Savage Doth Protest Too Much
Let’s stipulate that Rep. John Savage (R. East Providence) was only on this list as a procedural matter:
In the first step in what promises to be a long and tortuous legal path, at least 18 former officers, directors and employees of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation have received letters seeking the recovery of [$75 million in] money that auditors say was lost as a result of “apparent misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance.”
As far as I’m concerned, any opportunity to embarrass and otherwise prod the attention of long-standing members of the Rhode Island political class should be taken. Don’t whine about receiving the letter; rail against the fact that one can’t operate in Rhode Island government without being tainted by such things.
On the other hand, I’ll cede that Savage is correct to complain about this:
In an interview earlier Tuesday, Savage said that he was even more upset after learning that three other former Resource Recovery board members who had initially received demand letters were subsequently taken off the list — Avedisian and former Carcieri aides Jerome Williams and Dante Boffi. He said that his lawyer was rebuffed when he asked Carcieri’s legal counsel, Kernan King, to take him off the list.
Kempe said that Williams and Boffi shouldn’t have received letters because they served as the governor’s designees to the board, and did not have to be confirmed by the Senate. She said that Avedisian was removed from the list because he hadn’t served long on the board, and did so after the “bulk” of the alleged wrongdoing.
Rhode Island really needs a wave of leaders who’ll offer no political favors whatsoever. You know, representatives wholly on the side of voting taxpayers.