At this rate, our hacks will sell on eBay
By Howie Carr | Sunday, February 1, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Columnists
Question: Why did City Councilor Mike Flaherty announce his candidacy for mayor on YouTube?
Answer: Because there is no Web site named YouHack.
So I was watching his recorded announcement, filmed in his kitchen. The words were nonsense, but I couldnt take my eyes off that high-end yuppie KitchenAid mixer on the granite counter behind him. Close to $500, would be my guess.
Then you realize: a year from now, that pricey mixer is going to be on an even fancier granite cabinet - in Duxbury.
Baby Flats has 600 large to blow on this fight. Why doesnt he just give everybody in the city a buck and put his house up for sale?
Tell me where he beats Mumbles. In Southie, of course, and in coastal (read: white) Dorchester, and Charlestown. Thats Wards 6, 7, 16 and 2, which wouldnt be bad, except that the city has 22 wards.
The only issue this year in Boston is rampant corruption and cronyism, and the Flahertys arent part of the solution, theyre part of the problem.
For the record, Baby Flats is not related to convicted felon ex-House speaker Good Time Charlie Flaherty. But Felon Flahertys son, Tim, represents Baby Flats cousin Frannie, who was recently indicted in an alleged MBTA no-show job scam.
Baby Flats father is the former state rep and judge Mike Sr. Before Flats Senior retired to the bench, he was in private practice. Then his cousin Jimmy Flaherty, who was simultaneously on payrolls at the State House and City Hall, was murdered by a hustler in Florida.
Flats Senior handled Jimmys estate for his beloved Aunt Millie. Imagine Millies surprise when she got the bill from her dear nephew and hed charged her his usual billable-hour rate for watching Jimmys adult videos and standing in line at the post office to buy stamps. The joke in Southie was, it was the first time in 40 years Flats hadnt cut in line after yelling, Do you know who I am? Mainly because he was making money waiting his turn.
I dont have room to run down all of the Flahertys on public payrolls. Baby Flats sister Peggy is the South Boston district court clerk, appointed, like her daddy, by a Republican governor.
Maybe Flats Jr. can campaign on a platform on mandatory drug testing for firefighters. First hed better bounce it off his uncle and his cousin, both of whom are longtime loyal members of Local 718.
Flats understands hes the longest of longshots. He wanted to be district attorney even when Dan Conley was on City Council. Thats why, before he voted for Flaherty for City Council president, Conley made him promise he wouldnt run even for district attorney.
Flats would still love to be Mr. District Attorney, but the only way to get rid of Conley would be a judgeship, and appearing in that ad for Kerry Healey in 2006 likely put the kibosh on favors from Deval.
Remember when Felon Finneran got booted from the 400-large-a-year lobbying job at the biotech council? For a while it looked as if Sen. Jack Hart of Southie might get the job? Flats was sniffing around that potentially open seat, too, but it was not to be - kind of like his run for mayor this year.
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