Ex-House Speaker Finneran’s pension revoked
The state’s retirement board revoked disgraced former House Speaker Thomas Finneran’s pension today in a unanimous vote.
Finneran’s pension was worth $30,900 a year when it was suspended in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges.Now, I wouldn't have bet on this happening in a million years, not even with 100:1 odds. The past three Speakers of the House have left office in disgrace, facing prosecution for misconduct occuring while they were in office. Finneran, along with Charles Flaherty and Sal DiMasi, resigned as MA Speaker of the house when his crimes were discovered; Finneran was the least-objectionable of the three, with Flaherty resigning over tax evasion and DiMasi over fraud and extortion, but that's being the tallest midget in the circus.
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when this was discussed! One can only speculate on the actual motives - it's hardly as though the pension board is acting based on what's best for the state of MA. Remember, this is the same board that decided that sex offender James Marzilli still deserved his pension. So it's not like being a convicted criminal is sufficient reason to deny one a MA state pension. No, I suspect there were myriad other reasons, none of them having anything to do with fairness, MA law, or justice, but rather payback...
On a side note: Why the bloody hell do my fingers insist on typing "pention" rather than pension???
That is all.