Governor: Fidelity Executives Apologize, Jobs Still Leaving

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Governor Deval Patrick says top Fidelity Investment executives have apologized for the way they handled their announcement that they’re moving more than 1,000 jobs from Massachusetts to Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  But the apology likely won’t change the fact that those jobs are still moving.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports from Beacon Hill

Patrick met Thursday with Abigail Johnson, the president of Fidelity Investments, and group of executives from the company in his Statehouse office.

WBZ-TV’s Political Analyst Jon Keller weighs in on the meeting

After Thursday’s meeting, Johnson told reporters she had a “very nice meeting,” but declined to comment further.

Patrick said last week that he wanted to meet with Fidelity representatives to discuss their plan to relocate the coveted jobs from the company’s Marlborough office.

The governor acknowledged last week he was “not hopeful” of reversing Fidelity’s decision, but he wanted company leaders to “say that to my face.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Patrick, who was on a trade mission when Fidelity made the jobs announcement, said the state wasn’t given a chance to “compete” to keep the jobs.

Read: Keller: Why Did Fidelity Move Jobs?

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  • Wizard

    This is good.
    They should all be given whippings…

  • Terri

    Pay back the tax incentives you received for being here, and just go.

  • alby

    just like the solar panel company,another patrick xxxxup

  • emom

    HOW and WHY< why do we allow these companies to leave, after recieving a tax break , incentive and funds from the tax payers of this state. Then they decide to LEAVE the state for what, CHEAPER property, workers, what next move out of the country, to japan, mexico, canada, or india… REALLY LIKE THAT IS BENIFICIAL to this state or even this country, Who's brain storm idea was it to first allow companies to leave the state , Oh yeah one of tha past presidents either him or his daddy…. REAL BRITE WASNT IT< thanks for nothing

  • BostonIrish

    What an empty display of leadership from Deval. He is ineffective as the governor of Massachusetts. The control at the top in senate and legislature as well as the front office should be dismissed for the sham they are.

  • Warren

    Anyone care to admit that they voted for this guy to be Governor? And not once, but twice.

  • massman

    I’ll admit it Warren. And I’d do it again. When I Iook at all the idiots that were elected at the midterms, I’ll stick with Deval. We could have some moron trying to destroy the public education system. Or we could have elected someone promoting laws allowing concealed weapons on school campuses. Or we could have a Gov. focused on eliminating a women’s right to choose. Or one who signs discriminiatory laws into effect. There are many states for all you teabaggers to live in. Wisconsin, Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Miss., N.J., S. Dakota, Ohio, S.C.,Utah, Texas. I’m sure there’s more. They all sound so appealing. All places where guns, god, and the wealthy matter, and education, middle and lower class, and the environment are mere distractions. So yeah Warren, and the rest of you, I’ll continue to vote blue regardless. I often disagree with many decisions our elected officials on the left make. Then I look at fthe right wing trying to put our country back into the 19th century, and know I’ve made the better choice. Up next, Jon Kellher reports on the numerous job creating bills the newly elected House is working on. Or is it more Mass. bashing?

  • Willow

    Guns, God and the wealthy? Now there are three words you don’t often see grouped together. It isn’t Mass bashing to have a difference of opinion. If we all thought the same there would only be a need for one party. I personally can’t stand Deval. It is what it is.

    • massman

      Yes, god, guns and wealth. You’re going to deny that those terms relate to the GOP? I’m not suprised you have a “personal” problem with Deval. Seems like many teabaggers have a problem with him, and Obama. Probably just coincidence though.

  • BostonIrish

    massman, good for you. It takes a tough person to admit when they’re wrong. Maybe next time you’ll get it right. Because it just isn’t working out very well right now. Oh, that’s right, you said you’d do it again…never mind.

    Take that, you teabaggers.

    • massman

      I don’t recall admitting I’m wrong. I recall stating that Mass. is fortunate enough to not vote idiots in. My bad, I should have stated god, guns, wealth, and ignorance.

  • fred

    Of course massman has to use insults when refering to people who want goverment to do less and want people to take personal responsibility seriously. that’s what the left does When they can’t articulate a coherent thought or even have one they have a tantrum. Fidelity’s agreement was made 15 years ago and they have lived up to the agreement. They still employ thousands in Massachusetts so when senator Montingny tries to grill them and give them a hard time they should reply “How would you like to see 2000 jobs leaving”. The Senator wants to spend 2 billion dollars to build commuter rail from New Bedford to Boston – we can’t even maintain the lines we have now. Most of our politicians have never worked in the real world, never had to worry about the costs of insurance (health, workers comp, un-employement, liability,) property taxes, business taxes, utility costs, meeting a payroll, and the list goes on. They are in no postition to lecture anyone.Let job creators create jobs. The politicians should do what the things they are meant to do like filling pot holes – well they can’t even do that. Cape Wind will be the next Evergreen Solar.

    • massman

      Yes fred, I guess I did use insults. I tend to insult the ignorant, and those that prey upon the ignorant (the right). You should be thankful. Without people like me, our state might elect some bozo like Walker in Wisconsin. So, yes, Patrick is far from perfect. But compared with what is out there, I won’t complain.
      You stayed that “most of our politicians have never worked in the real world”. What is a job in the real world? He was an attorney, and worked for Texaco, Coca-Cola, and Ameriquest. Are those not real jobs? Or does he literally have to fill potholes to qualify? You could probably get a job on FOX with your misinformation though.

      • BostonIrish

        I’m not democrat or republican. I’m hardly a teabagger. Your agressive assertion that those who disagree with you are some rightwing whackos demonstrates your inability to have a meaningful conversation. Stop insulting, start talking. My opinions are valuable to me just as yours are to you. I tried an attempt at humor as I didn’t wish to stoop to your agressive behavior. Show me why these people at the top deserve where they are and then you have a discussion. Patrick’s repeated bungles are proof to me I don’t want him leading my state.

  • fred

    Of cousre assman has this superiority complex that most left wing loons are afflicted with. Yes Patrick was an attorney who went around filing lawsuits against companies that did not hire enough minorities regardless of their qualifications. What positions did he hold at Texaco and Coca Cola that were so important that he would resign in less than two years with Blue Cross like golden parachutes in the millions – oh, and Americaquest, a company that loaned millions to people who could never afford to pay the mortgages off but still managed to give certain lawmakers like Christopher Dodd sweatheart loans. Yes he is some businessman being associated with a prime factor of the mortgage meltdown. You obviously don’t know what the real world is if you think that realists trust either side of the media complex. I get my information from experience (trial and error) -most experts only beccome an expert after they learn from their mistakes. I do not trust anything a politician says because they are beholden to their donors – because i have learned by experience that most (DEMS and REPUB) will say anything to get elected.Since you always vote a straight blue ticket you obviously can’t think for yourself. Patrick will continue to pay homage to the select elites and lip service to everyone else. He and you could never imagine the effort it takes to create a productive job – a job than creates wealth – instead of many (not all) of the jobs in the public sector that suck up of wealth and create debt.

  • BostonIrish

    StephenStein, where are you? At least Stephen converses. I respect that.

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