Last Sunday's Boston Globe offered this thorough report on State Rep. Thomas Petrolati who seems to have gone above and beyond when it came to padding his campaign and personal coffers by offering (or threatening to withhold) jobs at the Probation Department.

"Petrolati’s career also offers a glimpse into the nature of power on Beacon Hill, where key legislators can translate control over government budgets into favors for friends, family, and even themselves. Probation Commissioner John J. O’Brien, for years until he was suspended from his job last May, routinely pressured local hiring committees to give special consideration to Petrolati’s favored job candidates, according to Probation employees directly involved in the department’s hiring process."


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