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WOBURN — The federal indictment of a longtime Beacon Hill Democrat for alleged financial fraud marks yet another example of how Massachusetts is suffering under one-party rule, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons announced Tuesday.
“Having a Democrat-dominated state Legislature has been a stain on accountability,” Lyons said. “We’ve already seen a conga line of Democratic House speakers indicted, not to mention the disaster that happened under our former Democratic Senate president.
Added Lyons: “We remain the state whose lawmakers are not held accountable to public records laws and open meeting laws. Bringing balance, accountability, and transparency to the state Legislature is something that is well overdue, and restoring that public trust is exactly what the Massachusetts Republican Party is working to accomplish.”
Three Democratic House speakers in a row — Charles Flaherty, Tom Finneran, and Sal DiMasi — were successfully prosecuted, while a fourth, current House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, narrowly avoided federal charges in 2014 after a former Massachusetts Probation Department chief was indicted for, among other actions, bribing DeLeo at least 10 times, “in part to help him as he began his successful campaign to become speaker in 2009,” according to news reports.
In 2017, then-state Sen. Brian Joyce, a Democrat, was charged with raking in more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks that he “laundered through his law firm,”according to a Boston Globe report.
In May 2018, then-Senate President Stan Rosenberg resigned after an ethics report tied to his then-husband Bryon Hefner’s pattern of sexual assault involving Beacon Hill influencers showed that the Amherst Democrat offered Hefner“an unreasonable level of access to his office and to the inner workings of the Senate.”
“There has to be a balance in the state Legislature, and if not, you can bet that this serial pattern of abuse and misconduct will keep happening again and again,” Lyons said. “The Democrats in the Legislature are the stewards of public money, and when they cannot be trusted, it’s up to us to give the voters a choice — and for the voters to hold them accountable.”
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