Deval Patrick slams ‘trivial’ pursuits
Dismisses attacks over hires, raises
By Hillary Chabot
Friday, March 20, 2009 - Updated 1m ago
A dismissive Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday belittled as “trivial” recent exposes detailing plum jobs and fat raises to the politically connected under his watch, saying the controversies won’t distract him from “meaningful” issues.
“One of the challenges in life is concentrating on the meaningful and letting the trivial take a back seat,” Patrick said in the Senate reading room, after a reporter asked him whether patronage-packed Beacon Hill still has credibility with the public.
“I sometimes feel like I’m in a profession now where that is completely upside-down,” he added.
Patrick has come under fire in recent days for seemingly cynical moves that appear at odds with his stated mission of reform.
The Herald disclosed yesterday that Patrick is pushing hefty $26,000 raises for sheriffs in two low-crime island resorts. The paper also reported that the Turnpike slipped two $100,000 staffers onto its payroll, while failing to lay off any toll takers as the governor had promised.