Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson is easily one of the most liberal politicians in the Bay State. I don’t think she’s ever seen a tax bill she hasn’t liked and voted for. She is one of the Boston Globe’s darlings, and they can always be counted upon to lavish her with laudations and acclaim whenever she finds herself in trouble.
Which makes me suspect that she might be in some trouble right now, judging by this piece they published today.
It’s wonderfully illustrative of just how the Glob will chuck anything resembling journalistic ethics — or even standards — when they have one of their own to defend. After all, Wilkerson hits the grand slam on their scale — liberal, black, female, and gay. She simply can not do anything wrong.
For example, they gloss over her “tax issues,” merely stating that she had pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors in 1997. The full story is that this champion of ever-higher taxes simply didn’t bother to file her own state and federal taxes for four years, plea-bargained it down to house arrest, and even violated that — and was serving in the state Senate during two of the years she didn’t file, as well as every year since.
They mention her having had a condo foreclosed on her, saying that her check “had fallen behind a dresser.” I’ve never owned property, but I have a very hard time imagining any mortgage company foreclosing over a single missed payment. One would think that such a predatory company, making a victim of such a high-profile customer, would have been buried in bad ink, but I don’t recall any such accounts.
Wilkerson is the ideal face of the Democratic party in Massachusetts. She votes consistently for higher taxes, but can’t be bothered to actually pay her own. She refers to opponents of new taxes as “stingy,” but doesn’t pay her own bills. She sticks taxpayers with the bills for all her ideals and dreams and beliefs, but can’t be troubled to pay her own mortgage. And now she thinks that as a candidate, she was entitled to spend contributors’ money however she saw fit — including giving herself over $18,000 in undocumented “reimbursements,” buying herself undergarments, and hiring her two sons as “consultants.”
Senator Wilkerson is expected to run for her seventh term this November. I predict she will win handily.