Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua is under fire for double dipping at the public payroll and corruption. Even the Globe is on his case. Today’s editorial is titled “A mayor’s selfishness puts Lawrence at risk.” http://www.boston.com/bostongl… Yes, that is a Democrat that they are talking about.
It is important to remember that Willie Lantigua, like Diane Wilkerson, was the candidate of the Democratic establishment. Big time Democratic pols bent over backwards for Lantigua in a close race with James Abdoo.
Who can forget that classic robocall from Deval Patrick asking to “shape the future of your government” by casting “your vote for Diane Wilkerson”? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… Meanwhile Ms. Wilkerson was “shaping” alright, shaping her bustline … with cash.
Now that Mr. Lantigua is shaping up to be another corrupt pol, http://www.eagletribune.com/pu… http://www.eagletribune.com/pu… let’s take a walk down memory lane at his endorsements from big time Dems.
Lt. Governor Tim Murray couldn’t think of anyone better to lead the growing, dynamic city of Lawrence when he endorsed Lantigua in the on-partisan mayor’s race. BTW: If Lawrence is growing and dynamic, why do they need a $35 million bailout from the rest of us? http://www.eagletribune.com/pu…
“As a former mayor, I know first hand how important it is for cities and towns to have strong leaders to protect critical priorities such as public safety, jobs and education during these difficult times,” said Murray, who previously served as mayor of Worcester. “I’ve worked hand-in-hand with Rep. Lantigua at the State House for nearly three years now and can’t think of a better person to lead the growing, dynamic City of Lawrence.“
Governor Deval Patrick had this to say about Lantigua: http://www.eagletribune.com/pu…
Looking on was Gov. Deval Patrick. “It reflects how ready the people of the city and the commonwealth are,” Patrick said after the ceremony. “Willy was exactly right about the changes that need to be made and we’ll make sure that we’re there to help.“
And the feeling was mutual as big time Dems like Martha Coakley were glad to accept the endorsement of Mr. Lantigua: http://www.marthacoakley.com/n…
So now that things are not shaping up as expected in the “growing, dynamic” city of Lawrence, how long do you think it will take for these big time Dems to start backing off from Mr. Lantigua?