Another sign of patronage habit in Bay State government

Your Jan. 31 editorial about the governor’s disappointing interim appointment of William “Mo” Cowan to the Senate was right on (“In naming top aide to Senate, Patrick lessens state’s clout”). I only wish that it had drawn a sharper connection between this appointment and Governor Patrick’s embrace of patronage and crony hiring during his six years in office.

As a recently retired state employee, I can assure you that the governor’s appointment of Sheila Burgess to be director of highway safety was only the tip of the iceberg. These appointees are all over state government, and even for those of us in the governor’s liberal base, they are nothing short of disgusting.

Allan Fierce

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