Finneran to resign?
Just heard on WBUR (NPR) that Finneran is probably going to step down as House Speaker sometime today, as he’s accepted a job with The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (article here, from Boston.com).
Finneran has been Romney’s whipping boy ever since Romney got into office, but I don’t feel too bad for Finneran — he’s ruled over the Legislature with an iron fist. As the article says:
Finneran has been on Beacon Hill since 1979. In his eight years as speaker, he has maintained an iron grip on the House, employing his mastery of arcane legislative rules to bolster bills he supports and bury those he opposes. In a largely anonymous body, he is well known from the Cape to the Berkshires.
He’s also under some kind of cloud with regards to possible perjury.
Good riddance, but I don’t know who his successor would be, or if said successor would be any better.