BOSTON (CBS) – Before heading to federal prison, former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is taking a few parting shots at the casino legislation that passed last week.

DiMasi, who fought against casinos during his tenure as House Speaker, noted the “irony” that the bill passed right before his sentence began.

“The irony that the casino culture prevailed after so many years just one week before I traveled to Kentucky is certainly not lost on me,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Read: DiMasi’s Full Statement (.pdf)

According to The State House News Service, DiMasi’s wife previously claimed that her husband’s opposition to casino legislation led to his downfall.

DiMasi, who was sentenced to eight years in prison on corruption charges, was due to report to prison by 12 p.m. on Nov. 30.

In the statement released a day earlier, DiMasi went on to reassert his innocence and vowed to continue his legal fight.

“I remain outraged that my reputation, my integrity and my good name have been sullied by this process,” he said. I will do everything in my power to earn back those things in the coming years,” the statement read.

Comments (4)
  1. timma says:

    bye Sal, hope you get Raaaaaapped,,,,,,,,,,, like you did to us

    1. donny says:

      “I remain outraged that my reputation, my integrity and my good name have been sullied by this process,” he said.


      You’re NOT a victim, Sal – you’re a criminal.

      YOU did this to YOURSELF!

  2. donny says:

    So now Sal’s a VICTIM who’s been SULLIED BY THIS PROCESS…

    Uh, no, Sal, actually you’re a convicted criminal.

  3. buddy says:

    Of course he’s upset. He hasn’t got his hands in on this to reep back millions in benefits and securing jobs for his cronies. I am glad he’s going to jail. He is a bully who violated the trust of the folks in the Commonwealth.

    The prison he’s going to is a country club for white collar criminals. Three square meals a day all at the behest of the tax payers. Kentucky should take out a lien on his house to pay abck the cost of his incarceration.

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