Speaker DeLeo has stepped forward with a strong commitment to respond to the problems in the probation department.
It is clear that the speaker has read the report and that he reacts with the appropriate anger, and intention to take action.
Notably, he states: “I pledge the full cooperation of the House of Representatives in providing the necessary information required to ensure this abuse of the public trust never again occurs.” The report focused on the probation department, but suggested problems in the legislature itself. The statement acknowledges this and pledges cooperation with necessary further investigations.
This statement is big step in the right direction. Click here to read today’s Statement of Robert A. DeLeo.
In a separate follow-on statement reported in the State House News, the speaker addressed the future of Representative Petrolati, stating that “After considerable thought and discussion with Representative Petrolati, we have mutually agreed it would be in the best interests of the House of Representatives that he not seek re-appointment to the post of Speaker Pro Tempore when the House reconvenes in January”.