Sweet. Chris Christie Will Campaign For Charlie Baker In Massachusetts

Whiney teachers and hecklers beware.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who wrested control of the governor’s office from Democrats in that state, will campaign for Republican Charles Baker in Melrose Sunday morning. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for a rally at memorial Hall, 590 Main Street.

The rally will be held in the district represented by Baker’s running mate, veteran lawmaker Sen. Richard Tisei.

Christie always brings Teh Awesome and this could provide a nice boost for Baker as he hits the home stretch.

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Bawney Frank: Priceline Negotiator

Friday morning humor courtesy of Boston talk radio host and Herald columnist, Michael Graham.

For those of you who live outside of the Boston area, EBT cards are debit cards for welfare recipients and it was recently revealed that they can – and are – used for staples such as booze, butts, alcohol and the slots.

Finally. Rat Fink Cahill Pulls Lottery Ad As Marsha Coakley “Investigates” Collusion

Better late than never.  Tim Cahill finally pulled his taxpayer-funded state lottery ads last night after Marsha Coakley hauled Lottery officials into her office and then called on him to do so.  It must have killed her.  After all, a vote for the rat fink equals a vote for her pal, Deval.

Treasurer Tim Cahill agreed last night to stop running taxpayer-funded Lottery ads, hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley called on the embattled candidate to do so, after the release of explosive e-mails and texts that appear to show Cahill’s campaign staff working with the state agency to boost his sagging gubernatorial bid.

Late yesterday, Coakley told Cahill’s office she wanted the ads to come down until after the election.

“(To) avoid even the appearance of impropriety, we have informed the Lottery that we believe they should take the advertising down or postpone the ads until after the election,’’ press secretary Melissa Karpinsky said.

A source told the Herald the attorney general yesterday pulled in two top Lottery officials, the director of marketing and the legal counsel, and urged them to pull down the ads.

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Earlier in the day, GOP attorney general candidate Jim McKenna had urged Coakley, a Democrat, to go to court to halt the Lottery ads, noting the apparent coordination between Cahill’s campaign and Lottery staff.

The messages came out Wednesday in a high-stakes lawsuit that Cahill filed against former campaign aides he accuses of sabotaging his long-shot bid.

Cahill consultant Dane Strother sent a text to campaign manager Adam Meldrum on July 27 telling him: “Yes on lottery ads and he has plenty of money.”

An e-mail from Strother to Meldrum later that day outlines agenda items topped by “Get the Lottery immediately cutting a spot and get it up … Needs to focus on the lottery being the best in the country and above reproach.”

The same e-mail also asks how much is in the treasurer’s abandoned property publicity account.

Don’t get too excited about Marsha’s alleged investigation unless the feds take over.  We all know how her last email-gate investigation ended.

Boston Globe Columnist: Hey, let’s avoid losing a congressional seat by taking in millions of illegal immigrants!

This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in the Boston Globe – and that is saying a lot.  No matter that they are criminals and a drain on our society, this tool wants millions of them to flood our state to preserve a congressional seat.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s our fault they are called illegal because we have made it too hard to come here and feed off of the public trough.

The relative decline of our population compared to the rest of the nation has been the source of much soul-searching. Why don’t people want to live in Massachusetts? Some blame the weather, an unpersuasive answer if you’ve ever spent a summer in a growing state such as Georgia. Others blame our politics, our high housing costs, our taxes, and even our economy (it’s geared to college grads, and hence shuts out those of lower skills).

Solution: Illegal immigrants. Each member of Congress represents about 647,000 people. Get a few million immigrants to move to Massachusetts, and we’d start to get some muscle.

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Which is what puzzles me about this paroxysm of anti-immigrant rage that has swept the nation, a paroxysm that has even made its way into Massachusetts’s gubernatorial elections. Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has taken a tough line, supporting Arizona’s mean-spirited immigration law, ripping incumbent Deval Patrick for “siding with immigrants,’’ and vowing to put the State Police to work enforcing immigration laws. Patrick has been far better on the issue, but even as he decries “hate-mongering,’’ he agrees that “illegal immigration is a serious national problem.’’

No, it’s not.

Let’s deal first with this obsession over the word “illegal.’’ There is an easy assumption that “illegal’’ equates to immorality. But illegal immigrants are illegal because we have made it much harder today to be legal than it once was (did the Pilgrims ever have to show the Wampanoags their green cards?). Being illegal doesn’t make you a bad person any more than dropping the speed limit to 10 miles per hour would suddenly make those driving faster bad drivers. Indeed, if mere “illegality’’ was truly the issue, then you’d expect to see the anti-immigrant crowd pushing to loosen immigration rules.

Warped logic.

Boston Globe To Tierney: What Did You Know And When Did You Know It?

You know you’re in deep you-know-what when, as a Democrat, The Boston Globe demands that you come clean – and fast.

According to Representative Tierney, Patrice didn’t know the money was shady, and thought she was telling the truth when she filed Robert’s income tax forms claiming the money was from “commissions.’’ But that’s not what she asserted in court: A guilty plea is an admission to having knowingly committed a crime. John Tierney’s statement said that Patrice agreed only that she should have been more inquisitive about the true nature of her brother’s income. It was, in fact, a stunning lack of curiosity, since he previously had been charged with illegal gambling in the United States.

No one can account for absolutely everything a spouse does. But in most marriages, subjects like the management of a $7 million bank account tend to come up. John Tierney needs to explain precisely when he learned of this account, and whether he ever questioned its legality. The Tierneys made no reference to whether they themselves ever used or benefited from the money, though the congressman’s spokesman insisted that they did not. They should make it perfectly clear that they did not, and answer any and all questions on the matter.

With that information, voters should be able to make up their own minds about their congressman, who is on the ballot for an eighth term this November.

In handling issues like this, politicians usually follow a predictable script: There’s an expression of loyalty to one’s spouse, often followed at some point by an appeal to inquisitors to “lay off my family.’’ Inevitably, political allies pop up, chorus-like, to offer their support in such difficult times — as though someone got sick or died, rather than committed a serious felony.

Let’s hope the Tierneys and their supporters skip this drama and get quickly to the point: What did John Tierney know, and when did he know it?

Feel free to call his office and ask a helpful staffer.

Peabody: 978-531-1669

Lynn: 781-595-7375

Washington, DC: 202-225-8020

Democratic Congressman John Tierney’s Wife To Plead Guilty To Filing Bogus Federal Tax Returns For Her Brother’s Illegal Offshore Gambling Business; Update: Guilty Plea Entered

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This is my Congressman and he’s in a tough fight for for reelection against Republican Bill Hudak.  He’s a weasel…and he’s soon to be the husband of a convicted felon. Par for the course for a Massachusetts hack.

SALEM — The wife of Congressman John Tierney is scheduled to plead guilty today to federal tax charges arising from her brother’s illegal offshore gambling business, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Patrice Tierney, 59, of Salem, has been charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns, according to documents that were unsealed in federal court yesterday.

Prosecutors say the congressman’s wife managed a bank account from 2003 to 2009 with more than $7 million in money from illegal gambling activity by her brother, Robert Eremian, in Antigua. They allege she mischaracterized the deposits as “commissions” and her brother’s job as “computer consultant” in documents submitted to Eremian’s tax preparer.

We call that money laundering, boys and girls.

Tierney released a statement yesterday saying that his wife accepts full responsibility for being “willfully blind” to her brother’s action. He said she acknowledges that she “should have done more to personally investigate the true nature of Mr. Eremian’s business activities. …”

Tierney said his wife believed her brother when he told her eight years ago that he was leaving the country to pursue a career in selling or licensing software to a legal Internet gaming business. He said Patrice agreed to care for their ailing mother and serve as a “de facto” second mother to her brother’s three teenage children.

Riiight.

She now realizes that the trust she formerly had in her brother was misplaced and she should have more aggressively questioned Mr. Eremian when he asked her to pay his personal (and) some family obligations and tax payments from an account he funded,” Tierney said in the statement.

“I stand by Patrice in this difficult time,” he said. “As she moves on with her life, she continues to be the primary caregiver to her own mother; a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family; and a friend to the hundreds who know her.”

Hudak isn’t buying it.

“I call on John Tierney to disclose the full extent of his wife’s illegal activities and his own involvement, if any,” Hudak said. “We need full disclosure here.”

Hudak said last night that the charges against Patrice Tierney raise questions about John Tierney’s involvement.

A simple statement isn’t going to fly, Johnny.  He is asking the voters to believe that FOR SIX YEARS he had no idea that his brother-in-law ran an illegal offshore gambling business and that his wife managed its bank account.

Remember in November.

Update: Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in federal court this afternoon.

The wife of Democratic incumbent Congressman John F. Tierney pleaded guilty today to charges she helped cover up her brother’s $7 million ownership stake in a Caribbean gambling operation by falsifying his federal tax returns.

With her husband by her side – and former U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern heading up her defense – custom jewelry designer Patrice Tierney, 59, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young and copped to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false federal tax returns for the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

“I take full responsibility for what my part in this was,” said a soft-spoken and refined Patrice Tierney. She told the court she is being treated for depression and anxiety.

I’ll bet she is.

In what federal corruption prosecutors Fred M. Wyshak Jr. and Robert Fisher assailed in pleadings as a “conscious course of deliberate ignorance,” Patrice Tierney stated to her younger brother Robert Eremian’s tax preparer that the millions showing up in his Bank of America account came from “commissions” he earned as a computer consultant to Sports Offshore – a phone and Internet gaming racket based in Antigua.

“There were numerous, numerous red flags along the way that would have alerted the defendant that her brother was the owner of the business,” Wyshak said today. “She deliberately ignored those red flags.”

She and her Sergeant Shultz husband, Congressman Tierney.

Tierney sat listening to his wife’s confession with his head bowed and resting on hands folded together. He later emerged from court on his wife’s behalf but refused to answer questions as to whether today’s event could impact his re-election run this fall.

“Today is not about me. I’m here in support of Patrice,” the pol said.

Actually, today is very much about you, Johnny.  You still have lots of ‘splainin’ to do.

Bombastic Barney Blows Off Debate With Opponent

Barney says he’s too good, er, too busy to debate.

(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – We invited incumbent Barney Frank (D) to debate Sean Bielat (R). Sean Bielat was live in our Dedham studio. Barney Frank, who has held the seat since 1981, was unable to join us.

Frank’s office told us, The congressman is busy in Washington being a congressman. He welcomes debates, but due to scheduling conflicts he couldn’t make it tonight.

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Next thing you know, he’ll be scoffing at the idea of shaking hands with the masses outside of Fenway Park and calling Curt Schilling a Yankees fan.

Scott Brown Will Vote No On Disclose Act, John Fredo Kerry Seethes; Update: Dems Fail To Get 60 Votes Needed For Cloture

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Yesterday, Scott Brown announced he would vote against the Democrats’ thinly veiled attempt to influence the midterm elections in the name of the Disclose Act.  John Kerry, the Fredo Corleone of the Massachusetts Senate delegation,  begged the Tea Party and GOP to go along with the scam.

“In the year of the Tea Party, when the Tea Party is asking for accountability and the Tea Party is asking for sunshine and they want reform, I’d like to hear the Tea Party stand up today and say, ‘Republicans ought to vote overwhelmingly to have sunshine shine in on the funding process of our campaigns,’” Kerry said in a speech on the Senate floor. “I would think that the Tea Party ought to be excoriated over the notion that a corporation has been given the same rights as the Constitution gives to an individual.”

Senator Scott Brown criticized the bill, and Democrats for trying to move forward with it.

“Americans, especially those looking for work, want this Congress and this administration focused on job creation and getting the economy back on track,” the Massachusetts Republican said in a statement. “Putting people back to work should be our number one priority, not pushing through a wildly unpopular campaign bill that gives a tactical advantage to the majority party in future elections.”

Poor Fredo.  Michael has spoken.  Now go entertain some of your senator friends in Cuba.

Update:  Disclose Is Dead…for now.  Even the Maine Twins saw this bill for what it is.

John F-ing Kerry Disses Tea Party Candidates, Sarah Palin

Yesterday, John Kerry took some time off from cruising on his $7 million dollar yacht to send out a fund-raising email bashing the Tea Party and Sarah Palin.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry yesterday mocked Republicans as “Sarah Palin’s party” even as the New Hampshire Senate candidate she backed claimed victory in Tuesday’s primary and a Tea Party favorite emerged as the GOP’s best hope to break the Democratic stranglehold on the Bay State delegation.

“I think the Tea Party couldn’t ask for any better publicity than to be denounced by a millionaire who dodges paying taxes on his yacht,” said conservative gadfly Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.

Kerry seized on a Republican rift following Tea Party victories across the country – among them, Palin’s “chosen radical rightwing candidate” GOP U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, who triumphed in Delaware over establishment Republican Mike Castle.

“The news from Delaware is crystal clear: It’s Sarah Palin’s party now,” Kerry wrote in a fund-raising e-mail titled “Delawow!” distributed yesterday. “We have to fight back. Click here to contribute right now to make sure we defeat the Tea Party extremists.”

But conservative Washington observers said Republicans will get the last laugh come November.

“Kerry is the guy whose political instincts are always wrong. This guy’s presidential campaign was a punch line,” Reynolds said. “To call the Tea Party extremists is a joke.”

GOP analysts reveled in big conservative wins Tuesday, including Kelly Ayotte – graced by Palin with one of her coveted “mama grizzly” endorsements – who snatched a primary victory over Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne.

Among GOP challengers to the Bay State’s all-Democrat congressional delegation, Republican state Rep. Jeff Perry – beloved by local Tea Partiers – is given more than a fighting chance of winning the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. William Delahunt.

How inspiring.  If the Democrats are relying on Captain Botched Joke to rally the troops, then they are in even worse shape than we thought.   Keep it up, Dems.  Pretty please.

Suspect In Double Murder Was Out Free Pending Deportation Hearing

I don’t want to hear another word about this administration cracking down on illegals.  Try telling that the the families of the murder victims.

A fatal federal red-tape delay may have left a suspected illegal alien accused of gunning down two people at a Lawrence birthday party free to roam the country while awaiting a March 2011 deportation hearing, the Herald has learned.

Dominican immigrant Fernando Guerrero-Lara, 27, was awaiting a March 7 preliminary removal hearing in U.S. Immigration Court in Harlingen, Texas, when authorities say he and a second triggerman unleashed a bullet bloodbath at a Labor Day birthday bash at La Guira Restaurant on Broadway in Lawrence.

Guerrero-Lara, charged in Texas with violating immigration law, was scheduled to appear at a so-called master calendar hearing on March 7, a preliminary step toward deportation, said Kathryn Mattingly, a spokeswoman for the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

When he and co-defendant Johan Saintclair, 30, were busted, Guerrero-Lara coughed up to cops he was the subject of an “arrest of alien” warrant issued Aug. 12.

Mattingly declined to elaborate on why the Department of Homeland Security was trying to give Guerrero-Lara the boot and referred questions regarding why he wasn’t being detained to Harold Ort, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ort would only say, “An ICE detainer has been placed on Fernando Guerrero-Lara and we are aware of Johan Manuel Saint Clair (sic) and will take appropriate action as the situation warrants.”

How comforting.