RI’s Government by Aristocracy
Think we’ll hear repeated ethics complaints about this? (Emphasis added.)
The state Senate returned to a darkened Assembly chamber yesterday for a one-day session to confirm the appointment of a new District Court judge and two new magistrates, including the Senate president’s chief of staff and the sister of the Judiciary Committee chairman.
In unanimous votes, Senate President Joseph A. Montalbano’s top staffer, R. David Cruise, a former senator himself, was named magistrate of the Traffic Tribunal along with Alan R. Goulart, the chief of the criminal division at the state attorney general’s office.
The pair will replace Marjorie R. Yashar and Aurendina G. Veiga, both of whom left in 2005 amid ethics complaints. The positions carry 10-year terms and annual salaries of $128,650.
The Senate also unanimously confirmed Mary E. McCaffrey to the District Court bench. Currently a Family Court magistrate overseeing truancy cases, McCaffrey is the sister of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Michael J. McCaffrey, D-Warwick, who abstained from voting yesterday.
No doubt many of Rhode Island’s coastal-state snobs would gleefully perpetuate the cliché of incestuousness backwoods governing practices, but we’ve raised the practice to a governing principle.