NEWTON (CBS/AP) – Sen. Scott Brown says federal corruption charges against former state House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi are the result of one-party rule by Massachusetts Democrats.

See: Latest on the DiMasi Trial

The Republican senator spoke Sunday at commencement ceremonies at Lasell College in Newton. He said DiMasi was enabled by what the senator called a go-along-to-get-along attitude of a one-party state.

“I don’t quite frankly care if you’re a Democrat or Republican. Just as one political party can’t be right 100% of the time, it shouldn’t have 100% of the power,” said Sen. Brown.

Brown, who is up for re-election next year, said unchallenged power grows arrogant and has resulted in several cases of graft.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

DiMasi, a Democrat, is accused of steering two lucrative contracts to a software firm in exchange for $65,000 in illegal payments. He and two co-defendants have pleaded not guilty.

“The one-party rule is creating a culture of corruption,” said Sen. Brown.

Brown told audience members that the trial will not end corruption in the state. He urged audience members to use their votes to bring change if they believe the system has failed.

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Comments (9)
  1. p2 says:

    A college commencement is not the time to be talking partisan politics. I am happy that I was not one of the graduating students. Give politics a rest, when our youth are celebrating the end of their four years of hard work. There are more appropriate places for this kind of speech. Give it a rest when the kids and their family are celebrating..

    1. blackbear1 says:

      p2 I actually agreew/you. However, the reality is that commencement addresses have traditionaly been political speaches. I cannot be naive to think that any speaker will not do otherwise. Also Senator Brown was not talking partisan politics, rather, he was talking ABOUT partisan politics and it’s residual effects.

  2. ray says:

    give it a rest = let it happen.turn a blind eye.typical mass. policy p2 and ilk help it happen. scott,while not the best ,need to change this.otherwise we have many more corrupt midgets.

  3. J234 says:

    Scott Brown 2012

  4. blackbear1 says:

    p2, I actually agree w/you. However the reality is that any commencement speaker is going to give a political speech. It would be naive to think the graduates would be recieving a celebretory type address. Senator Brown was not talking partisan politics, he was talking ABOUT partisan politics.

  5. eddwal50 says:

    well he is right 3 speakers in a row have been indicted what does that say

  6. msw says:

    Giving his partisan political views at a college commencement is obviously inappropriate. But Scotty does get an “A” for consistency- Always inappropriate. He cracks me up pretty much daily – Go Scotty!

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