Last year a listener to the Howie Carr show gave Howie a receipt showing a $7000 balance on an EBT card. Ever since, Shaunna O'Connell (R-Taunton) has been trying to get a list of the highest EBT card balances. After the Patrick Administration wouldn't answer her as a representative she filed a public records request with the department.
That public records request went unanswered for longer than the period of time prescribed by law. O'Connell then went to the Secretary of State's office to force the Patrick administration to release the records. We learn today the Patrick administration now wants to charge $800 for the information. The Boston Herald has the story.
Shocked by a receipt showing one EBT user carrying a $7,000 balance, O'Connell in January first requested months worth of food stamp and cash benefit balances from the DTA.But after state officials repeatedly ignored her, she twice scaled back her request, including in an April letter asking for all balances from August, September and November 2012, and January through March of this year.On the heels of a Herald report last week that the DTA still hadn't responded, officials sent O'Connell a letter yesterday, saying it would process her request for $800. An estimate sent by the state's EBT vendor said it would take 10 hours, at $80 an hour, to find and produce EBT cards showing large balances.
What was that about the former Massachusetts Democratic Party Executive Director, Stacey Monahan, and a "commitment to change"?
Yesterday, Suzanne Bump, the Auditor of the Commonwealth, talked for over a half hour to Tom Duggan, the editor of the Valley Patriot. Duggan has a weekly radio show on WCAP in Lowell, called Paying Attention. During the interview, Bump vigorously defended her audit of the Department of Transitional Assistance against the onslaught of Governor Patrick.
Duggan has provided a transcript of the interview, at the Valley Patriot's website. Bump was very adamant during the interview that the Patrick Administration is playing a game of trying to discredit the Audit using smokescreens.
We didn't get pushback on the findings that we had [at DTA] when we matched the heads of household and the Social Security death list, they didn't give us pushback on that.
What they did give us pushback on was, they said that our number of 178 dependents whose Social Security numbers were either dead or people using dead Social Security numbers, they [DTA} said that was wrong, but they wouldn't allow us to test how it is that they reached their conclusions about it.
And without our ability to test it, we can't accept it because that's the whole essence of auditing. You get the data and you have to verify it.
This is an interview that everyone interested in State Government should listen to. It's non-confrontational, and lays out the facts. Good on Bump for agreeing to do it.
(Worthy of discussion. Mr. Gomez told Janet Wu he supported the "Navy Guy" in 2008, but told Governor Patrick he supported Obama.
I've met Gabriel, he seems like a genuine guy. Wants to help his country sincerely. Will he however be able to square the two statements? Time will tell. - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
We had all heard that Gabriel Gomez had asked Governor Patrick to consider him for the position of interim Senator to hold the seat vacated by Secretary Kerry until the special election can choose Kerry's successor. I had not given it much thought other than thinking it was an odd request, a Republican asking a partisan Democrat like Governor Patrick for a Senate seat.
Well, now the letter that Gomez sent to Governor Patrick has been released and, in my opinion, it casts a new light on Gomez' campaign.
According to the Boston Globe's Frank Phillips, Gabriel E. Gomez, the Cohasset businessman who is running as a Republican in the US Senate special election, lobbied Democratic Governor Deval Patrick to give him the temporary appointment to the seat after John F. Kerry resigned to become secretary of state.
With this new information and the facts that Gomez endorsed and donated to Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 over Vietnam War Veteran and GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain AND ALSOdonated $1000 to Ultra Liberal Democrat Alan Khazei over Scott Brown in the 2010 Special Election, many Massachusetts Republican Activists are concerned that Gomez is really an opportunistic Democrat who pretends to be a Republican in name only (RINO).
Gomez's only previous experience in public service was a shellacking in his last place defeat in his 2003 unsuccessful candidacy for Cohassett Selectman.
Click on the following link to read about Gomez's unsuccessful lobbying effort to Democrat Deval Patrick for appointment:
Paul D. Craney of Mass Fiscal Alliance has a column in today's Taunton Daily Gazette and Fall River Herald and makes the point about the single issue that unites Democrats, Republicans and unenrolled voters, read it here.
LINK TO STORY http://www.tauntongazette.com/...
EDITORS NOTE: The email that was sent regarding this storm improperly linked here for the Michael Sullivan Story. This was an error. You can read about Michael Sullivan and Nomination papers HERE. Sorry for the error - Rob.
H/T Charles Grillo
Here is the text of Deval Patrick's executive order banning travel after 4 PM today.
Reaction on Facebook has been universal derision from both my conservative and liberal friends. They see this as an undue violation of civil liberties.
By His Excellency
DEVAL L. PATRICK
TIMOTHY P. MURRAY
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO 543
MOTOR VEHICLE TRAVEL BAN
I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:
There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following:
public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel
public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business
utility company vehicles and utility workers
healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services
travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities
travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores
Given this 8th day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen at 12:15PM.
DEVAL L. PATRICK, GOVERNOR
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Here is a link pdf of the Civil Defense statute. The statute says that defying an Executive Order for civil defense is punishable by one year in jail or $500.
I do not support Governor Patrick's proposal to raise the income tax nor his boost in state spending. But his proposal to cut the sales tax demonstrates he is operating on a political level light years ahead of the state's Republican leadership.
For full disclosure I will point out that I ran for state rep arguing the GOP should push for large cuts in the sales tax instead of small cuts in the income tax. My humiliation in the primary shows this may not be a great issue. But I still believe it could be.
The governor will try to sell his plan as tax reform not a tax increase. The GOP must be careful how they fight against the plan. Embrace the sales tax cut but argue for revenue neutrality on any sales tax decrease. Most likely the much higher income tax will pass anyway but the Republicans can argue against the excessive income tax increase and take credit for a sales tax decrease.
I argued the sales tax should be cut in 2 or 3 steps to 3%. Should we get to 4.5-5% this could be a helpful issue for the next GOP governor candidate to run on. The 4.5% rate can likely be achieved with no income tax increase if the state budget grows at a very small rate. This is unlikely in the end but should give the Republicans in the legislature a strong case to argue.
• Here is the first salvo being fired that is designed to seal the 2014 election for the Democrat Party, and here is the biggest challenge conservatives have for restraint and sensible planning.
If we respond as we have in the past two gubernatorial cycles, a draconian (in the eyes of the liberals and media) tax referendum will find its way off Carla Howell's desk and onto the ballot, with the assistance of diligent, hard working and well meaning conservative activists. That referendum will then be used, by the far Left (incarnated as Neighbor 2 Neighbor, the new ACORN, and SEIU), to mobilize the urban blue collar union base, and the folks who rely on government benefits, to landslide an election against conservative values and conservative candidates. This strategy has defeated us in the last two gubernatorial cycles.
This year (and next) INSTEAD, we need to keep constant and withering pressure on the leadership of MassGOP, whether that be Kirsten Hughes or Rick Green, to quickly develop a Republican Party infrastructure that mimics a political campaign and then to use that infrastructure to appeal to the same urban communities that have been used against us, yet this time to appeal to them with a message of economic hope for their families and greater access to success.
This needs to be done face to face and in cooperation with the RTC/RCC's, led by strong management, and avoiding "quick-fix" solutions. Hard work begets great results; quick fixes beg for unforeseen crises. After two successive unforeseen crises, it's our own fault if we rush headlong into another.
When a family member of a noted political figure passes away it is generally good form for others in the same delegation to offer a kind word or public condolence to the elected official.
It has now been 3 days and Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren has yet to issue any formal public condolences to Senator Scott Brown on the passing of his father. Maybe she is waiting for Deval Patrick to comment first? And maybe Deval Patrick is waiting for Barack Obama to go first? And maybe they are all waiting for Mayor Menino to say something? Either way, not a single one of them has offered any public condolences to Senator Scott Brown. In fact, I don't think John Kerry or any member of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation has made a statement!
Brian McGrory, the tongue-twisted imbecile Editor of the sinking ship known as The Boston Globe has yet to write anything other than the standard form letter obit in his paper. Yet, Elizabeth Warren's dog got a 2,000 word biography from McGrory when it kicked the bucket...
Are the liberals in this state so full of hate that they can't even reach across the aisle when a Senator's father passes away, to offer a kind word?
It's been an interesting time for me in Massachusetts this year, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.
Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).
In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it's met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats' appetite for abusing government power.
Here's the latest example: amid chatter that Senator John Kerry will be appointed to a Cabinet position for Obama's second term, Democrats are scheming to change the rules for filling his seat:
Power-hungry Bay State Democrats - eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet- are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014.
"I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don't have to pay for another election," said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
"I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election," Johnston added.
The current law triggers a special election within 160 days if Kerry accepts a long-anticipated post in President Obama's Cabinet. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scored an upset win over his heavily favored Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the special election for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat...
...The move comes eight years after Democratic lawmakers stripped then-Gov. Mitt Romney of his appointment powers in an effort to keep Republicans out of the office, and three years after they changed the law again to let Patrick appoint a temporary replacement.
What Johnston really means, of course, is that it would be preferable for the Democrats if they didn't have to bother campaigning against Scott Brown again. Even in a state like Massachusetts, it's harder for the Democrats to turn out voters for special elections, and the Republicans have a fighting chance. Yeah, so, not really "preferable" for the Democrats.
Laws are not meant to be flipped over and over like pancakes depending on what party is in power or who is in office. It never ceases to amaze me how the same Democrats who screamed bloody murder about the Patriot Act under George W. Bush are quiet little mice regarding Obama making unilateral decisions about killing people, including American citizens, with drone strikes. For additional giggles, go research what various Senators have said about the filibuster power depending on whether or not their party had control.
Let's hope that State Senator Barry Feingold (D-Andover), who chairs the Massachusetts' Legislature's election laws committee, really was telling the truth when he said that he does not support changing the current law, and that he is able to stand up to his power-hungry colleagues who disagree with him.
Another classic example of our Governor Deval Patrick (I hate saying that as I always throw up a little in my mouth) talking about how the world ought to work. In this case, Washington and how our POTUS Barack Obama (there is that throw up thing again) should treat Congress. Read the story here.
Governor Deval Patrick said today he has propelled his legislative agenda at times by bringing "a little South Side to the table," and his fellow Chicagoan President Obama should do the same with Congress - including keeping members in session over Christmas if they haven't finished fiscal cliff negotiations.
Basically, Deval is suggesting Barack recall Congress over the Christmas break in order to take care of the people's business. He suggests that Barack ought to get tough, in other words a little 'south side' on Congress. The nation is headed over a fiscal cliff, largely caused by Obama and Senate Majority leader Harry Ried's failure to have an economic plan. Taxes are poised to go up on EVERYBODY, Obama's last budget recommendation did no carry a single 'Yes' vote in the House of Representatives, Obama is overspending by a trillion dollars a year, and there hasn't been a budget approved by the US Senate in 3 years. Somehow this is the Republican's fault because they keep yelling to 'stop the spending'.
At any rate here are some of Deval's quotes:
"Frankly, if there's a list that they don't finish - the work they need to do around a compromise around deficit reduction - he ought to haul them in there over Christmas and make them sit their behinds in the seats until they finish,"
Anybody note a particular condescending tone to that? He is talking about the US Congress, not a bunch of 5 year olds... "Sit their behinds in the seats" Really? What an arrogant snot!
And then this:
"I'm not sure that's where the president will be," the governor added. "But there's going to have to be one or another unpleasant confrontation before some of the folks in the Congress who have not gotten the message get the message, that they have to deal with this president, because he is president; not because they like him, not because they favor every one of his policy choices, but because he has the job, and he was hired for the job by the American people - and that's all the justification he needs."
What Deval fails to acknowledge is that EVERYONE in Washington was 'hired' by the American people to do something - not just Obama! In fact, many people in Washington were 'hired' to stop Obama from doing whatever the hell it is he thinks he is doing to the American people and their economy....Obama is NOT the only elected official in Washington.
Then Deval let's the cat out of the bag. He comments that without a closure to the fiscal cliff the state of Massachusetts could be short shipped some $250 to $350 million in federal funds. So there it is! He is talking trash because he won't get HIS Obamabucks sent to him. He might actually have to cut his own budget in his own house for once....
"He said not resolving the issue could cost the state $250 million to $350 million in federal revenue, adding to expected budget cuts. We're going to have to, very likely, make some budget adjustments mid-year anyhow, because revenues have slowed as the national economy has slowed," the governor said.
Gee Deval, I thought Massachusetts was humming along like a finely tuned engine? We always hear about how great we are doing - just like back in the days of Michael Dukakis. Ya know, the Massachusetts Miracle? Also, did anyone notice the phrase 'budget adjustments'? I wonder if budget adjustments are code words for 'layoffs' under a Democrat Governor?
Suffice it to say Deval Patrick ended the interview with a comment about .... wait for it....here it comes.....RACE! Yup, when all else fails, mention race.
"It's hard to engage on race in America," said Patrick, who, like Obama, is the first black person to hold his political office. "It's all around us, but we haven't figured out as a nation yet how to acknowledge both the extraordinary progress we have made ... and how much remains to be done."
It's hard to take claims of racism seriously from a man that suggests the President ought to get a little "SOUTH SIDE" on Congress.....
If Deval Patrick and Barack Obama want to have America stop thinking of them as black men, then maybe they should stop acting stereotypically black..
The Liberal Blog FireDogLake.com asked, this week, why figures from the financial crisis weren't in Barack Obama's "Big Bird" ad.
There's only one thing that sticks out to me about this ad, though the casual viewer probably won't notice it. Let's look at that litany of Wall Street "criminals" and "gluttons of greed," which later get juxtaposed with Big Bird. You have Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay and Dennis Kozlowski. So two CEOs prosecuted and convicted by George W. Bush's Justice Department, and Madoff, whose son turned him in before Obama took office, in December 2008, and who pleaded guilty...
Interestingly FireDogLake found something really obviously missing...
...That's painfully telling. Nobody from Bank of America or Wells Fargo or Citigroup or JPMorgan Chase or Goldman Sachs or Bear Stearns or Morgan Stanley or Merrill Lynch or even Countrywide or Ameriquest was available to stand in as a "glutton of greed" in this advertisement. Literally no major figure responsible for the financial crisis has gone to jail. So the campaign has to use two CEOs from a decade-old accounting scandal, and a garden-variety Ponzi schemer. The financial crisis plays no role in this advertisement trying to juxtapose cuts to PBS with the financial crisis!
Today a federal judge ordered that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must pay for the sex reassignment surgery of a violent murderer. The Boston Herald has the story.
A federal judge today ordered state prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990.
Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide the surgery for a transgender inmate.
United State Senator Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts) and State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) reacted, almost immediately, to condemn what they term an abuse of tax-payer dollars.
Brown emailed the following statement, "This is an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars. We have many big challenges facing us as a nation, but no where among those issues would I include providing sex change surgery to convicted murderers. I encourage the state to appeal the court's decision. I look forward to common sense prevailing and the ruling being overturned."
Lyons also called for an immediate appeal by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, "This is an insult to the taxpayers of Massachusetts."
The Associated Press is reporting that the Massachusetts Health Care Price control legislation, supported by the House Republican leadership, is now being used as a model for a federal law. Obama allies are now eying the law, described by the Boston Business Journal as "Soviet-style", as a blueprint for national policy.
The approach broadly resembles a Massachusetts law signed this summer by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick that puts pressure on hospitals, insurers, and other major players to keep rising costs within manageable limits. It could become the Democratic counterpoint to private market strategies favored by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.
Health costs lie at the heart of budget problems confronting the next president. Health care accounts for 18 percent of the economy and about one-fourth of the federal budget, and many experts believe it can't grow unchecked without harming other priorities. Because the United States spends much more than other advanced countries, there's a consensus that savings from cutting waste and duplication won't harm quality.
"We think of these as the next generation of ideas," said Neera Tanden, who was a senior member of the White House team that helped pass the health law. Tanden is now president of the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank close to the administration.
And of course, if nationally you are opposed to this approach, you'll be branded extreme. Why? A large part because it received "broad bi-partisan support" in Massachusetts. There is a reason that I have been hard on our current minority leadership over this bill. This was the whole reason. It is wrong policy, and their go-along to get along attitude will now be used to bring us price-controls at the national level.
In Massachusetts, the new cost control law has its share of skeptics, but it doesn't seem to have provoked a backlash.
"These global budgets are going to be negotiated between health insurers and providers," said Jay Gonzalez, the state's secretary of administration and finance. "They are agreeing to pay for services in a different way. It isn't rationing. It isn't capping."
It's time for Massachusetts Republicans to offer a competing vision of governance. Something we are not getting at this time.
It took a Democrat, Jim Miceli of Wilmington, to give the most impassioned speech against, what the Boston Business Journal termed, "Soviet style" health cost control legislation. While the Republican leadership of the house was suggesting that their members vote for the legislation, Miceli lead the charge of the conservative wing of the house. Here is the video of the speech.
18 Republicans joined Miceli in voting against the legislation. On the day that Governor Deval Patrick signed the legislation, Moody's set a negative credit outlook on every hospital in the Commonwealth.
(Update: The Herald has picked up on the Warren link. Read it Here
Update 2: 91 news outlets have picked up on the tie between Warren's daughter and this lawsuit, first reported at Red Mass Group.
- promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)
Elizabeth Warren's daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi is leaving nothing to chance in the 2012 election for her mother. Warren Tyagi, the chair of the George Soros funded Demos Foundation, has bankrolled, through Demos, former members of ACORN in their pursuit to have the Commonwealth's welfare agency perform a voter registration drive. The Boston Herald has the story, although they missed the Warren familial connection.
The state has mailed out voter registration letters to nearly 500,000 welfare recipients, in a push sparked by a group led by former ACORN bigwigs that critics say is a naked bid to boost Democrats at the polls in November.
The letters, mailed last month by the state's Department of Transitional Assistance, went out as Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren have been locked in a neck-and-neck race.
The welfare system's get-out-the-vote push came in response to a suit brought by New England United for Justice (NEU4J), which is led by three former leaders of the controversial Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now. ACORN was disbanded in 2010 amid a voter fraud scandal.
Yesterday morning, Deval Patrick signed the health care cost control legislation, labeled as "Soviet-style" by the Boston Business Journal, and supported Brad Jones and other Republican leaders. Within hours, Moody's hinted at a downgrade in the credit ratings of the world class hospitals in Massachusetts. State House News has the story:
he health care cost control law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick Monday will hurt the bottom lines of Massachusetts hospitals and limit their flexibility to grow, a major credit rating agency warned Monday.
"The Legislation is credit negative for Massachusetts hospitals because it will limit their revenue growth and reduce their operating flexibility," Moody's Investment Services wrote in a credit analysis of the new law.
The report also suggested the money derived from a $225 million one-time assessment on health plans and major health care providers to help support community hospitals would artificially work to keep smaller hospitals in business, while limiting the expansion opportunities for larger hospital groups and hurting their credit standings.
"Another negative credit effect of the bill is that the state will use an excise tax on insurers to support smaller and less profitable hospitals, potentially allowing them to remain in business longer than would otherwise be possible and limiting the ability of larger systems to consolidate and grow through acquisitions," Moody's wrote.
This is just one reason that Red Mass Group went after the Republicans that supported this legislation by publishing their contact information. This is bad public policy, and bad legislation and will lower the quality of care in Massachusetts. Thank you to the 11 GOP Representatives who saw the light.
In 2009, President Obama created the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. According to its website, its mission is to "hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis as well as those who would attempt to take advantage of the efforts at economic recovery." The task force has charged some bottom feeders, like last Friday's arrest of a Connecticut woman who allegedly bilked $2 million from elderly people in a Ponzi scheme disguised as an investment.
They also went after the CEO of an Iowa brokerage firm who allegedly embezzled $200 million from customers. The CEO tried to kill himself, but failed. After investigators found his suicide note, in which he gave a detailed admission of his crimes, they charged him on July 13. It helps to have a hand-written confession, of course. Experts say "complex financial instruments" - a polite term for toxic securities - are so confusing that it's hard to understand how they work, let alone tie them to a particular crime.
Still, investigators couldn't ferret out a single fat cat from Wall Street?
Instead, we've had civil settlements. In February, the White House and state attorneys general agreed to a $25 billion deal with the nation's five biggest mortgage servicers. There have been other settlements involving other companies, as well. But compared with the damage done to the economy, the amount of money involved is peanuts. And the basic cause of the 2008 financial crash in the United States - the widespread practice, enabled by major financial institutions, of putting people into fraudulent, unsupportable loans - has gone unpunished.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has as its governor a Board Member of one of the worst financial actors, ACC Capital holdings. It is a topic we have covered extensively at Red Mass Group. Including the documented multi-state ethics violations Deval Patrick was allegedly part of.
Ms. Rodriguez, as a journalist, I would be more than happy to sit down with you and walk you through Deval Patrick's involvement in the destruction of our economy. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 27, 2012....Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday afternoon signed legislation restricting certain purchases by recipients of public cash assistance benefits and vetoed a bill that would require vehicle registration applicants to show proof of legal residency.
Though the governor signed the EBT reform bill banning the use of public benefits for things like alcohol, pornography and firearms and said he supported most of the bill, he warned lawmakers that his administration would not enforce the ban in establishments where the technology does not exist to differentiate between acceptable and prohibited purchases.
"I sign this bill with the understanding and on due notice that this administration will not enforce what cannot be enforces with respect to the use of EBT cards," Patrick wrote to the Legislature in his veto letter.
In response, Seth Gitell, a spokesman for House Speaker Robert DeLeo said, "We applaud the governor for signing the EBT reform legislation into law and expect him to fully enforce it."
Over the past few months, Red Mass Group has reported that Terry Thomas of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement still to this day recommends prosecuting Carl Stanley McGee, a former Deval Patrick administration official alleged to have committed the rape of a 15 year old boy in Florida. The allegations against McGee surfaced again when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission decided to appoint McGee to the position of interim executive director, after a cursory review of the allegations.
Red Mass Group has obtained the investigative report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement which recommended prosecution of McGee after the State Attorney declined prosecution. The report outlines both why Special Agent Thomas recommended prosecution, and why the State Attorney felt they had insufficient evidence to proceed. Nowhere does it state that either the FDLE or the ASA thought McGee was innocent.