Accoding to Andy Metzger’s article from the State House News Service, Senator Pacheco pressured Joe Dooley of Taunton to solicit campaign contributions for his re-election campaign in exchange for preferential hiring at the Juvenile Court Probation Department.
A straight line from “pay” to “play.”
From the article:
Though he did not recall his participation on an interview panel with two judges and another probation official that unanimously ranked Joe Dooley first for the position of chief probation officer in Taunton District Court, Murphy said he probably would not have ranked him first without direction from others.
“I must have been given his name because I would not have ranked him number one, but I don’t remember,” said Murphy. He said, “I do remember stating that he was a smooth talker.”
According to the 2010 report by Independent Counsel Paul Ware, Dooley said Sen. Marc Pacheco, a Taunton Democrat, asked him to solicit political donations, and another probation official said Pacheco sponsored Dooley’s candidacy, saying “if Joe was not the final candidate there would be no appointment.”
A Taunton resident, Dooley was the acting chief when he was hired and had worked in the department since 1978.
Murphy said he never questioned Tavares or former probation legislative liaison Ed Ryan about the names they gave him, but speculated with another official they were advancing names for preferential treatment from the Legislature, which is the prosecution’s theory, too.
Please join with me in working to give Marc Pacheco the heave-ho from office. This kind of patronage abuse has no place in state government, and we have a real chance to send him packing in November.