BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick says the overwhelming number of people who work in state government are not, in his words, “goofing off,” in spite of any impressions the public might have from an ongoing federal corruption trial.

The governor is scheduled to testify Friday in the trial of former House Speaker Sal DiMasi and two associates.

WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller on what to expect 

“I’ll answer whatever questions they put to me that I can answer,” Patrick told reporters Thursday.

Asked if his testimony will help or hurt DiMasi, Patrick said, “That’s up to the prosecution. My duty is to show up when asked and to tell the truth.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones has reaction on the DiMasi proceedings

Patrick would not to discuss specifics of the case during his monthly radio appearance Thursday.

But he said it’s unfortunate that allegations made at the trial might confirm some of the worst fears citizens have about government.

Read: Keller @ Large: Why You Should Follow The Trial

He said most people who work on Beacon Hill do their “very best” every day.

DiMasi, Richard McDonough and Richard Vitale are accused of scheming to steer two software contracts to a vendor in exchange for kickbacks.

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Comments (3)
  1. Willow says:

    Some are caught, some are not. That’s the only difference between DiMasi and the rest of the bunch.

  2. Patti Scibilio Williams says:

    Now that Barney Frank came out and said that him making sure his boyfriend had a good job with Fannie Mae is ok because everyone in government makes sure the people they know all have good jobs, simply proves along with this trial just how corrupt this government really is. The sad part is we just keep voting these same corrupt people back into office….or do we? Is our government that corrupt that our vote does not even count and the government actually decides who is in and who is out?

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