Now, I won’t begrudge anyone the fruits of their labor & I’m not the jealous type. Having a 24-room estate in the Berkshires is quite the accomplishment. Good for you Deval! I’m sure you can really sympathize with those New Bedford & Fall River residents here in the SouthCoast who you like to visit so often. Seriously, if you can afford it then God bless you, have a mansion with a crystal blue moat.
However, the irony of His Excellency, Governor Deval Patrick owning a 3-year-old, $38,000, 20 x 40 foot in-ground pool with an $8,000 cabana while he shutters public pools across the sweltering hot Commonwealth during its hottest period of the summer is simply startling.
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“I’ve never been to his place. I hear it’s beautiful,” said state Rep. Bradley H. Jones Jr. (R-North Reading), who ripped the governor for refusing to reopen pools.
“Quite frankly, it’s a lack of leadership on his part,” Jones said. “I certainly think he should try, but the administration’s attitude seems to be, ‘We’ve made our decision.’ “
But Kevin Sowyrda, spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos, 60, offered Patrick a compromise of sorts.
“Wouldn’t it be nice if he opened up his back yard pool?” Sowyrda asked. “If he wants to be as generous to sunburned constituents as he certainly was ready to be to Sen. Marian Walsh when he tried to create a job for her, he’ll not only open the pool, but he’ll serve pina coladas poolside.”