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OP-ED: ‘Tis The Season To Drain The Massachusetts Swamp

Dec 08, 2017 09:31AM ● By Brian Genest

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Democrats probably shouldn’t hang up the Mistletoe at the State House this year.

From the Hollywood hills to Beacon Hill, sexual assault and harassment allegations have been wafting across our country – and it stinks worse than a silent-but-deadly fart during Christmas mass.

The Massachusetts State House and naughty behavior go hand in hand no matter the season, but the latest scandal is a little… less traditional.

Byron Hefner, the 30-year-old husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, 68, is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing four men involved in state business.

This gigantic lump of political coal wasn’t stuffed in our stockings by Fox News, the Boston Herald or talk radio, either. In a twist of Dickens-like storytelling, the diversity-celebrating, leftist Boston Globe is the Grinch who ratted out the Democrat rat. It’s a Festivus miracle!

According to the Globe, three men say Young Byron grabbed their genitals (two allege he did so more than once) and one man says he kissed him against his will. 

Of course, some things will never change, namely the newspaper’s world view: “Though three of the alleged incidents took place when Rosenberg was mere feet away, the Globe found no evidence that the Senate president knew about the assaults.”  So much for Santa Claus knowing if you’re sleeping, awake or perverted -- for goodness sake!

Democrats hold 33 of 40 Senate seats, but there were none to be found for comment, except one. In the Democrat tradition of never letting a serious crisis go to waste, State Sen. Barbara L’Italien leaped like a reindeer headed for the trough at feeding time. 

A carpetbagger in holiday high heels, Barbara L’Italien is trying to head to Congress to represent a district she doesn’t live in, which has everything to do with her solo presence in the spotlight.

Barbara L’Italien called for Rosenberg to step aside during the investigation of the allegations against Young Byron. In her statement, she noted, notably, that the transparency required for the investigation “pains” her.

Barbara L’Italien went on a special live edition of OTR, where her “courage” was praised because she didn’t clam up like the rest of the party loyalists. Nonetheless, she hopefully isn’t expecting a sable under the tree or a donation to her campaign from party leaders any time soon.

So where were her Senate colleagues? Politics being all about loyalty and backstabbing, senators like Lowell’s Eileen Donoghue could smell the blood in the water and knew exactly what to do: stay silent in public about whether Rosenberg should resign, but run around and try to line up enough votes to get his job. Another Democrat tradition.

Who needs ancient Rome when you have the Democrat party. Et tu, Eileen?

Speaking of the party, the Lowell Sun had some thoughts about it last week before the news broke, in an editorial about Democrat dirty tricks

“The Democratic Party seemingly wants every candidate to toe the line. Everyone must think the same, adopt the party's ‘progressive’ platform, and swear loyalty to an elitist leadership that remains out-of-touch with common folk both nationally and in Massachusetts. Sure, Democrats still dominate Massachusetts politics but the nearly total Blue State tag isn't getting us ahead by any stretch of the imagination. Higher health-care costs, higher housing costs, higher college-tuition costs, higher property taxes, and higher annual state-budget deficits (even though its [sic] state law that carrying over a deficit from year to year is unconstitutional) are the result.”

Ain’t it the truth? The state’s a mess, plus it’s scandal after scandal. The drug lab scandal. The state police scandal. Even House Speaker Robert DeLeo named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Probation Dep artment scandal. (Legislators took swift action: They eliminated terms limits, re-elected him and took campaign donations from his PAC.)

If you’re a gentleman doing business with the commonwealth, fear not. As booze apparently turns him into an octopus, Young Byron is going away to an in-patient facility to dry out for the holidays. Yet another Democrat tradition.

When it comes to state government, there’s no more room on Santa’s naughty list. 

But there are still plenty of Democrats with mind-boggling priorities, including here in Dracut. State Rep. Colleen Garry is worried about jaywalking. Meanwhile, our town needs more local aid for schools, public safety and other critical needs. And an opioid epidemic is killing people all over the state. 

But it’s business as usual for Massachusetts Democrats:

The latest bad idea being rolled out is new tolls – everywhere.

A herd of Beacon Hill donkeys has sponsored a bill to allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in local elections.

Sen. Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and fellow leftist wacko state Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) have co-sponsored a bill to outlaw law and order, literally.

Sen. Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) has filed a bill for gender-neutral driver’s licenses.

Colleen Garry has filed a bill to shred the First Amendment, silence her political opponents and make sure no one hurts her feelings.

In addition to all the nonsense, the state budget is a record $39.4 billion dollars for FY 2018 and the state doesn’t have the money. Democrats, who voted themselves enormous raises earlier this year under Rosenberg’s “leadership,” couldn’t care less. (His pay climbed from $97,000 to $142,000.)They voted to override the governor’s vetoes, so the state will be deficit spending hundreds of millions of dollars for the third year in a row.

In the spirit of the season, the Democrat-controlled Massachusetts legislature evokes the timeless words of Ebenezer Scrooge: “Bah! Humbug!”

Try to have a Merry Christmas.  Thankfully, it’s only 11 months until the next state election; maybe voters will finally make 2018 a happy new year for Massachusetts. In the meantime, keep Young Byron away from the eggnog, unless it’s virgin.

(Brian Genest is a member of the Dracut Republican Town Committee)

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