Saturday, November 10, 2007

PAAP - Patrick Administration Abusing Power

The Boston Globe writes about the MassGOP ethics complaint which was filed yesterday. For those of you that don't know, a Patrick Administration official pressured the employer of a Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency board member to seek his resignation. The employer, Rockland Trust Co., is regulated by the Patrick Administration, putting the bank in the position to either seek its employee's resignation from the MassHousing board or worry about retribution from the Administration.

"The Patrick administration declined to comment on Nickley's intentions to file an ethics complaint or a separate Ethics Commission complaint over the same matter filed yesterday by the state Republican Party.

'People who volunteer for boards should not have to fear their public service will jeopardize their private employment if they run afoul of an out-of-control, power-hungry administration," said Robert Willington, the GOP executive director. 'And private employers should not have to fear retribution from state government when their employees serve on boards of public agencies.'"