Below is a Press Release received from the Massachusetts Republican Assembly:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Contact: Mary Lou Daxland – 508-237-2778, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Republican Assembly Demands Governor Charlie Baker End His Culture of Corruption, Matthew Sisk’s Resignation from Public Post and Party Committee.
Matthew Sisk’s misuse of funds part of broader pattern of Baker behavior.
“What a surprise,” MARA National Director Brian Kennedy said upon learning that Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Matthew Sisk had misused government resources to throw a party. “The same Baker Administration that previously employed Jim Conroy – made infamous for attempting to influence the Republican State Committee races on public time – has yet another apparatchik who can’t seem to figure out the public’s dime and the public’s time are not slush funds for their personal and political adventures.” Conroy previously served as one of the governor’s chief advisors and is no longer employed by the Baker Administration; however, he still serves an advisory role in some of the governor’s political initiatives.
Sisk was suspended after WCVB’s Five Investigates discovered Sisk and DCR Commissioner Leo Roy used state resources to throw a private party on July 3rd. The party itself was held at 250 Beacon Street, a building owned by Republican National Committeeman Ron Kauffman, where Kauffman also resides.
“I’m genuinely curious. Don’t people usually end up in jail for stealing taxpayer resources instead of this ‘it’s all cool if he pays it back’ thing? And is Sisk going to meet the same fate as Conroy – that is, he’ll shift from strongly influencing the Governor with a taxpayer funded paycheck to strongly influencing the Governor from the Dreaded Private Sector or, perhaps, he’ll just get demoted to a pettier office? Just some questions to consider given business as usual on ‘Baker Hill.’” Kennedy concluded.
MARA President Mary Lou Daxland added “This is particularly disgraceful because Matthew Sisk also serves as a Republican State Committee Member and Chair of the By-Laws Committee, the Committee which writes intra-party rules. How can someone who writes our party rules be caught violating state ethics? In a building owned by the National Committeeman no less! It’s a disgrace to our Party!”
Sisk received Governor Baker’s endorsement for State Committee during the Governor’s unprecedented attempt to take over the Party in its intra-party races, with multiple mailings and phone calls funded through a PAC that raised and spent over a million dollars in undisclosed funds. Many of the governor’s endorsement mailers claimed that his endorsed candidates would fight the culture of corruption on Beacon Hill.
“That’s a laugh,” Daxland said. “Governor Baker raises and funnels all this shadow money to his State Committee endorsees, many of whom were state employees – and behold, here they are embodying the very corruption the governor claimed they would fight!”
In a frightening parallel, Sisk led the charge for the Republican State Committee to remove a provision from its party bylaws requiring an annual audit.
“Part of the reason you have an audit is to identify inappropriate uses of funds like the one Sisk just engaged in,” Daxland noted.
The Massachusetts Republican Assembly calls on Governor Baker to terminate the employment of Leo Roy and Matthew Sisk, and further calls on Sisk to resign as a Republican State Committee Member.
“Our Party cannot continue to be embarrassed by Baker Employees like Conroy and Sisk. It will be the best combined Quarter-of-a-Million dollars the governor ever saved the Commonwealth to see Sisk follow Conroy out the door – and not just to a closet or another desk where they still ‘advise’ the Governor. Sisk’s actions are totally unacceptable and mar our State Government as well as our State Committee. His actions are an insult to every honest state worker, and it’s a tragedy that these abuses happen while teachers and MBTA workers get laid off because of ‘insufficient revenue,’ we’re told. ” Daxland finished.
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