| Leading Massachusetts Republicans have weighed in on the ever widening probation probe today. After the Boston Globe reported yesterday that a federal grand jury is focusing on whether House Speaker traded jobs in the Probation Department for votes for his election to the Speakers chair, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Bob Maginn and Minority Leader Brad Jones both released statements.
For too long, one party rule has run amok on Beacon Hill, casting a shadow of corruption over the body charged with carrying out the people's business," said Bob Maginn, MassGOP Chairman. "Rather than sit and wait for their number to be called, those legislators who supported Speaker DeLeo should come forward now with any information they may have to clear up these troubling accusations."
"I hope that the US Attorney's office can and will bring this investigation to a speedy conclusion, and that those who have violated the public trust will face the consequences associated with those violations," said Minority Leader Brad Jones. "Because of these allegations, dark clouds continue to swirl around the State House. While we await resolution on this matter, one thing remains clear: this is a byproduct of one-party government."
DeLeo for his part in an afternoon press availability denied any wrongdoing.