There’s no shortage of evidence that the Governor of Massachusetts will go down in the Commonwealth’s history as the Great Enabler. His sway over legislators to practice the fine art of indifference enables those who wish to prosecute tyranny and anarchy against the citizens of Massachusetts.
There are two notable examples the first of which is in Lawrence where the state appointed fiscal overseer Robert Nunes continues to pursue a policy that is a complete discharge of his duty. He refuses to weigh in on what he calls a “personnel matter” with officers of the Lawrence PD who have been leveled criminal indictments and in one case a conviction and yet continue to receive their salaries to a tune of $270,000 per year. Though the specific line of authority leads to William Lantigua, Mayor of Lawrence to terminate those salaries which is aligned with Commonwealth statutes that require suspension of salaries in such case, inaction reigns. The Mayor’s refusal to act incubates a transgression against the people of Lawrence but also all Massachusetts taxpayers since 70% of the city’s $76.3 budget is subsidized by the Commonwealth. This is a remarkable condition because there are two levels of authority that should compel the Governor to lead those in charge- to lead! State law is very clear; if a public employee is indicted or convicted of criminal charges salaries must be suspended. Secondly in Lawrence’s case, the State legislature approved the appointment of Nunes as fiscal overseer in March , 2010. Even without a state law which effectively overrules the Mayor’s current inaction the Governor should remind Nunes that he is vested with the responsibility to protect the financial resources of the city. .
Regarding the swirling reports of a miscarriage of justice perpetrated by chemist Annie Dookhan of the state’s crime lab facility . “It’s a total failure of the chain of command. The governor has to know his appointees are doing their jobs, and the appointees need to watch their own people,” said David Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, a conservative think tank. Mr. Tuerck understates the obvious. At the very least you have incompetence and a lack of basic management controls, but at worse and what is far more likely is that a state government replete with politically favored appointed positions creates ripe conditions for malfeasance and corruption. We witnessed the same degradations with the Probation department 18 months ago. As of this writing the Governor’s official public response to this crises ; silence
It is without precedent that his Governor presides over an administration that has failed in every possible way in upholding their sworn duty to defend the enlightened principles of ” the commonwealth”. In effect those inclined to prosecute tyranny and anarchy are enabled with this administration.
This dereliction of duty will continue to flourish until such time that through intense scrutiny and a collective effort of citizens a zero tolerance of corruption and incompetence is corrected through the ballot box by replacing the current administration with those aligned with the public’s interest.
Joe D’Amore writes from Groveland