Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I Guess It All Depends...

...on one's definition of conflict.

The detective son of Mayor Thomas M. Menino moonlights as a “safety engineer” for a politically wired construction powerhouse that has landed millions in city contracts and regularly turns to the mayor’s team for necessary permits, the Herald has learned.

Detective Thomas M. Menino Jr., a 13-year Hub cop, landed the plum, 20-hour-a-week post with Suffolk Construction in January 2008, even as he pulls down a taxpayer-funded $86,000 annual base salary in the department’s intelligence unit. In 2007, he made $137,000 as a police officer with overtime and detail pay, records show.

Suffolk is one of the city’s biggest builders and general contractors, building and refurbishing schools and government buildings, most notably the Boston Police Department’s headquarters.

There’s no conflict,” the mayor said last night.

Nope. None at all.

Well, not by his standards, anyway. In Menino's fiefdom, this is what's known as "standard operating procedure". How can there be a conflict if everything's being done "by the book"?

But, wait! It gets better. Here's Mumbles showing off his special brand of superior intellect and keen political acumen that have made him what he is today.

Are you sitting down?

“It wouldn’t be a story if his name wasn’t Menino.”

You don't say!