Thursday, February 10, 2005
When You're Out You're Out

Riddle us this: if the Department of (MDC job) Conservation and Recreation's Commissioner is now a former commissioner and the former commissioner's chief of staff is now a former chief of staff because the Department did such a miserable job of cleaning up the Blizzard of 2005, then why hasn't the DCR Operations Czar been broomed as well?

Let's put this another way: Katherine Abbott and Katherine Abbott's chief of staff purportedly lost their jobs because the DCR didn't OPERATE as it should have in the wake of a snow storm. (source: Boston Globe, 2/8/2005) So why hasn't the Fraud Governor also asked Larry Dorman, the DCR head of operations (ahem, OPERATIONS) to hand in his three-year average salary as well?

If memory serves, DCR didn't even have an inventory of which sidewalks it should clear in the event of a snowstorm. (source: Boston Globe, 2/6/2005) This would appear to be an OPERATIONS issue.

So if Abbott was truly tossed due to an OPERATIONS short-coming, it makes sense that Dorman, her OPERATIONS guru, would follow her out the door despite being a former business partner of Doug Foy, Willard Mitt's economic development czar. (source: Boston Herald, 4/22/2004)

Because as Willard Mitt so succinctly said, "our focus has to be on public safety. That comes first, and there really can't be any latitude on that front." (source: Boston Globe, 2/5/2005) Perhaps we missed the rest of his sentence, "unless you're tight with my man, Foy."

(Then again, Foy's turned his back on all that he used to believe sacred. Perhaps its time he turned his back on Dorman as well.)

Then again - again, maybe snow had nothing to do with Abbott's off-loading, because this is what we're hearing:

Katherine Abbott wouldn't play ball. In fact, despite Willard Mitt's claim's to be against political patronage, Romney tried to stick failed legislative candidates into the DCR's payroll, like Mary Connaughton (who was already sitting at the table as an employee of Framingham State College.) (source: Boston Globe, 2/8/2005; OCPF)

Abbott, however, refused saying she wanted rid DCR of its "pervasive reputation of cronyism and malfeasance."

Wait a minute, Abbott didn't say she wanted to rid the department of its pervasive reputation; that's what Romney said when he rolled the MDC into the DCR. (source: Boston Herald, 4/22/2004)

Silly us.

Anyway, Abbott told Team Reform to pound sand. So Team Reform told Abbott to hit the bricks.

Oh yeah, we missed one key part: Team Reform wanted Abbott out because Abbott recently married her long-time female partner.

Zounds! Could this be true? Could Team Reform have used the Blizzard of 2005 to clear out an undesireable?

So which was it, Fraudo? Was Abbott whacked because she's a married gay who wouldn't pick up your political hacks, or because the snow didn't get cleared?

And if her anti-hack, sexual-standing was not an issue, why is Doug Foy's former business partner Larry Dorman, the DCR OPERATIONS wizard who couldn't get a few sidewalks clear, still lugging a large light, two sugars around on the taxpayers dime?

Inquiring minds want to know.


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