The Boston Globe editorial staff had a major breakthrough today! The Globe published a piece called Transportation: Patrick’s not-so-fresh start and to our surprise, the administration’s Morrissey Boulevard office comes out against one of Governor Patrick’s appointments to the new MassDot Board. We couldn’t agree more.
As the Boston Globe points out, the appointment of Janice Loux to the board is wrong on many levels. First off, she is nothing more than a union holdover whose priority will be looking out for unions not the best interest of the general public.
Secondly, it appears as if she had some level of involvement in ousting former MBTA General Manager Dan Grabauskas. Loux, according to the Globe, “played a key role in Patrick’s struggle to oust former T manager Dan Grabauskas. Loux fired the first public shot against him. She says she was acting on her own initiative, but her appointment to the new agency has the whiff of a reward.”
Is this the fresh start Governor Patrick promised? When asked to respond to criticism about his appointment, Patrick said, “This is new and anything new draws critics.’’
No, Governor, this is not new. The reason your appointment is drawing so much criticism, bipartisan in fact, is because it is the complete opposite of new. Loux served on the MBTA board for more than a decade and if that qualifies her as new, than we don’t want to know what old looks like!