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
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.

2 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 2:44 am

    What is it with this guy’s hands? Whenever you see he mentioned in the press he has an “iron grip”, “iron fist,” “stranglehold,” “tight grip,” “deadly grip,” or “clench-fisted.”
    Hopefully his successor will have a Kun-Fu Grip.
    Good riddance to this homophobic jerk.

  2. mk (unregistered) on September 27th, 2004 @ 11:49 am

    You know, it’s funny, “iron fist” came to me way before I even read that paragraph I quoted. Hee.
    Kung-Fu grip sounds good.

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