Rep. Petrolati falling on the sword?

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) is reporting that Rep. Petrolati is stepping down from his position in House Leadership. It doesn’t mention whether he is resigning from the Legislature altogether. There is also no mention as to whether the now-disgraced Representative will continue to lead the redistricting effort in the House.

“After considerable thought and discussion with Representative Petrolati, we have mutually agreed it would be in the best interests of the House of Representatives that he not seek re-appointment to the post of Speaker Pro Tempore when the House reconvenes in January,” DeLeo said in the statement.

It’s apparent that Speaker DeLeo realized how bad the Ware report is making the Legislature look. This is just the first superficial step towards pretending they are serious about getting rid of waste and patronage on Beacon Hill. Petrolati appears to be willing (or he had no choice) to be the scapegoat here. Even though many members of the House and Senate were implicated, look for this attempt to pretend it was just one rogue member to continue.

I believe Petrolati will eventually step down. Having “served” since 1987, he is fully vested in the pension system. If he leaves leadership for good, he will see a significant reduction to his pension.

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