For all the hypocrisy he brings to the table when it comes to prosecutorial excess, Bill Weld said what a lot of Massachusetts movers and shakers were thinking.
Tim Cahill’s crime was politics as usual, Weld told the Boston Herald in a recent interview; pursuing the former state treasurer on political corruption charges was a mistake on the part of Attorney General Martha Coakley, the former governor said.
Weld’s view prevailed. After seven days of deliberation, a jury could not reach agreement on convicting Cahill and a mistrial was declared.
The outcome was a setback for Coakley, who is frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for governor or Senate. At the same time, it gave a lift to Weld, who with one interview started speculation about a possible relaunch of his political career.
Of course, it doesn’t take much to be a big fish in the very small pond that still describes Boston. And, it helps that the Massachusetts Republican Party is a very small puddle.
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