Five Things you should know today October 2, 2012

1. Another day, still no word on the law license controversy from Attorney David Kravitz

Another day, still no word on the law license controversy from David Kravits.  Kravitz an editor and founder of Blue Mass Group is also an attorney.  He clerked for Sandra Day O’Connor at the Supreme Court of the United States.  

He is usually the first person to opine on legal issues as they enter the public sphere.  He has been silent since the fact that Warren is not licensed to practice in Massachusetts became known.

The cat must have his tounge.  I have a feeling thought that the cat’s name is Doug Rubin.

2. BMG says, hey Tierney may be corrupt, but it’s really important Pelosi is speaker

Our friend Charley Blandy over at Blue Mass Group stated that, well yes Congressman Tierney may be corrupt, but hey he’ll vote for Pelosi, so hold your nose.  Vote Tierney, You Just Gotta is the name of the post.  

Let’s deal with the ethical question first and foremost. I am not an expert on the Tierney tax case; I am not an accountant. I am happy to hear from, and be swayed by the opinions, of either. But as far as I can tell, there is no clear-cut case that shows that Tierney must have known that his brothers-in-law were engaged in illegal activity. Is it plausible that he knew? Sure it is. Is it plausible that he didn’t? Also yes. He can’t prove his innocence any more than his brothers-in-law can prove his guilt. The prosecutors didn’t try to nail him. So there you have it.

But the elephant in the room is control of the US House of Representatives, which is now in play. If Richard Tisei is elected, the first and most important vote he will take is for John Boehner as Speaker of the House and Eric Cantor as majority leader – which also means Republicans in control of House committees:

It’s not surprising, they are the guys after all that help keep the Beacon Hill Machine in Power.

3. LG Murray’s Buddy Mike McLaughlin in deeper trouble

The Boston Globe has uncovered that Mike McGlaughlin, the illegal fundraiser for Tim Murray, diverted federal money for his own use.  The Boston Globe has the story.

Former Chelsea housing chief Michael E. McLaughlin appears to have diverted millions in federal money from construction projects for low-income family and elderly housing, records show, freeing up an enormous slush fund that benefited himself, his family, and his friends, while leaving tenants to make do in dreary apartments that have not been updated in 50 years or more.

A Globe review of almost $9 million in federal funding paid to McLaughlin’s agency since 2002 found that more than $3.5 million of it was slated for projects that were not done, despite written promises to use the money to pay for new kitchen cabinets, baseboard heating, boilers, elevators, waterproofing, and other capital improvements.

Instead money went to ­lavish salaries and travel, to poorly documented everyday expenditures such as $530,000 paid to the city of Chelsea for trash pickup, and more unusual expenses such as the $165,000 the authority paid a social service agency that hired McLaughlin’s son Matthew to oversee maintenance work at the authority.

I wonder if Blue Mass Group thinks you gotta Vote Murray. You just gotta?

4. Lowell continues to be the center of the universe

Ask any Lowellian they’ll tell you, Lowell is the de facto center of the universe.  And last night it certainly was and the Lowell Sun has the story.

As U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Lowell Democrat, put it late Monday: “Lowell was the center of the universe tonight.”

Gregory’s colleague, NBC News’ Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, tweeted photos of the crowd surrounding the arena before the debate. “Biggest pre debate crowd for senate race I’ve seen,” O’Donnell tweeted from the account @KellyO.

Local political figures could be seen among the hundreds outside, with Lowell City Councilors Marty Lorrey and Vesna Nuon rallying the troops for Warren.

Niki, not just last night but every night.

5. Globe: Romney overcame similar deficit in 2002

A very good story in today’s Boston Globe regarding the 2002 Romney race and how his debate performnces closed the gap.

There are many ways in which Romney’s flagging 2012 presidential campaign is different from his gubernatorial race of a decade ago. He’s fighting on multiple fronts, in multiple states, with an electoral map to victory that veers from difficult to daunting. And he’s facing an incumbent president with ample political skills and resources.

Yet, the parallels can be instructive.

Several weeks after Romney, with no primary opponent, officially became the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002, a late September poll showed he had not only lost his lead but had slipped six points behind his Democratic opponent, state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien.

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