The Baker administration was finally supposed to be held accountable today in Boston as hearings were scheduled in front of the State Legislature. An explanation was needed for how Boris Clitoris was able to keep his CDL, and kill 7 bikers in New Hampshire, despite getting a DUI in May that should’ve revoked his license. We now know that there were 53 bins of notifications from other states about licensed Mass drivers who should’ve had their license suspended, sitting in a room in Quincy. To this date no one has been held responsible for this except for Erin Devaney, who took a golden parachute out of town. Meanwhile Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack continues to make over $160,000 a year.
But the meeting never happened because Charlie Baker is covering shit up again.
Massachusetts lawmakers opened and then abruptly suspended their inquiry Monday into troubles at the state motor vehicle department that were exposed by a crash that killed seven motorcyclists. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation voted to recess just minutes into its oversight hearing after Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration didn’t make some requested officials available for testimony.
Democratic state Rep. William Strauss, the committee’s co-chair, expressed frustration the Republican administration didn’t make certain registry officials available for testimony and also didn’t provide a trove of requested documents. The committee had sought internal correspondences and other registry records and data.
“We owe it under the horrible circumstances of this case to find out information and get the witnesses,” he said.
Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and Acting Registrar Jamey Tesler had been present and prepared to testify at the hearing. But Pollack warned her agency would not be able to meet the committee’s full request for information and witnesses because of its own investigation into lapses at the registry. She said later the administration will work with the committee on a way forward. Strauss, whose committee lacks subpoena power, said he and fellow committee co-chair Sen. Joseph Boncore will confer with the Legislature’s leadership on next steps.
The hearing was prompted by a June 21 crash that killed members or supporters of the Jarheads, a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. Connecticut officials twice alerted Massachusetts about a drunken driving arrest against Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, but the registry failed to suspend the West Springfield man’s license before the deadly crash in Randolph, New Hampshire. Massachusetts officials later revealed the registry had been storing notifications of serious out-of-state driving violations since March 2018 instead of acting on them. The registry’s top official, Erin Devaney, resigned days after the crash.
Baker’s administration has said an ongoing review has led to some 1,600 drivers having their licenses suspended. Baker has also proposed legislation raising the state’s standards for commercial driver’s licenses above federal standards. Under the bill, those applying for a commercial driver’s license would have to demonstrate a history of good driving and would be ineligible if they have been suspended or disqualified from driving at any time in the prior three years.
Is there anyone more openly corrupt in the history of politics than Charlie Baker? He just bends the taxpayers over time and time again and none of it matters because he’s really good at throwing liberals a virtue signaling bone. He has the highest approval rating of any governor in the country and he knows why – because idiots in this state care more about him calling out Trump’s tweets than they do about cleaning up our corrupt institutions like the RMV.
The guy Baker ordered not to speak today was Braintree’s Thomas Bowes, who Baker appointed to head the Merit Rating Board at the RMV.
Here’s his job description.
The Merit Rating Board’s “primary mission is to maintain and update individual driving records and to report this information to Massachusetts auto insurers and other government agencies involved in transportation and public safety.”
You had one FREAKING job – make sure shitheads aren’t driving in Massachusetts. He failed. Its like if Tom Brady forgot how to throw a football and still got to play quarterback for the Patriots. Yet his boy Charlie told him not show show up to answer questions because then he might spill the beans that Pollack and Baker knew about those 53 bins and didn’t do shit about it. This piece of shit contributed to the deaths of seven people. A tragedy that was easily preventable. He has blood on his hands.
This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. The fact that our RMV suspended 1,600 people’s licenses as soon as they cross referenced with out of state agencies, shows you just how much of an abortion this agency is. Luckily Republicans like Steven Howitt, and democrats like William Strauss and Speaker DeLeo are both calling out the bullshit.
“This isn't right." Transp cmte Chair William Straus giving tongue lashing to Sec Pollack after people key to investigation failed to show up for hearing To investigate massive failures at @MassRMV. Story at 430
— Sharman Sacchetti (@SharmanTV) July 22, 2019
Every single state rep and senator should be holding Charlie Baker responsible for this. He is an incompetent jackass never misses an opportunity to chime in on Trump’s tweets:
Governor Charlie Baker called President Trump's weekend comments "racist" and "shameful." https://t.co/Ay7iCL1cqF
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 15, 2019
Because his only goal in life is to give liberals chub, and in doing so prove that he’s one of the “good republicans.” Calling Trump a racist is how you do that. Fixing the RMV? Not so much.
At the end of the day this all falls on Charlie Baker. This is all happening under his watch, no one is losing their job, and people continue to die due to his gross incompetence.
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