Forgetful Montalbano

So, Senate President Joseph Montalbano forgot to report to the state Ethics Commission that his law firm did work for the town of West Warwick. Somehow he did manage to remember to report his work for at least 6 other towns. Imagine that, of all of the towns to not report…. A strange coincidence? In truth, I can’t believe that someone as savvy as Montalbano would purposedly leave out such info. If he did it on purpose, he had to know the sort of eyebrow raising it would cause if such a coverup was discovered. Then again, who knows what he–or any legislator–thinks he can get away with given the insulated culture that exists in the State House.

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Tim
Tim
15 years ago

Montalbano maneuvers his way onto the gravy train in West Warwick then drops all active resistance to a casino in West Warwick.
Call this the legal version of the unmarked envelope stuffed with cash.

Bobby Oliveira
15 years ago

Dear Tim,
If you were more familiar with the Senate President’s regular practice, you would realize that this was nothing more than a mis-file.

Bobby Oliveira
15 years ago

Dear Tim,
If you were more familiar with the Senate President’s regular practice, you would realize that this was nothing more than a mis-file.

Tim
Tim
15 years ago

Bobby,
I’m not referring to Montalbano’s sudden memory loss related to an unexpected onset of dementia.
I’m referring to his employment by the town of West Warwick.
It’s the legal version of the ummarked envelope stuffed with cash.
Joe makes his money then drops all opposition to a West Warwick casino.
Everyone understands what is going on here Bobby including you.

Anthony
Anthony
15 years ago

If you were more familiar with the FBI’s regular practice, you would realize that this was nothing more than something for which people get indicted.

Bobby Oliveira
15 years ago

Dear Tim and Anthony,
Appearently, you are also not familiar with the “relationship” that the Senate President and I have.
Leaving some foreclosure work off the list is a clerical misstep at best.
If there were really something here, I’d be all over it.

Joe Mahn
Joe Mahn
15 years ago

He’s a crook. The people know it. Kick the bum out!
J Mahn

Will
15 years ago

Gee, I don’t know, could it be possible that the Senate President got or was given said “foreclosure work” to do — which just so happens to have Tim Williamson as it’s City Solicitor — as a result of it just so happening to be in the town of West Warwick, which would then just so happen to be the primary beneficiary of said casino project, if resistance to a West Warwick casino suddenly “went away”? Oh, of course not. It’s not like Rhode Island is known for conflicts of interest or shady backroom deals or anything…
My favorite lawyer joke: When’s a bribe, not a bribe? When it’s a retainer.

Tony
Tony
15 years ago

Nice try Bobby,
Tax lawyers are the most meticulous people in the world. That is why they are tax lawyers. Imagine if he made a an $86K mistake on someone elses forms. He wouldn’t get much work after that.
Montalbano did exactly what it appears he did (to all rational onlookers, at least). He clearly did not want to be seen collecting money from West Warwick at the same time that he was helping to shepard casino legislation that benefited West Warwick (and only West Warwick) through the Senate. He should have recused himself on the vote for competitive bidding.
Whatever happened to honest graft, anyway??

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