New year, new court dates
by Howie Carr
Friday, January 11, 2013
And 2013 was shaping up as such an ethical year for the Legislature.
It was Jan. 5, and not a single solon had been arrested yet. But then, at 12:20 a.m. last Saturday, the hacks luck ran out, outside a barroom. That was where Lawrence police busted a solon emeritus who retired due to ill health the voters got sick of him.
That would be Jose Santiago.
Of course, the voters themselves were a little sick touched in the head you might say because they replaced Santiago with Willie Lantigua, who is now mayor of the benighted city on the Merrimack, with at least two grand juries in hot pursuit of Hizzoner.
And now Lantigua has been sued by Attorney General Marsha Coakley for not filing a 2011 campaign finance report. Marsha Coakley, the woman who famously said, Technically it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts, has finally found something that is illegal.
A former state rep, Santiago was charged with violating a restraining order. Yesterday, his old pal Willie fired him from his $15-an-hour laborers job with the city. But hes used to getting fired after the voters fired him, Jose tried to get his old job back with the Methuen police. They fired him, too.
Funny thing about those firings and state reps. They get canned almost as often as they get arrested.
Technically, Santiago wasnt the first rep to go down in flames in 2013. That distinction belongs to Rep. Stat Smith of Everett, a guy so crooked he needs a corkscrew to get into his pants in the morning. Stat resigned from the General Court on Jan. 1. It was part of the plea deal.
His website says: Stat Smith is the consummate Everett State Representative.
Yes, he is. And now hes copping to voter fraud misdemeanors, inexplicably. Hes supposed to get four months in durance vile.
Next week, itll be Rep. Carlos Henriquez (D-Dorchester) due back in Cambridge District Court for discovery motions. He had a problem with his ex-girlfriend last summer. Now hes charged with three counts of assault and battery, one count of witness intimidation and one count of larceny under $250. They dropped the kidnapping charges.
Yeah, 2013 is shaping up as another banner year for CSI State House. Kinda like 2012, which started with ex-Rep. Mark Carron getting arrested a fourth time for drunken driving. A police spokesman said: They had to bang on the window several times to wake the driver.
What a crew. These reps are all looking for the same thing. Reasonable doubt at a reasonable price. And the Probation Department indictments havent even been unsealed yet.