Gay Marriage Quid Pro Quo? Gov says Let’s Make a Deal.

If true, the Governor’s latest gaffe is troubling.  According to the Boston Herald, the Governor has used the prospect of administration jobs as a carrot to get pro vote on marriage legislators to switch their votes in the upcoming Con-Con.

Supporters of gay marriage said Patrick has worked extremely hard behind the scenes to defeat the proposed ban, and the sources said those efforts have included approaching lawmakers believed to be amenable to a vote switch and telling them they would be considered for administration jobs if they helped defeat the ban.

The governor’s office would not comment, but an administration source said, “That is not the policy of this administration. Hirings are based on the merits and qualifications of the individual candidates.”


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If true this flies in the face of MGL 26A:2.

Section 2.(a) Whoever, directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any state, county or municipal employee, or to any person who has been selected to be such an employee, or to any member of the judiciary, or who offers or promises any such employee or any member of the judiciary, or any person who has been selected to be such an employee or member of the judiciary, to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent:

(l) to influence any official act or any act within the official responsibility of such employee or member of the judiciary or person who has been selected to be such employee or member of the judiciary, or

(2) to influence such an employee or member of the judiciary or person who has been selected to be such an employee or member of the judiciary, to commit or aid in committing, or collude in, or allow, any fraud, or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud on the commonwealth or a state, county or municipal agency, or

(3) to induce such an employee or member of the judiciary or person who has been selected to be such an employee or member of the judiciary to do or omit to do any act in violation of his lawful duty; or

If the promise of a job isn’t “anything of value”, I don’t know what is.  This is just another example, if true, of Deval Patrick not caring about ethics or ethics laws.  The troubling patter n of this administration continues.  Is another Ethics Commission referral coming down the pike?

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