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Jim Aloisis greased the wheels for another turn
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, December 17, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Jim Aloisi - how can we miss him when he wont go away? This hacks hack keeps turning up, like a bad penny.
And now the familiar smell is once again in the air, and on your shoe. This poster boy for unbridled Big Dig greed is the front-runner to become Deval Patricks next transportation secretary.
This Freddie Salvucci coatholder from the South End by way of Eastie has become a millionaire in private law practice off the backs of the tollpayers. Thats why he was passed over for the transportation job two years ago.
Aloisi was recently quoted as saying, Ive always been a strong supporter of the governor.
Up to a point, Jimbo. Granted, he has given Deval some dough, but he also contributed $500 to each of Devals 2006 primary opponents, Tom Reilly and Chris Gabrieli. Plus he ponied up $500 each for Republicans Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey.
I suppose Aloisi has sold Deval a bill of goods. Number one, that he could control the Legislature, and number two, that he could bring the Globe back onto the Big Dig reservation, because he is so simpatico with some of its top editors.
On the Globe, I guess Deval didnt get the memo. The bow-tied bumkissers are losing a million bucks a week. Stick a fork in em - theyre done.
On the Legislature, Aloisi has spent decades doling out tens of thousands of dollars to the most reprehensible hacks on Beacon Hill. Maybe you can buy a rep for a C-note, or a tolltakers job, if youre talking about increasing the tolls by a quarter, the way Aloisi and his idiot boss Allan McKinnon used to do 20 years ago. But when youre proposing to jack up the tunnel tolls from $3.50 to $7.50, the price goes up. Waaaaay up.
You can tell a lot about someone by his political contributions. Aloisis standard is, If youre indicted, Im invited. Last April Aloisi gave $100 to bra-stuffing ex-Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. Hes chipped in at least a grand to ex-House speaker Felon Finneran. Aloisi has taken care of boozehound Reps. Paul Kujawski and Brian Dempsey, not to mention the current ethically challenged Speaker Sal DiMasi and his majority leader, Honest John Rogers. Hes also a heavy contributor to Sen. Brian Multiple Choice Joyce and Rep. Honest Bob DeLeo. And Aloisi has given to Rep. Tommy Petrolati, the three-watt bulb who once told a grand jury that he didnt know which river the Tobin-Mystic bridge crosses. Hes taken care of the last three Senate presidents and Mayor Mumbles Menino, as well as ex-Sens. Jarrett Barrios and Brian Lees.
When Aloisis appointed, House Transportation Chairman Joe Wagner will say all the right things. Its the least Wags can do, considering the $2,100 hes grabbed from Aloisi.
Hey, Deval, is this the change we can believe in? Recycling despicable Dukakis-era hacks - yes we can!
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