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The Boston Globe


Oct. 24, 2010

Hard questions loom for patronage ‘king’

This story was reported and written by the Globe Spotlight Team: reporters Scott Allen, Marcella Bombardieri, and Andrea Estes, and editor Thomas Farragher.

The 26-year-old woman said state Representative Thomas M. Petrolati had pestered her for weeks with phone calls at work, “asking me out [and] refusing to take no for an answer.’’ A few weeks later, when Jill Gagne was fired, she protested to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination that it was because she had complained about Petrolati’s advances.

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