Worcester Superior Court Judge Richard Tucker’s call for a new election in the 6th Worcester District is nothing new. A judge has ordered a special election before, in the year 2000, due to voting irregularities in a race between Larry Wheatley (R) and Matthew Patrick (D). Instead of calling the new election the House, led by Speaker Thomas Finneran, sat the Democrat Patrick, in direct defiance of the Judge.
An article in today’s Boston Globe has me worried about the legislature pulling the exact same thing in this case.
Representative Michael T. Moran, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature’s Election Laws Committee, said the judge’s ruling would now be reviewed by a special House committee of two Democrats and one Republican.
The committee will make a recommendation about next steps to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, he said. “The strongest option is to have a reelection,” Moran said. “But you have to look at everything.”
“It’s fair to say this is extremely, extremely rare, and it poses a whole set of different issues and problems,” Moran said.
The correct answer for Moran would have been, “we have asked the Secretary of State to schedule the election for as early a date as possible.” He did not say that. Leaving the door open to the seating of Alicea.
Speaker Deleo and the rest of the Legislature should know that we the people of Massachsuetts will march on the State House if they pull this again. As recent events in the Middle East have shown 2011 is a whole lot different than 2000 or 2001. Through the internet we can easily organize demonstrations, and they will be held.
Speaker DeLeo, do the right thing.