Skip to comments.Silence in House speaks volumes
Posted on 03/23/2013 12:51:39 PM PDT by billorites
Call him Rep. Weiner, this unnamed solon whose name you already know, and if you dont, you can find it easily enough in the Daily Mail of London.
His extinguished colleagues in the Mass. General Court have lowered the Cone of Silence over Rep. Weiners latest alleged unspeakable actions. If the Boston Mafia had observed its own code of omerta this rigorously, theyd still be running organized crime around here.
Its all about Rule 16, which seems to boil down to this: Dummy up, lest somebody someday drop a dime on you when you get a bad ice cube, or feel an insatiable urge to stuff some FBI cash in your bra, or steal enough absentee ballots to vote every illegal alien in your slum apartment house.
Loose lips sink ships, and maybe you, if the guy you rat out decides to trade you up to the feds.
So you can understand how deeply concerned both the House speaker and the chairman of the House Ethics Committee are about the integrity of the process, especially the speaker, considering the last three speakers are convicted felons.
The Ethics chairman is Rep. Marty Walsh, the real Marty Walsh, not the alias that then-Sen. Jim Marzilli gave the cops when he was arrested for flashing old ladies in Lowell.
Marty, who is also an official of a union, said all proceedings are confidential, and that he would have no comment, including to confirm or deny, on any Anthony Weiner-like hijinks that may or may not have been referred to his very ethical Ethics Committee.
Rep. Weiner is the third rep to run into trouble this year, if you include the solon emeritus in Lawrence who violated a restraining order. Hes the fourth if you throw in the judges son who was worked over by a lobbyist in Dartmouth. Ironically, Rep. Weiners eccentricity, shall we say, surfaced on the radar screen a day after a Herald reporter was ejected from a House ethics training session.
It seemed like such an innocuous gathering. A few people reciting the State Houses 10 Commandments: I am the Speaker, thou shalt have no gods before me; thou shalt not get caught stealing; thou shalt not covet thy chairmans bagman. But no, we werent allowed in. Because the House is such an august body. They call the U.S. Senate the worlds most exclusive club. The Mass. House may be the worlds least exclusive club.
Say what you will about the Boston City Council, when Chuck Turner went down for the count, they ejected him from City Hall. OK, so it cost them $100,000 because they didnt wait until Chuck was sentenced. At least for once they tried to do the right thing.