From the Living in a Blue State files:
Well, well, well! The race for Massachusetts’ 6th district just got really interesting (as Da Tech Guy reported last night). It seems that Republican contender Bill Hudak might get within striking distance of incumbent John Tierney some time soon. Tierney’s numbers aren’t all that good to at this point anyway (below 50% ), and the thing that could signal a real run-up for Hudak before the election is this, as reported by the Boston Globe:
The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty today to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.
Patrice Tierney, 59, is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian of St. John’s, Antigua…
From 2003 through 2009, prosecutors allege, [Mrs. Tierney’s brother] funneled more than $7 million in illegal gambling proceeds into the account managed by his sister, while passing himself off as a consultant for Sports Offshore rather than its owner. He allegedly transferred funds from a shell company, Benevolence Funding Ltd., into the Massachusetts account.
Of course Big Brother’s not really mad at Mrs. Tierney for dabbling in illegal offshore gambling… They’re just pissed it’s being done where they can’t get their cut.
So Mr. Hudak, who is by all accounts an engaging candidate with a bright future, could end up out in front by November, especially if Tierney keeps dodging requests for debates, as he has so far.
In other Massachusetts news, perhaps you thought the Beer Summit of 2009 and all its attendant brouhaha had finally faded out of public consciousness. I’m sorry to have to tell you that it was way too much to hope for, over in the People’s Republic of Cambridge. The town spent upwards of $100,000 to commission an independent report on the incident that lead to a prominent black Harvard professor’s being arrested briefly for attempting to break into his own home and then being disorderly and un-cooperative to the police who responded to a 911 call.
In a famous attempt to diffuse the local situation, President Obama weighed in by saying that while he had no details about the circumstances of the event, the police acted stupidly.
Now that the commissioned report is out (it actually came out in June, but the City Council finally got around to reading it), it’s time for more outrage! While the report mentioned missed opportunities to “de-escalate the tension” and ascribes blame to both the professor and the police, City Council members are not amused.
The public wants to know that if we’re decent, law-abiding people, we’re not going to end up in handcuffs and in jail,’’ said [Councilmember] Reeves, who called Gates “a dear friend.’’
…Reeves also criticized the two black members of the review committee for not pushing for a discussion about race and First Amendment rights in the report.
“I don’t know how they could discuss this incident and not mention race,’’ Reeves said in an interview afterward.
Blech. I’m with Morgan Freeman, who so famously said, “The only way to end racism is to stop talking about it.”