ICYMI: Probation Verdict “A Stain On Beacon Hill,” Dems “Scurry” Away From Media


July 25, 2014

Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON Democrats ran away from media yesterday after the guilty verdict came down in the Probation Department trial, apparently afraid to utter something that could be used against them in a court of law. Even the Chariman of MassDems who normally takes every opportunity to throw stones at Republicans shrank from the bright lights of local TV.

“The dodging of answering questions from the media by Democratic lawmakers just goes to show that the Democrats clearly want to stay as far away from this issue that they possibly can,” said Kirsten Hughes MassGOP chairman. “The reality remains that many Democratic lawmakers, allegedly, are involved and since Attorney General Martha Coakley refuses to take action against the unindicted co-conspirators, then it is up to the voters to end the corruption on Beacon Hill by electing new leaders.”

The Boston Herald’s Erin Smith: “State lawmakers ducked and dodged questions about yesterday’s guilty verdict in the Probation patronage trial — with some even scampering away down the halls of the State House or skulking out back exits.”

“Many lawmakers who made the probation job recommendations wouldn’t comment yesterday.

“State Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) hustled away down the hallway, telling reporters he couldn’t comment because, ‘I’ve been in (Senate) session all day.’

“State Rep. Michael Moran (D-Brighton) declined comment, while state Reps. David Linsky (D-Natick), Kevin Honan (D-Brighton) and Harold Naughton Jr. (D-Clinton) didn’t return calls yesterday.”

(Erin Smith, “Pols scurry off Hill after court shocker,” The Boston Herald, July 25, 2014)

The Boston Globe’s Mike Levenson: “One had his phone pressed to his ear. Another ran up a staircase, saying he had to go a meeting. A third just smiled and waved as he raced into a colleague’s office.

“After a federal jury found Thursday that officials in the state Probation Department had hired politically connected candidates to curry favor with legislators, it was hard to find anyone on Beacon Hill who was willing to speak out. Outside the Senate chamber, senators insisted they had to be somewhere else, had not read the verdict, or were busy with other business.

“The silence illustrated the pall the trial has cast over the State House — which has long operated in a culture of patronage and loyalty — and reignited the central question of how much will change in the way business is done on Beacon Hill.”

(Mike Levenson, “Outcome brings few words from lawmakers”, The Boston Globe, July 24, 2014)

“Sen. Tom McGee, chair of @massdems, says no comment. ‘I’ve been in session all day.’ #probation” (Twitter 7/24/2014).

“0-4 so far. Four Democratic senators. Four refusals to comment on #probation. Smiles and waves. That’s it. #mapoli” (Twitter 7/24/2014).

WGBH’S Sarah Birnbaum: “Democrats ducked comment one by one as they came out of the chamber.” (Sarah Birnbaum, “State House Democrats Silent On Probation Conviction,” WGBH, 7/24/13)

WCVB’S Karen Anderson: “‘Disingenuous and inaccurate’ – Independent Counsel Paul Ware describing a statement by Speaker DeLeo after probation verdict #wcvb” (Twitter, 7/24/2014).

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo — the fourth Beacon Hill speaker to be ensnared in a corruption case — is in a fight for his political life after a jury found a former Probation commissioner guilty yesterday of fixing hires in a case that heavily name-checked DeLeo.”

(Hillary Chabot, “Case stains State House, DeLeo’s reputation,” The Boston Herald, July 25, 2014).


Statement Regarding Probation Trial Verdict

July 24, 2014

Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON — Today, the MassGOP Chairman, Kirsten Hughes released the following statement regarding the Probation Trial verdict:

“What kind of rotten atmosphere exists on Beacon Hill that forced public employees to break federal law and commit conspiracy and wire fraud in order to appease a Legislature dominated by Democrats in exchange for budget increases? Today’s guilty verdict proves that it’s time to end politics as usual here in the Commonwealth. Since Attorney General Martha Coakley refuses to take action against the unindicted co-conspirators, then it is up to the voters to end the corruption on Beacon Hill by electing new leaders.”


ICYMI: “State’s Top Cop Caught Parking in Tow Zone”

July 23, 2014    

Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON –  If you can’t stand the cost and hassle of trying to park in downtown Boston, you are not alone. Attorney General Martha Coakley apparently has trouble finding a spot, but luckily her elected office affords her the ability to break the law and avoid paying to park like the rest of us. Monday she was caught on video parking illegally, again, this time just steps away from a convenient garage.

State’s top cop caught parking in tow zone
Fox 25 / My Fox Boston
Sharman Sacchetti
July 22, 2014

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The state’s top cop has been caught parking in a tow zone, again.

While candidate for governor Martha Coakley was attending the Women’s Bar Association Law Clerk and Intern Reception on High Street in Boston. A tracker for the Massachusetts Republican Party took a video of Coakley’s vehicle in a commercial zone, even though there is a parking garage attached to the building where she was attending the event.

The space is a commercial zone between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The video shows the time as 6:36 p.m.

Coakley travels with a security detail in a state-issued vehicle.. Back in May, GOP political trackers took video of her parked in two separate spaces clearly marked as tow zones reserved for the Boston Fire Department. At the time she was attending fundraisers. Her campaign said decisions about her protection were made by the state police. A spokesman for the state police said it was necessary to have the cruiser as close to the destination as possible.

The Mass. GOP released a statement Tuesday saying that parking in Boston is a “pain” and that Coakley breaks the rules.

“Tow zones, pricey garages, and you can never find a spot, unless of course you are Martha Coakley. We knew Martha was out of touch when she laughed at the prospect of shaking hands at Fenway Park. Now her decision to continue to do as she pleases while the rest of us circle the block or pay up to park, proves she thinks the rules don’t apply to her,” the statement read.

Click here to read the full story.


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As you have read in the headlines, the Democrats are finding it hard to stay afloat in the midst of the Probation scandal. Numerous Democrats on Beacon Hill are being accused of receiving campaign kick-backs in exchange for Probation jobs. This kind of political corruption is simply unacceptable.

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Low Profile In Courage: Coakley “Silent” On Illegal Immigrant Influx

July 15, 2014    

Emmalee Kalmbach
617-523-5005 ext. 245

BOSTON – The Commonwealth’s top law enforcement official, Martha Coakley, is refusing to speak about the massive influx of illegal aliens entering Massachusetts.  Although she famously proclaimed it wasn’t “illegal to be illegal” and supports drivers’ licenses for undocumented aliens, Coakley has thus far turned a blind eye to the situation and avoided media questions.

“Martha Coakley supports giving drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants, but she has been silent about the influx of illegal immigrants in Massachusetts, “ said Kirsten Hughes. “The people of Massachusetts have a right to hear from their attorney general, who wants to be governor, about her thoughts on the relocation of illegal immigrants to the Bay State.  For her to dodge questions and refuse to speak publicly is a disservice to the public and a clear sign she is not ready to lead Massachusetts.”


Coakley is hiding from the press regarding the influx off illegal immigrants in Massachusetts. “Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley was silent on the issue Monday, but her primary opponent Steve Grossman defended the transfers.” (Janet Wu, “Sheriffs speak out on planeloads of detainees,” WCVB, 7/15/14)

Other law enforcement officials, including GOP Sheriffs have spoken out on the issue. (Owen Boss, Joe Dwinell, “llegal immigrants flown to Bay State,” The Boston Herald, 7/13/14) 

Martha Coakley touted her flip-flop, on drivers’s licenses for illegal immigrants for political gain. “Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general and candidate for governor, said Tuesday that she’s ‘open’ to the possibility of licensing undocumented immigrants to drive in Massachusetts, softening her position on an issue her rival Steve Grossman soughtTuesday to use as a wedge between the Democrats.” (Matt Murphy, “Martha Coakley open to idea of driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants,” SHNS, 3/11/14)