Keller: Governor’s View Of Corruption

BOSTON (CBS ) – In the wake of the revolting Probation department scandal, do you still doubt that there’s an entire generation of people in power in this state who’ve concluded that public service is about enriching themselves first, and serving the public a distant second, if it registers at all?

Do you agree with Gov. Patrick that, while there may be isolated pockets of corruption in the public sector here, that public confidence is being eroded by irresponsible news media who “paint with too broad a brush” when we report on it?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, I urge you to check out the front-page story in yesterday’s Globe.

Reporter Sean Murphy found out that Middlesex County Sheriff Jim DiPaola, just days before winning another six-year term in that $123,000-a-year job, had taken out retirement papers. Under a loophole in the apparently-still-loophole-ridden state pension laws, if he didn’t take his paycheck for a couple of months after filing for retirement, he could start pocketing his $98,500 annual pension as well as the sheriff’s salary – in essence, a nifty 80 percent pay hike. All perfectly legal under our corrupted pension law, as DiPaolo pointed out to Murphy when he initially called him on it.

But after what he claims was a sleepless night contemplating how the story would play, DiPaolo changed his mind, telling the Globe that he didn’t want to be remembered as a double-dipper, and that instead he will resign his post and make do with that fat pension.

How selfless. Of course, the voters of Middlesex County will now be represented in the sherriff’s office for six years by a political appointee of the governor. We’ll see if that’s an improvement over the stewardship of a man who apparently cared little for the job itself, just its financial benefits. And please note how this lovely tale of public-sector greed would never have come to light if the press hadn’t been wielding its broad brush.

Incredibly, the governor doubts there are many stories like this. Do you?

Listen to Jon Keller’s comentary here:

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  1. Sean Fitzgerald says:

    Suggest you check the rules for appointment. It is a two-year, interim appointment by the Governor, then election to fill out the six-year term in 2012. If you’re going to act like a perfectionist, then be perfect in your story.

  2. Larry Drake says:

    Anyone who cannot see that corruption is rampant in the Commonwealth is either naive or part of the problem. This story, along with the probation department story, and the sherriff’s department story than ran in the Attleboro Sun Chronicle yesterday all speak to wide-spread corruption (or al least the “what’s in it for me?” attuitude of elected and appointed officials). Add to these stories, names like Finneran, Bulger, DeMasi, ad nauseum, (you get the idea), and you’ve got proof that no one cares about the unconnected in this state. But, what surprises me is that the voters continue to return these “crooks” to office!

  3. BLACKBEAR says:

    i WATCHED THE GOV’S RESPONSE TO KELLER’S QUESTION RE:” A CULTURE OF CORRUPTION”.. HE DID NOT GIVE A GOOD RESPONSE AT ALL. HE AND HIS COHORTS ARE EITHER DISHONEST OR THEY HAVE A VISION COMPLETELY UNLIKE THAT OF THE AVERAGE VOTER/CITIZEN.. ALSO THEY IMPOSE THIS VIEW ON US. BUT, HE IS WEAK AND A PUPPET OF THE LEGISLATURE AND WE THE PEOPLE REELECTED HIM AS WELL AS OTHERS LIKE JOHN TEIRNEY AND BARNEY FRANK. IT CONTINUES TO PERPETUATE ITSELF.

  4. willicker says:

    The people who we ‘elect’ are autocrats. They do not believe in Democracy. They look at the Connstitution and the laws of the land as mutable tools for them to assert their will.

    We have what is almost facism. The thing about facists is that they are always charming as they tell you what they are going to do for your own good. LIke Duvall.
    Charming. Handsome. Currupt.

  5. Cynic says:

    C-mon Gov…You don’t have any friends on the Payroll?

  6. Stephen Stein says:

    That Globe story made me sick. Portraying DiPaola’s change of heart about his double-dip scheme as an “attack of conscience” doesn’t pass the laugh OR the smell test. Shame on the Globe for playing it that way. But kudos to the Globe for getting on this story, and staying on the probation department story.

    And I agree with you, Jon, the Governor’s position is dubious as well. Patrick should NOT be complaining about “irresponsible news media”, he should be cheering them on, and ready with a shovel helping root out such corruption.

    The period after an intense election is often a time for a nice nap. Thanks, Jon and Globe reporters for not napping now.

  7. Mark Robichaud says:

    Deval has his head in the clouds, but his feet never touch the ground. These pols no matter what they say cannot be believed. But the sheep who keep voting them in again & again are the real problem.

  8. Mr. Whipple says:

    In the private sector it’s called business and in the public sector it’s known as corruption.

    1. Mike Hanlon says:

      But in the private sector it comes out of company profits. In the public sector, it comes out of my pocket. see the difference yet? I didn’t think so.

  9. Rob says:

    “To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government …”
    – Mark Twain

  10. taxedout says:

    24% of the women in this state voted for the Gov…There Can’t be any of these kinds of things going on here. Arn’t your Taxes Supposed to go up on everything every year???? As long as we are moving in the right direction I have no problem

  11. J B Gabriel says:

    There may not be corruption, but there is plenty of deceit.

    Why don’t we take his excellency Governor Patrick as an example. To my knowledge, Patrick avoided stating during the campaign that he would implement all 131 recommendations in the administrations immigration report. Governor, you should try being a stand-up guy for a change. At the very least, Governor Patrick was sneaky on the illegal immigration issue during the campaign.

    “Observance of the law ensures the rights of man. The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge. It is always simple and direct. That is the reason intrigue always falls under its own weight.” – Calvin Coolidge

  12. FireGuyFrank says:

    You’re familiar with the phrase, “Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a mile”? well… Governor Patrick is channeling his inner George Kavarian, “I am not a hack! You are not a hack!”

    Call it corruption, deceipt, union protection, whatever you wish, it is costing taxpayers millions!

    That said, the only way to stop it is to vote to LOWER taxes. But the voters keep doing the opposite.

    Here’s another phrase that pays, “You get what you paid for.”

  13. BostonIrish says:

    Jon, after seeing what’s gone on with Patrick these last 4 years and watching this state’s political culture does any of this surprise anyone??? And yet he gets in!!! Four more years!!!

  14. TeeKay says:

    It’s an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises–but only performance is reality” Harold S Geneen (1910-1997), CEO of International Telephone & Telegraph Company.
    It doesn’t matter what Patrick says – his performance is deplorable. That’s the reality. An unfortunate reality is that many people got taken by his words, explanations,and promises and now we will pay deeply for the next four years. DUMBOCRATS!

  15. taxedout says:

    What Corruption????

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