Karyn Polito Not Out of Hot Water over Alleged Ethics Violation

Losing doesn’t mean that the investigation ends:

The State Ethics Commission is investigating whether state Representative Karyn E. Polito violated the state’s conflict-of-interest law and secured coveted low-number Red Sox license plates for herself, her family, her friends, and supporters, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the agency’s actions.

The Ethics Commission has asked the Registry of Motor Vehicles for plate applications submitted by drivers with ties to Polito from 2002 to the present, according to the sources, who were not authorized to speak for the record.

Using your position of power to hook up friends with undeserved benefits not available to (or cutting in line ahead of) the general public is an ethics violation – even if you personally don’t think it’s a big deal or the benefit isn’t that expensive or even if the individual has an R next to her name.

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