Governor Returns Home From Trade Mission To Criticism

By Peg Rusconi, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) — Calling his 10-day trade mission productive and successful, Governor Patrick returned home to questions about jobs lost.

The eleven hundred jobs Fidelity Investments plans to move from Marlboro to other New England states.

“I want them to say that to my face and I want them, I want to see whether there’s something we can do,” said the governor.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

A Fidelity spokesman says the decision is based on the need to consolidate real estate, and that Fidelity is still a major employer in Massachusetts.

But the governor didn’t see it coming.

“I’m not just disappointed, I’m frustrated, because the leadership of Fidelity has been in my office within the period when they were supposedly teed up to move on this.”

WBZ NewsRadio Mark Katik reports.

It wasn’t the only news that caught the governor off-guard during his time away. He says his transportation secretary has apologized for keeping the governor and the public uninformed about a light fixture that fell in a Big Dig tunnel.

“It’s as concerning to me as it was to you and the general public that I wasn’t told until, what was it, six weeks after the light that fell and it’s concerning to Secretary (Jeffrey) Mullan, who quite appropriately apologized.”

The governor says he has total confidence in Mullan.

On Wednesday, Mullan disclosed at a news conference that a 110-pound light fixture fell from a tunnel ceiling six weeks ago, which triggered the inspection of thousands of Big Dig fixtures. No one was hurt, and officials believe corrosion from weather and salt caused the problem.

Asked if he thought the news about the lost jobs and failed light fixture affect the perception that he can effectively manage the state while traveling, the governor answered, “I’m in touch with my cabinet routinely and was through the trip. This isn’t some disengagement, by the way, I was working for the commonwealth during this trip and doing what is on the minds of most people, which is everything we can to grow jobs in Massachusetts.”

He plans to meet with Fidelity leaders next week.

  • Charlie

    Keep having height restrictions and all the companies will leave, welcome to 2011

  • Weld

    Why did he have to come back?

  • emom

    WHy cant he stay put, I mean what purpose did it service this state to actually go over seas, will it create jobs here, NO< will we have less on welfare NO< will it save jobs, IN NO FREAKING WAY NO, all he cares about is how to help those that cant help them selves, and in the mean time this state self destructs, great more unemployeed and HE IS SURPRISES,, hey gov get your darn head out of your backside open those ears and eyes and LISTEN TO YOUR TAX PAYERS THEY ARE IN TROUBLE, OR DO YOU NOT CARE DO YOU WANT US TO BEG YOU OR DO YOU WANT A REVOLT OF YOUR PEOPLE, STUPID AND SO GIVING A DARN IS NOT HELPING THE PEOPLE THAT PAY YOUR SALARY,, GET TO WORK AND FIX THIS STATE NEVER MIND YOUR DARN POCKETS,,,,

  • smile22

    He goes overseas to get companies to come expand (do business in) Massachusetts.

  • emom

    SURE and then they leave and go back over seas,, WHAT purpose does that even serve this state, Too many companies now have left , in the process or are thinking of leaving… pretty soon there will be no jobs left that are descent and then we will be the THIRD WORLD,, I say stop the companies from even thinking of leaving,,, or make them pay back every thing.

  • UnionMan

    Governor Fluff. Jane Swift had more balls than him.

  • bob

    Why hasn’t he fired the new state employee that soaks the state over $100,000 per year for a newly created job without decreasing the taxpaying burden amongst the 51% of the taxpayers

  • emom

    Why cant he LOWER the tax burden permantly, i MEAN HE IS SO INTENT TO CREATE JOBS, well employers wont hire if things cost so much , so how about it. This state has gone to you know where, and he does not even care as long as he gets our money and puts us out of work. BIG JERK HE IS.

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