Ding Dong the witch is DEAD!

in General Discussion edited January 2014
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Bye Bye Swifty! You really proved to New England that you really were only the Acting Governor.


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    willoughbywilloughby Posts: 1,457member
    For those of us not in New England, would you like to tell us why you hate her so much?

    Just curious, I haven't been following any politics in your area.
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    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Okay, a quick summary:

    In the late 80s, Dukakis was Governor and ran for President. He got on the tank and ended up losing to George Bush. At a Democratic breakfast last year in Gloucester, he told us that he felt personally responsible for Dubya being in office, because if he had defeated George Sr., you would have never even heard of the Bushes.

    After Dukakis, John Silber, who was not such a nice guy, ran for governor against Weld. Silber is one of the people who helped create the terrible situation that MA public schools are facing.

    Weld left office to run for Senate against John Kerry and lost. This made Paul Cellucci the acting governor. Paul Celucci left office to be Ambassador to Canada. This made Jane Swift the acting governor.

    Before Swift was governor, she was using private helicopters to fly home on weekends, and had state employees babysit her children. It was a fairly big 'scandal' in MA. Under Swift, people who live outside of MA now have to pay their income tax, the cost of state schools has gone up, the quality of public schools have gone down (MCAS), the Big Dig has been completely mismanaged (lots of corruption), and the state needs to come up with $1 billion to balance the state budget, and the only thing she wants to do is cut taxes.

    She is pretty much a joke up here any way. It was so bad that the Republicans had to bring back Mitt Romney, who got destroyed by Ted Kennedy in a Senate race a few years ago. Romney has lived in Utah for the last few years trying to help run the Olympics.

    Her favorability rating was well less than 30%, less than any governor in the country after 9/11. A total embarassment, it's a good thing that Swifty is on her way out.
  • Reply 3 of 5
    A quick summary that starts with Dukakis and blames Swift for the problems with the Big Dig? If I lived in Mass, I also wouldn't be a fan of Swift. But bitching about using state employees for day care while giving Ted a pass on Chappaquidick shows us all why politics up there are such a joke.
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    brussellbrussell Posts: 9,812member
    You think you East-coast snobs have good scandals, you oughtta live here in the wild wild west.

    Last year, our Governor's chief policy advisor got drunk with some other local politicians, and drove home with the House Majority leader. They got in an accident, and the Majority leader died. The policy advisor survived, but claims not to remember anything.

    The other politicians, as they were also driving home drunk, discovered the accident, and took the survivor to the Governor's mansion. She washed his bloody clothes, and let him stay in the mansion for several days.

    It's been in the newspaper once or twice, that's about it.

    Montana is one of the remaining states to have a .10 blood alcohol content, as opposed to the .08 that most states now have. We also have no law against having an open container in your vehicle while you're driving.

    But we do have a speed limit now. Didn't for a few years.
  • Reply 5 of 5
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    [quote]But bitching about using state employees for day care while giving Ted a pass on Chappaquidick shows us all why politics up there are such a joke.<hr></blockquote>

    The funny thing about this is that the Republican's new candidate for governor couldn't beat Ted Kennedy. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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