4 Year-Old Girl Raped By Illegal Immigrant In Sanctuary State Massachusetts

Yes, you read that correctly.  Four. Years. Old.

From Michael Graham’s Boston Herald column:

For a little girl who spent this weekend lying in a Massachusetts hospital, the debate over illegal immigration isn’t about race or politics.

It’s about life and death.

Four-year-old Heidi was brutally raped on Saturday. Now she’s listed in “serious” condition at Baystate Medical Center.

Springfield police have charged 22-year-old Edlizar Mazariegos with aggravated rape of a child with force. Mazariegos, who regularly traveled up and down the East Coast without a driver’s license, is an illegal immigrant. As of this writing, he is on the run from Massachusetts police – likely for the first time ever.

He’s certainly had no need to run before.

This is, after all, “Welcoming Massachusetts,” where liberal Democrats openly support benefits for criminal immigrants and oppose immigration law enforcement.

Gov. Deval Patrick isn’t just ambivalent about border security, he’s openly hostile. He shut down Gov. Mitt Romney’s state police immigration-enforcement program and – in a moment of wince-inducing irony – was on my radio station repeating his opposition to local immigration enforcement even as the Herald was reporting the story of Heidi’s rape on its Web site.

This weekend, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona will be in Boston for the National Governors Association meeting. She’ll be greeted by protesters from groups who support Patrick’s pro-illegal stance, like the far-left ANSWER Coalition and the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Brewer will be denounced here by politicians and media pundits alike. But for what?

For a policy that, had it been in place in Massachusetts, could have prevented the rape of this little girl.

Nobody argues that all illegal immigrants are rapists, or that most of them commit violent crime. That’s clearly nonsense.

But what is inarguable is that politicians who allow criminal immigrants to live openly and easily in their states are, at some level, responsible for the crimes they may commit and the corruption they engender.

Deval Patrick should have to face the parents of little Heidi and explain to them why he is more concerned with giving animals like Mazariegos a driver’s license and in-state tuition than detaining them and sending them back to where they came from.

Cadillac Deval Gets The Hand From Legislative Leaders In His Own Party

Yesterday our hapless governor was again reminded of who is really running the show here in the Commonwealth as Beacon Hill leaders ended the 2009 session without dealing with the budget or education reform.

The war of words between the governor and some legislative leaders grew decidedly more forceful yesterday. Deval Patrick exhorted lawmakers to remain in session to address unresolved reforms and budget shortfalls, though as he spoke, most members were already gone for the remainder of 2009. 

Amid the back-and-forth, Patrick implied that the Legislature was shirking its responsibility, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo accused Patrick of political posturing. DeLeo apparently failed to return a phone call from the governor, a rare breach of political etiquette, especially between two key officials of the same party who had been trying to nurture a working relationship.

“It’s more than a little frustrating that they would leave for whatever it is, six or seven weeks, with so much of the Commonwealth’s vital business undone,’’ Patrick said during a rare, unscheduled visit to the State House press room.

“It’s my hope that the members will realize that their rules are of their own making, that they have it in their own power to work a couple of more days, or frankly, as long as it takes to get this work done.’’

Poor Deval.  First, The One comes to town to headline a fundraiser for his faltering pal and can’t even sell out a room.  Now he can’t even get a return call from the House Speaker.  Even Mitt Romney garnered more respect from the Dems on Beacon Hill.

MA GOP: Ted Kennedy is a hypocrite (updated)

I concur.

Brad Jones is the GOP House Leader and he didn’t mince any words on the subject:

Bay State Republicans are “appalled” at the “hypocrisy” of ailing U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s call to change state law to allow Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint his potential temporary successor.

GOP House Leader Rep. Bradley H. Jones accused Democrats of partisan politics for supporting Kennedy’s pitch after blocking a similar 2004 effort to give former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney the same power. Romney sought authority to appoint a temporary replacement for U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry had the senator won the 2004 presidential race but Democrats blocked the move.

Jones said he was “shocked and appalled by the blatant hypocrisy being displayed in regards to the potential replacement of Senator Ted Kennedy.”

“Back in 2004, when the possibility existed that then Governor Mitt Romney could be making an appointment to fill Senator John Kerry’s seat, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate hastily passed a law stripping the governor of the appointment power,” Jones (R-N. Reading) said. “Now, fast forward five years, a Democrat holds the corner office and suddenly there’s an effort to change the law yet again.

“The Democrats in Massachusetts have proven time and time again that they don’t hold democracy to the highest regard,” Jones continued. “Out of political expediency and convenience, the Democrats are again considering showing a complete disregard of the democratic process and the laws of the Commonwealth by contemplating a change to the law to serve their partisan interests.”

Howie Carr is reporting on his radio show that in 2004 it was Ted Kennedy himself who pushed for the change in the existing law to ensure that Mitt Romney would not be able to appoint a Republican to the Senate seat that he and the rest of the left were convinced would be vacated by a victorious John Kerry.  Even sweeter is the fact that it was the Boston Globe that reported on Kennedy’s efforts at the time.  They must have simply forgotten this minor detail when they published their story on Kennedy’s letter in today’s paper.

Update #1: The above is confirmed by today’s Wall Street Journal:

What Mr. Kennedy doesn’t volunteer is that he orchestrated the 2004 succession law revision that now requires a special election, and for similarly partisan reasons. John Kerry, the other Senator from the state, was running for President in 2004, and Mr. Kennedy wanted the law changed so the Republican Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, could not name Mr. Kerry’s replacement. “Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy,” reported the Boston Globe in 2004, “Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency.” Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments.

(emphasis mine)

Update #2: Howie Carr gives us his take:

No, no, a thousand times no to this last Kennedy play.

Here’s what this naked political ploy boils down to:

Sen. Ted Kennedy is basically asking the Massachusetts Legislature to repeal a law that he personally pushed through that very same Legislature in 2004. He would gut his own law in order to give a very unpopular governor the right to appoint a rubberstamp who might – might – provide the 60th vote in the Senate to ram through this Obama-care monstrosity that is vehemently opposed by an ever-growing majority of the American people.

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Ted Kennedy Urging MA Lawmakers To Change Succession Law To Ensure A Yes Vote on Health Care Bill

Ted Kennedy has sent a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo urging them to change the current succession law to ensure that Patrick could appoint a temporary replacement for him should he pass away prior to a vote on health care legislation.

While I am very sorry that Senator Kennedy is gravely ill he has no business asking the Massachusetts Legislature to change the law to serve his wishes.

Some background:  In 2004, the liberal establishment and the MSM were so convinced that John Kerry was going to beat George W. Bush in the presidential election that the Massachusetts Legislature became concerned that then-governor, Mitt Romney, would appoint a Republican to fill his vacant Senate seat.  So they did what any self-respecting, liberal hacks would do – they changed the law.  Massachusetts now requires a special election within five months of any Senate vacancy.  The law does not address interim replacements.  So what Kennedy is asking them to do is to change the law again to ensure an additional vote for ObamaCare should it come up for a vote when/if his seat is vacant.

Given the approval ratings of Deval Patrick these days, he may want to steer clear of this.  But then again, our Harvard-educated Governor always does the dumb thing when presented with the opportunity.