Governor ignores official Council vote - will install radical lesbian activist as Mass. family court judge. Supported by both Boston newspapers.
The political sleaze continues.
June 11, 2008
Maureen Monks, about to become the newest judge of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court, is a long-time radical lesbian activist attorney. She specializes in "gay" family issues. Last week, when her nomination hit some rocky waters getting through the Governor's Council, Governor Deval Patrick simply ignored their official vote and announced he will swear her in. Monks' nomination - and the governor's action -- was strongly supported by both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald on their editorial pages.
Probate and family court is very sensitive and important for families. And it's capable of doing terrible damage. Just ask anyone in the fathers' rights movement in Massachusetts. This is a very important type of judgeship.
How bad is she?
Among Monks' sterling qualifications:
"Maureen will be a phenomenal addition to the bench. MLGBA is very proud to call her a member and a friend," fellow Mass. Lesbian and Gay Bar Association member David Eppley told the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows.
But Governor's Councillor Mary-Ellen Manning did her homework. Her public statement brings up even more difficulties with Monks:
(Mary-Ellen Manning, the District 5 Councillor, is by far the most "sane" member of the elected Governor's Council and deserves a LOT of gratitude from all of us for courage, hard work, and willingness to tell the truth under fire.)
Here's how it happened
On April 29 it was announced that Gov. Patrick had nominated Monks for the position. On Wednesday, May 21, the Governor's Council interviewed her with some spirited questioning by some of the councilors about her resume and activities, according to State House News.
On May 27 the Council met and voted. According to news reports, there was a voice vote that went 5-2 in favor of Monks. But then Mary-Ellen Manning arrived late and voted 'no'. After that, Councillor Marilyn Devaney switched her vote, deadlocking it into a 4-4 tie. That 4-4 vote was recorded in the Council's official register. Lt. Governor Tim Murray was present but did not vote, so by normal rules the vote would have failed.
On July 3, after a week of thinking about what to do, the governor announced that he would consider initial the 5-3 vote as "official", and go ahead and install Monks as a judge. "After review, the administration has determined that the confirmation of Maureen Monks by the affirmative vote of five councillors stands," administration spokesman Kyle Sullivan said "This vote is reflected in the Governor's Council's minutes and its taped recording of the assembly. We are delighted with this outstanding nomination and look forward to a thoughtful, impartial administration of justice throughout her tenure."
There's only small problem: the Massachusetts Constitution, which says that the official register - not a voice vote or anything else - is what counts.
But Massachusetts politicians haven't paid attention to the Constitution for years, so why should they start now?
Boston's major newspapers in the tank
It truly sickens one to see how both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald distorted and twisted the facts about the situation.
On June 6 the Boston Globe wrote a scathing editorial attacking the Governor's Council as "just a sideshow" and praising Monks.
Then on June 9 the Boston Herald published its own editorial with an even nastier blast:
Forget about constitutional government in Massachusetts, folks. It's going down fast. And just imagine what family courts will be like with Monks as a judge.
And by the way . . .
Don't be shocked that the "conservative" Boston Herald is so left-wing. We warned you about that back in 2006 when owner Pat Purcell named Kevin Convey as editor-in-chief. Convey, who proudly has a poster of the communist murderer Che Guevera on his Herald office wall, is an angry liberal through and through. Our personal experience dealing with Convey when he ran the Herald's Tab newspaper chain was that his anger and contempt of social conservatives was never hidden.
(Regarding the Governor's Council: All judges are appointed by the Governor and must be approved by the 8-member elected Governor's Council. Most of the time it's a shoo-in. But lately, they've been paying attention!)