Bay Windows on Aloisi appointment

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Controversy overshadows historic nature of Aloisi appointment

by Ethan Jacobs

staff reporter

Bay Windows – Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

On Dec. 19 Gov. Deval Patrick made an historic appointment, naming James Aloisi, an attorney at Goulston and Storrs, as his secretary of transportation. When Aloisi is sworn in next month he will be only the second openly gay person ever to serve in a cabinet-level position in Massachusetts; Dan Grabauskas, who served as transportation secretary under former Gov. Mitt Romney, was the first. There has been no shortage of media coverage of the appointment, but surprisingly there has been no mention of Aloisi’s sexual orientation or the fact that he is the first openly gay cabinet member appointed by a Democrat in Massachusetts.

The bulk of press coverage has focused on the controversy surrounding the appointment. Aloisi, who served as assistant secretary of transportation under former Gov. Michael Dukakis and as general counsel to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, has faced criticism across the political spectrum — from the progressives at the blog Blue Mass Group to right-wing columnist and radio host Howie Carr — for his role as one of the key players in the Big Dig.

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