Ethics Report Released

Today, the Senate Ethics Committee released its investigative report and recommendations regarding the conduct of Senator Rosenberg. This clip of our Chair, Senator Rodriques, is a good overview.

You can read the full report here. By publishing this report, the committee is delivering on its commitment to make the full results of the investigation public while carefully protecting the identities of victims.

As Vice Chair, I fully support the findings and recommendations of the committee and expect to make little if any additional comment. The answer to most questions has to be “read the report” — I don’t want to paraphrase or inaccurately summarize the careful work of the investigator and the committee.

The Senate will consider our recommendations and take further action soon.

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Will…

    I saw you on Channel 5 local news — why don’t you put the news tape with you on it standing to the left of the commentator. As a web programmer, I make it a policy never to tell my passwords to anyone unless locked out of an account and as soon as it is fixed, I change them. What was Rosenberg thinking? Not even my boyfriend knows them. Also hacking has become so professional now — you don’t know who could be looking at a password database on the other end.

    Well so much for my paranoia — still hoping for a volunteer job with your campaign…

    Julia Green

  2. So, zero changes will be made to make it feel safer for staff to report inappropriate behavior on the part of leadership or their families? Because none of us can think of a single other senator whose spouse or family member may have behaved inappropriately? Sure. Ok.

  3. This is a sad day in the Senate. Sen. Rosenberg looked the other way too often. His husband was a user and a manipulator. A career has been destroyed but there has to be consequences for poor decision making. What we do for love.

    Thanks for your hard work. Tho I do not like everything on the reform bill, this is a huge leap to balance some of the bills in the past.

  4. It’s sad that this will be Senator Rosenberg’s legacy after so many years of good work in the Legislature, and as a Senate President who generally led by consensus rather than the heavy-handed top down style of so many of his predecessors (as well as House Speakers). Still, justice must be done.

  5. How do you punish someone for what their spouse does ? Is this new , Is it because he is gay ? Maybe what we need to do is just learn from this lesson and make it part of the training program of every newly elected official going into the State house

  6. I understand that mistakes were made. but the real problem was his husband, not him. For Gov. Baker and the AG to call for him to step down is unfair as they did not call for D.A. Joe Early to step down for his role in the judge’s daughter state police scandal. Could that be because Karen Polito (lt. Gov.) is from the Worcester area?? What happened out there was serious as to the integrity of the District Attorney’s Office and their medley in cases. I have heard of other complaints about that office as well. How do you ask for someone to step down from the Senate when it is obvious that it was his husband, not him who was at fault. He simply used poor judgement not to see it.Let’s be fair and ask Joe Early to step down as his medley can interfere with justice and is worse behavior than Stan Rosenberg’s.

  7. Senate and ethics in the same sentence -the definition of oxymoron-can”t stop laughing! He gets to keep his job for the same pay and benefits and has that lifetime kiss in the mail coming and has less “work” to do.

    That kind of “poor judgement” in the dreaded private sector gets you on a fast track to the unemployment office.

    1. Indeed. The difference is that for an elected member of the legislature, the employer is really the voters. So, we tend to want to let the employer making the firing decision unless there is a law violation — that is pretty consistent with the private sector.

  8. How can you not recommend publicly this man resign? The Senator knew of years of misconduct including numerous cases of sexual/racial harassment. He allowed for the man to use the private communication of the Senate President to email other Senators. Elected officials were afraid to say something because of his relationship to the President. He is now being charged of sexually assaulting 4 people. You stripped him of the Presidency? He cant be a committee chair? That is the best you can offer? For your sake and the sake of your colleagues I hope Mr. Rosenberg resigns on his own. If not for his own dereliction in duty than to shield the shame your colleagues you should feel for not demanding more of an elected official. This is the worst of insider baseball. And anyone who doesnt think so should ask themselves…..if it were the Republican Governor….Yes they would be marching in the commons.

  9. Good that he is resigning. Will he still be eligible for a state pension? I hope not. Perhaps something can be done to prevent him from getting it?

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