throw out all the incumbents this November – but not the MassGOP. Its concentration is on the top-tier offices of governor, light governor, a smattering of other constitutional state offices and a couple of congressional seats – just not the state Legislature.

The absurdity that gubernatorial candidate and health care multi-millionaire Charlie Baker and his new BFF and former New York political operative and now MassGOP leader, Jennifer Nassour, is proposing, is to get the top ticket jobs and worry about the state’s House and Senate seats two years from now – when he will be just another lame duck (if he wins). He’ll never be able to sustain a veto (if he wins) – just like his Democrat predecessor, DeFault Patrick (if he loses); and all those before him. All of our recent governors have been woeful pawns to the whims of the Legislature, so why is no one aiming to control it instead of the Corner Office? Must be the drapes – yeah… that’s it – they like the drapes.

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Bob Monty on Rep. Ron Mariano Part 2: Livin’ La Dolce Vida

Ronald Mariano

I want to follow up my last critique – Through the Looking Glass – about one of our most excellent bon vivants and state representatives. In it I presented some of his campaign finance information and a supposition that turned out to be true (I have a tendency to be conjecturally spot-on about 96 percent of the time).

I don’t have any personal vendettas for our elected patricians – what I do is highlight times when I think they’re either under-performing or just sleeping too late in the day to be of real use. Such is the case with of both of Weymouth’s state reps, who I call the M&M twins. What I write might be seen by some as mean spirited but somebody has to wake them up and get them to do the jobs they were elected to do – which to this point have been far less than worth mentioning.

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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.

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