Wednesday, April 1, 2009

GOP Stood With The People Against Walsh Appointment

Nassour Says Sorry Affair Shows Patrick Is No Reformer

Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Republican Party today issued the following statement in response to news that Sen. Marian Walsh is removing her name from consideration for a $175,000 a year patronage job created for her by Governor Patrick.

MassGOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour said, "The Massachusetts Republican Party stood up for the taxpayers by protesting the creation of a patronage job for a supporter of Governor Patrick, and we are pleased that Senator Walsh has done the right thing by refusing the appointment. This absurd process has taught us, once again, that we cannot rely on the Patrick Administration to seek real, meaningful reform on Beacon Hill. Unbelievably, Governor Patrick still contends HEFA set the proposed salary at $175,000, when emails from his own staff clearly show a Governor's Office determined to give Senator Walsh a $100,000 pay raise."

"Attention should now be turned to rooting out waste and inefficiency throughout government in order to relieve the tax burden on working families. Thousands of people lost their jobs last month, and I call on the Governor to work as hard at creating jobs for those people as he did at creating a job for a political ally," concluded Nassour.