The goal Walsh must have is to ensure that Brissette sticks to the truth. He should not be talking about himself. He is quoted as saying: “The one thing I know is I’ve done no wrongdoing, in this investigation or any investigation that’s been talked about.” Why is he saying that? Who has accused him of anything? Even with that he should know by now that whether he did anything wrong or not does not matter; there are lots of people who have done nothing wrong who still have been indicted.
Then he is quoted as saying: “I’m certainly not happy about it. I think it’s something, if this pans out with these wrongdoings here, there’s problems. … It bothers me.” What wrongdoings? Is he throwing Kenny to the wolves by suggesting there was wrongdoing?
It looks like he is running scared when he should be fighting back. He should have first said “I have full confidence Kenny did nothing wrong” and then added that “there has been no wrongdoing in my office.” Too bad he did not grow up in Savin Hill. He would know how to fight back.
Brissette’s charge comes from his dealings with a company known as Boston Calling that puts on shows twice a year. He allegedly strong armed them to hire union workers. While the mayor is ready to throw Bissette overboard; the union there Local 11 is sticking by him stating: “We are unaware of any alleged illegal activity committed by any Boston city official.”
It is all going to come down to a couple of things. First, will Brissette facing prison time if he goes to trial but the street if he implicates the mayor stick to the truth. Next, the whole indictment boils down to the language used by Brissette to the people at “Boston Calling.” The indictment says he “insisted” and that he made “demands.” No language is in quotes. The union said he did nothing wrong; was he merely making suggestions that it would be nice if “Boston Calling” hired some union workers. If that was the case he did nothing wrong.
Here’s an interesting twist in this. We know the Globe has been privy to much of what has been going on in Ortiz’s office as I noted before. Now if the past is any indication of the present we know that paper is aware of the subpoenas the federals have issued to the mayor and the material supplied in response to them. Because this blog and others are openly noting that the paper and the U.S. Attorney work together, it now looks like they want to try to hide this.
The paper wants the mayor to publicly disclose these subpoenas. It needs him to do this so it can print stories it has probably already written about them. The symbiotic relationship between that paper and prosecutor is becoming quite embarrassing.
As expected a Globe columnist is directed to do a hit piece on the mayor..
Venocchi notes both Mayors Flynn and White had their problems with the federals and now after twenty years Walsh is jammed in. She writes that federal investigations, and I would add done in conjunction with the Globe, “chip away at morale. They drain political capital. Playing offense is hard when a mayor is always playing defense. . . . Because with a potential 20-year prison sentence attached to a conviction, Brissette has every reason to think long and hard about what he allegedly did and at whose alleged behest. That’s what federal investigations also do. They create doubt. They spread fear. They beget more rumor, speculation and leaks.” (my emphasis)
See the clever way Venocchi suggests that Brissette was acting at Walsh’s direction. Earlier she noted: “Unfortunately for Walsh, the charges against Brissette hit the mayor’s political soft spot — unions. Organized labor helped elect Walsh. But to the non-labor world, the connection was always suspect. It raised concerns that this mayor would give away the city to the unions he once represented as head of the Building Trades Council.” (my emphasis)
Marty must accept there is a “Get Marty” gang at work. Right now his advisers are telling him to explain and refrain. He should forget all that. He must accept his innocence is no defense to anything. If he wants to save his job, and stay out of prison, for the same forces that sent James Michael Curley to prison are arrayed against him, he must, as the late Al Farese Sr. used to say to me (when he did not like my sentence recommendations) that he was going to take the gloves off.
For the mayor it is time to take the gloves off. He must get rid of the lace curtain advisers and accept he has powerful enemies. They will give him no quarter so he must give them none. They want his head. He must fight back at them tooth and nail. He owes it to the people who work for him and the people who elected him. .
If he wants some advice on how to do that I can give him some names of guys from Savin Hill who would gladly show him how.