Current Treasurer Steve Grossman, who oversees the ABCC, has already announced that he will not be taking any knee-jerk action against the two employees in question. “I’m trying to take everyone on face value,’’ Grossman tells the Globe. “We will give everyone a fair shot at demonstrating that they are capable of doing distinguished work regardless of how they arrived.’’ He'll take some criticism for that, but it is the correct course. Although it would be easy to leap to the assumption that the two employees in question were blatant patronage hires, it would be unfair to essentially penalize the pair for the gene pools from whence they came.
More interesting are the reactions from House Speaker Bob DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo yesterday called the Globe’s report “disturbing’’ and planned to ask Grossman about it this week, according to a spokesman. Senate President Therese Murray told reporters she too wanted more information on the case.Following frequent repetition of his own name in the 'Ware Report' on patronage in the state probation department Speaker DeLeo has been at the forefront of several efforts to rein in Beacon Hill's rampant patronage culture in recent months, so it is a bit hard to believe he is 'disturbed' to learn of yet another patronage haven in state government where his lieutenants have been stashing relatives.
“I would like to know why a case like that was settled and we paid money for them to give that kind of an answer or to use that kind of excuse for not hiring somebody,’’ Murray said.
President Murray's reaction is perhaps more honest. She wants to know how in the *%&$ the agency's taxpayer-funded lawyers were allowed to "give that kind of an answer," right out there in the open for anyone to read.