Deval plays the patronage game as well as the rest of them

In the great film classic Casablanca, Major Renault makes the following statement when confrounted with the idea that gambling is occurring right under his nose..”I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”

Well I’m shocked, shocked to find out that the choir boy, otherwise known as Deval Patrick plays the patronage game about as well as the rest of the slugs on Beacon Hill. Why would we pay a parole board chair $120k? How many hours per week do they even meet?

From the new paper of record, the Herald.

The board’s $120,000-a-year chairman, Mark Conrad – a former Milton police officer who was Gov. Deval Patrick’s campaign driver – did not return a phone call and was not at home last night. He has donated $600 to Patrick’s campaign, including a maximum $500 donation in 2009.

Conrad, who was appointed to the board by Patrick in 2007, was one of six members who voted unanimously to release Cinelli.

He was confirmed by the Governor’s Council over the objection of member Mary-Ellen Manning. In a 2007 letter opposing Conrad’s appointment, Manning wrote: “The laissez-faire approach of the Patrick administration to the makeup of the Parole Board and the public safety concerns impacted should cause great concern.”

A Patrick spokesman said, “This was a tragic event, and the governor’s thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Maguire’s family and colleagues. We are awaiting the completion of the review of the Parole Board’s decision before making any comments relative to next steps.”…

About David Whelan

  • elections have results.the democrats won they have a right to appoint anyone they want to any patronage job they want.if the general public has had enough then they would have voted for change,the public stuck with the status in quo and will have to live with that decision.except of course the police officer killed by cinelli!

  • …about his recent moves to consolidate various state and quasi public agencies since his reelection.

    Among Patrick’s recent moves, which were highlighted just this week:

    “Patrick has used his political muscle liberally since his victory on Nov. 2, quashing a pay raise for Thomas Kinton, chief executive of the Massachusetts Port Authority; pushing former US representative Martin T. Meehan out of contention for the University of Massachusetts presidency; and ousting Nick Paleologos from his job running the state film agency. Last week, David Perini, commissioner of the state Division of Capital Asset Management, announced he will retire from the agency he has headed for a decade.”

    David, you seem to have a very big blind spot when it comes to Patrick.  Yes, he makes mistakes and I have real issues in terms of his actions vs his behavior.  But give him credit where credit is due and lately he’s been making moves you should be praising–yet you can’t bring yourself to acknowledging this.  

  • Was he also a patronage hire?

  • Per the Lowell Sun

    Conrad’s wife, Jacqueline, was also appointed by Patrick to the board of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority and played a role in the controversial hiring of Sen. Marian Walsh to a long-vacant position that Walsh ultimately declined under mounting political pressure.

    (Lowell Sun Tuesday, April 14, 2009)

    Yes, Deval has done some swell things, but the not so good ones are pretty hard to ignore. He’s a liar and a fraud.

    Screw the taxpayers!

  •    In the Democratic Dictionary, ethics reform means stuff your pockets as fast as you can! The Republicans are coming!