Deval Patrick announced his Anti-Crime Council yesterday,
which he will chair, and which will meet monthly to discuss gun and gang
violence. I'd prefer the name reflect that purpose more accurately -- crime per se is well under control in the
state -- but the idea is solid.
Unfortunately, this looks like one of those committees designed to look
impressive and accomplish little or nothing.
I recently got hold of a list of co-chairs for a Mitt Romney
fundraiser in DC back on February 27, that’s chock-full of top-level lobbyists.
Several are with Dutko, the firm of Massachusetts’s
RNC committeeman and Romney supporter Ron Kaufman. Several are current or
former lobbyists for big Pharma or big tobacco. Several have direct connections
to indicted former speaker Tom DeLay and/or convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.