BOSTON -- A top House Democrat is acknowledging that the new Republican Administration has "changed the direction of this Commonwealth" for the better and lashed out at the failed leadership of former Governor Deval Patrick (D). At a hearing today, Angelo Scaccia - the Dean of the Massachusetts House of Representatives - offered sharp criticism of the previous Democratic Administration's handling of key issues in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services: "I thought the previous administration stunk, and I don't think they knew what they were doing and I don't think they cared," Scaccia said.
House Dean Swipes At Patrick Admin, House Colleagues
State House News Service
By Matt Murphy
MEDFORD, MASS., FEB. 22, 2016.....The longest serving member of the House dished out harsh criticism of the previous Democratic administration on Monday and lamented that he and his colleagues have been increasingly detached from the nitty-gritty of budgeting as power has been consolidated in a select few in leadership positions.
Rep. Angelo Scaccia, a Readville Democrat and the dean of the Massachusetts House, said one of the reasons he decided to show up in Medford at a hearing on Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2017 budget was to compliment Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
"I think this administration for the last year, or 14 months now, has been not only surprisingly doing well, but they've changed the direction of this Commonwealth," Scaccia said, calling Sudders "the best of the litter" of Baker's picks for cabinet and senior leadership posts.
Discussing his renewed confidence executive leadership at HHS, Scaccia said, "I thought the previous administration stunk, and I don't think they knew what they were doing and I don't think they cared."
Baker, a Republican, took over in 2015 for Democrat Deval Patrick, who was governor for eight years.